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Bad Sunburn and Wrinkles on the Face

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

What are Bad Sunburn and Wrinkles on the Face?

Erythema, better* known as sunburn, is the most obvious sign of UV exposure. When a person gets bad sunburn on their face, the damaged skin becomes red, dry and often feels tight. The sunburn will peel as it begins to heal. Sunburn is actually a form of short-term skin damage. Extremely bad sunburns can cause temporary wrinkling and sagging of the skin. The reason people sunburn is because their immune system increases* blood flow in response to damaged cells in the epidermis. The increased blood flow is why your skin turns red. A signal is sent to the brain telling it that the affected skin is painful and burning*. Sunburned patients also complain of feeling a continuous heat in the affected areas.

What are the Different Types of Sunburn?

There are different stages of sunburn. Like with any burn, there are varying degrees.

  • Stage 1: Skin becomes golden during the first stage. During this stage, your skin may adapt itself to the UV exposure by thickening and darkening. During this stage, your skin is tanning.
  • Stage 2: During this stage, your skin starts to redden. Some people do not notice this at first. Skin will be sensitive to the touch.
  • Stage 3: Red skin darkens or may become a purplish red color. This stage of sunburn is painful. Skin becomes swollen and sore. Color will be quite vivid in comparison with your other skin.
  • Stage 4: This is the final stage of sunburn. The damaged skin forms blisters and starts to peel. Skin is painful to the touch and even when it is not being touched. Depending on the severity of the burn, you may need to seek medical attention.

Does Sunburn Cause Wrinkles?

In a sense, sunburn can cause wrinkles. With severe sunburn, wrinkles are only temporary, however, since your skin is being exposed to the harmful rays of the sun, you are damaging your skin, which will also accelerate the aging process. It is important to know that you can also damage your skin by using a tanning bed. You can also get sunburned while using a tanning bed. The more sun you get, the more likely you are to develop wrinkles and cancer.

Are Sunburn Wrinkles Permanent?

Sunburn wrinkles are typically not permanent, but they are a sign that your skin is in a great deal of distress. Sunburns dry out your skin, so keep your skin well-moisturized. Aloe Vera gel can help reduce* discomfort levels of sunburn. You should also use a gentle moisturizer. Some lotions contain Aloe Vera. Some doctors recommend Noxema, which will not only moisturize the skin, but also provide cooling relief*. Wrinkles should fade when the sunburn heals. To avoid sunburn, wear SPF 15 or higher and reapply ever two hours.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Sunburn?

Sunburned skin starts to become red at first. This often goes unnoticed at first. The redder it becomes, the more painful it is and eventually skin will start to peel and could ultimately blister. Once someone has sunburn, the skin may continue feeling heated, even when the person is no longer in the sun. Sunburns itch as they heel and the damaged area will peel from the burn. Treatment is dependent on what stage of sunburn you have.

What are the Symptoms of Severe Sunburn (Sun Poisoning)?

According to WebMD, severe sunburn is called sun poisoning. It does not actually mean that the person has been poisoned. It occurs when ultraviolet radiation inflames the skin. Most people don’t realize this, but you can get sunburned within 15 minutes of continuous sun exposure. Redness and discomfort sometimes takes hours to show. People who spend a good amount of time in the sun without protection can become severely burned. Sun poisoning causes skin redness and blistering, pain and tingling, swelling, headache, fever and chills, nausea, dizziness and dehydration.

What is the Treatment for Sunburn?

There are several things you can do to treat* your skin after sunburn. The first and most obvious move is to get out of the sun. Taking a cool (not cold) shower or bath and/or applying cool compresses can provide some amount of relief*. Since you are likely to be dehydrated, you should also drink additional liquids (preferably water) throughout the day. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help ease* the pain. Aloe gel and moisturizers will also help. Be sure to completely cover sunburned areas when going outside in the future throughout the healing* process.

This Infographic – Bad Sunburn and Wrinkles on the Face – Was Created By Consumer Health Digest.

What are Experts Saying?

Sunburns can be serious, although many people laugh them off. Your skin is damaged and it is burned. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. One sign of severe sunburn is when your skin forms blisters or if it becomes extremely painful. Facial swelling and fever and chills is also serious. If you have an upset stomach, headache, confusion, faintness or are showing other signs of dehydration, you should see your doctor immediately.

Home Remedies for Sunburn

Add baking soda to bathwater for additional relief*. Oatmeal powder is another option. You can also create your own cool compress by soaking a washcloth in cool water and directly applying it to the affected areas. Finally, wash two potatoes, cut them into small chunks and blend them until they are in liquid form. If they look dry, add water. Pat burned areas with the pulverized potato mixture and allow to dry. To remove*, take a cool shower.