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This Is How You Actually Heal A Sunburn

Spoiler: Milk is involved.

Sunburns are quite possibly the worst part of summer.

It's like, how can Earth just betray you like that?

Here's what to do when you've been burned to a crisp.

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BuzzFeed Life consulted three experts for this story: Dr. Maryann Mikhail of Spring Street Dermatology, Dr. Snehal Amin of Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, and Dr. Debra Jaliman.

As soon as you see redness, RUN.

Grab a cool compress.

For a more ~organic~ remedy, try putting milk on the burn(s).

But whatever you do, don't put ice on a sunburn.

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Jaliman says placing ice on sunburned skin could actually cause a cold burn ON TOP of your sunburn. That's so many burns.

Apply an aloe-based cream or gel.

Aloe is an anti-inflammatory, which helps soothe red, irritated, and sunburned skin. It also just feels sooOOoo nice on a burn.

Bonus Tip: Keep aloe in your fridge so it's ~chilled~.

Or hydrocortisone cream.

Or place green tea on your poor sunburned skin.

To cut down on ~peeling~, use a fragrance-free moisturizer.

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"Continue to moisturize the area with a fragrance-free, cream-based moisturizer several times a day. Keep the area protected from sun with either frequent reapplication of a physical or mineral-based sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher (not chemical) or with protective clothing," says Mikhail.

And remember to drink lots of water.

Sunburns makes you prone to dehydration, so it's important to replenish your body's water ASAP.

Take ibuprofen for short- and long-term relief.

And if the burn is bad enough, you're going to need to seek medical attention.

Mikhail explains that if you experience any of these four symptoms, paying your doctor a visit is recommended:

- The burn covers a wide body surface area (more than half)

- There are blisters

- There are systemic symptoms like a high fever, chills, or severe pain

- There are areas that develop increased redness or pus (signs of infection)

And, above all, remember that when it comes to sun, less is more.

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