Options for Treating Sunburn From a Tanning Bed
Tanning beds give off concentrated UV rays, which are stronger than outdoor sun rays. However, sunburns from tanning beds may not be apparent until hours later when redness begins to appear. You should leave a tanning bed immediately if you notice red areas appearing on your skin. If you do get sunburned from using a tanning bed, there are several treatment options available to help you feel better. This options will lessen the pain and reduce the redness.
Apply cool compresses to the sunburned area as soon as possible. Use cold packs or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Leave the compress on for 20 minutes at a time. Do this three times a day to reduce pain.
Take over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for pain. Take the medication until the pain and soreness subside. Follow the instructions that come with the medication.
Apply topical hydro-cortisone lotions to sunburned areas to help sooth and cool your skin. Rub lotion on gently. Completely cover the sunburned area. You can find hydro-cortisone lotions at your local drugstore.
Apply moisturizing lotions to sunburned areas to restore moisture to your dry skin. Avoid moisturizers with heavy perfumed scents as they irritate already damaged skin.
Wear loose clothing to avoid irritating the sunburned areas. Wear sandals instead of shoes if your feet are sunburned.