How to treat sunburn in Nigeria:10 ways to treat sunburn

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Let us talk about sunburn and how to treat sunburn in Nigeria. Only a Nigerian who lives in Nigeria will be able to talk about the harshness of Nigeria’s sunny days.

Nigeria, especially the northern part of the country can be so hot that even air condition will start blowing heat, what I am trying to say is that you and I have a high chance and possibility of getting sunburn.

Being burnt by the sun due to exposure to ultraviolet rays can leave dark patches on the skin and that is why every skin tone either fair or dark should always wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and if you have dark skin tone you should always wear an SPF with broad spectrum 15 to help prevent sunburn and other skin problem that is attached to cumulative exposure to sun rays.

Also read All you need to know about sunscreen and the best sunscreen product for you.

So whenever you get a sunburn it is very important to begin treating it as soon as possible as not to damage the skin. 

The bad news is that if you leave the burns on your skin with the hope that it will fade off on its own, it, will leave some permanent spot on your face and which is the last thing you ever wanted to happen to your delicate skin.

And you should know that simultaneous exposure to the sun will add up and will not only cause sunburn but it could lead to skin cancer and premature aging and, that is why the first thing that every person should opt for, use every day and add to a skincare routine is “sunscreen with at least SPF 30” to keep the penetration of UVA and UVB at bay.

The good news is that you can treat sunburn even at the comfort of your home and with things you can find around your house and local drug stores. In addition to stopping further UV exposure, dermatologists recommend treating sunburn with some simple and effective sunburn remedies.

So according to the dermatologist, you should treat sunburn with the following method.

Cool baths to reduce the heat. It is vital to take a cool bath to reduce the heat (especially when you are just coming in from a hot sunny atmosphere) and reduce inflammation.

Cool bath alone is very effective at reducing skin inflammation and suits burns.

1.Moisturize the skin

Moisturizing the skin will help to trap moisture to the skin and help ease the discomfort caused by dryness. It will be a good move if you apply your lotion into the body as soon as you finish taking your cool bath and all you have to do is:

  • Get a neat towel to gently pat yourself dry, make sure to use a clean towel as not to irritate the skin or clog your pores with dirt
  • Leave a little amount of water on your skin.
  • Apply your moisturizer to trap the water in your skin.

2.Cold compress

This is a tested and confirmed method to treat sunburn. All you have to do is to apply a cold or wet cloth to your burn for 10 to 15 minutes to suit your skin and you can just wrap an ice block into a towel and use it to dab the affected area of the skin. As for me, I use to place an ice block on the affected area for few seconds and try again till the ice block dissolves.

3.Aloe Vera

Treating your sunburn in Nigeria with Aloe Vera is another effective option. Fresh Aloe Vera is a natural remedy for sunburn. In a study carried out in the year 2009, it was made known that Aloe Vera heals a second-degree burn in a matter of three days.

Aloe Vera contains glycoprotein that can help speed up the healing of burns by stopping pain and inflammations. Aloe Vera contains some emollients that can help to heal the wound faster, moisturize the skin and fasten the skin cells regeneration. Hence, applying a fresh Aloe Vera will help to induce its protein into the skin and heal burns faster.

4.Opt for Aspirin or Ibuprofen

This over-the-counter drug can help to reduce the swelling, redness on the skin, and discomfort attaché to the burns quickly.

5.Slow down your makeup routine

If you are the type that makes up, it’s time to slow your makeup routine down because sunburn can make your skin super-sensitive to makes and which could trigger itching and rashes on the skin.

Also read: Proven ways to do long-lasting makeup in Nigeria

You should make sure to keep your makeup simple make sure to avoid anything that will irritate your skin like a face mask and you can resume your make-up procedure again when the burns are treated.

6.Drink a lot of water

This is the time that you have to make water your best friend, drink a lot of water to keep your skin hydrated because sunburn will dry out the skin by drawing fluid away from the body and draw it to the skin surface.

7.Treat your burns with baking soda

Baking soda is another effective remedy for sunburn that all you have to do is:

  • Mix one cup of water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Stir very well 
  • Dab it to the affected area with a cotton bud and use it every two hours
  • Keep using it till it fades off

8.Use fresh factor( an herbal soap for sunburn)

This herbal remedy is very effective at fading off discolorations, uneven skin tone, and most importantly “sunburn” I recommend the fresh factor because I have used it before and it works just fine for me. You should give it a try too.

9.Shea butter

Still wondering how to treat sunburn in Nigeria, you should try Shea butter. Shea butter is rich in fats that can help to eradicate sunburn with few usages. It also has 

anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties that can help to reduce inflammatory and some other skin problems like rough skin, dark patches, and cracked heels.

Good enough this natural emollient is now being used when formulating skincare products like moisturizers, makeups, and other emulsions. All you have to do is to apply it to the affected area as much as possible to get rid of sunburn.

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10.Make use of a broad spectrum 

Like I said earlier, you should make use of a broad spectrum with an SPF of at least 30 and as recommended by dermatologists to keep your skin from being fully open to dangerous UV radiations. If you are light skin, go for at least a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and you can opt for a higher number of SPF as it does not harm the skin neither does it prolong the wear time before you reapply again.

And if you have dark skin, you should still make use of at least SPF 15 because the presence of melanin in the skin will help to keep the skin from getting hardly penalized by UV radiations. 

And keep in mind that not all sunscreen heal sunburn and the majority of sunscreen does not heal sunburn but can only help to protect the skin from sunburns.

And that is how to treat sunburn in Nigeria and almost every part of the world.



Moreover, If your skin blisters,( Blisters form to help your skin heal and protect you from infection.) then you have a second-degree sunburn. According to what Dermatologists recommend, you should:

  • Let the blisters heal on their own. Don’t touch it and if the blisters cover a large surface, such as the whole back, or causes headache or a fever, it is advisable to seek immediate medical care.

Conclusion How to treat sunburn in Nigeria

Sunburn can disfigure the face and also comes with discomfort so you try as much as possible to not get it and if you have sunburn already, you should try any of the proven and effective remedies for sunburn that we discuss in this post and come back to thank me later.

Either way, you should not slack with your Sunscreen usage every day because it can help to prevent you from getting sunburn and it can also protect your skin from deadly penalties of UV radiation like skin cancer and premature aging.

Over to you

Now it’s time for you to talk to me, what is your experience with sunburn? How do you treat sunburn? What type of sunscreen do you use? And what sunburn remedy will you recommend to me?

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