Can Shaving Foam Treat Sunburns? What Dermatologists Have To Say And A Few Other Tips To Soothe Your Skin

Date July 13, 2018

Shaving cream: a new home remedy for sunburns?

What can bring effective relief for a sunburn? You probably know some traditional, widely used remedies (such as panthenol), but have you heard about shaving cream?

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Cindie Allen-Stewart, a woman from Texas, thought of this ingenious trick and used a shaving foam with menthol to treat her own and her family’s sunburns, and it worked!

The woman shared the instructions on how to apply shaving foam on her Facebook page:

Why does the remedy work? Health asked William Huang, MD, associate professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, to elaborate on this. He explained that the soothing ingredients (such as coconut oil, palm oil, and glycerin) found in shaving creams help relieve the pain, redness, and itching associated with a sunburn. But he said that the effectiveness of this remedy depends on the degree of sunburn and your skin type. He told Health:

Once you put that shaving cream or that aloe on, the damage is already done. And if the damage has also reached those deeper layers of skin, you may very well have a blistering phenomenon or a peeling phenomenon.

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Dr. Huang also reminds us that it’s best to prevent a sunburn than to treat it. Symptoms caused by a sunburn are one thing, but much more serious is the damage your skin accumulates over the years of sun exposure. In some people, sun damage leads to skin cancer, which is why you should do your best to limit it.

Cindie Allen-Allen Stewart did mention the importance of using sunscreens in her post. She uses them, but gets sunburned anyway.

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If you want to try this unconventional remedy Cindie uses, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • don’t use remedies containing menthol on children aged 6 and younger;
  • before using this remedy, do a patch test first;
  • don’t forget to moisturize your skin afterwards.

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A few other tips to relieve a sunburn

To relieve the pain, itching, and redness caused by a sunburn, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following:

  • cool down with frequent showers or baths, and moisturize your skin afterwards to prevent dryness;
  • take a NSAID (if your doctor allows this!) to ease pain and irritation;
  • drink plenty of water;
  • if you have blisters, don’t pop them or pick at them;
  • wear loose clothes while your skin heals;
  • wear clothes made from tightly-woven fabrics when outside to protect your skin from further damage.

Source: Health, American Academy of Dermatology, HealthLine

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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