A sunburn on its own can feel awful enough, but if it gets really bad, your skin can also develop uncomfortable blisters.
“Sun blisters develop when the skin becomes so inflamed that connections between skin cells become disrupted” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
These blisters don’t exactly look or feel great, especially because you’re already dealing with red, painful, swollen, and even peeling skin.Treat and heal sunburn blisters safely
It can take up to two weeks for sunburn blisters to heal but there are a few steps you can take to give your skin a bit of extra love:
Drink lots of water
When you have a sunburn, your body shuttles water from other areas to your skin. Chugging plenty of H2O can move the process along and will prevent dehydration.
Cover the blister up
If you just have a few blisters, covering them with a bandage to avoid accidentally traumatizing them.
“They will heal all on their own in the overwhelming majority of cases.” It’s also a good idea to cover the area when you go outside. Wear tightly-woven fabrics (like soft cotton) for max protection and comfort.
Keep it cold
Applying ice (make sure it’s wrapped in something!) to the area can help reduce swelling and pain. Cold, damp compresses will offer similar relief.