Most redheads have experienced sunburn at some point or another in their life. Sunburns can be painful, uncomfortable, and downright annoying. Your skin turns red and may even peel depending on how bad the burn is. We know sunburns are caused by harmful UV rays, but what is actually happening to the skin? It’s more than just turning red, here’s what you need to know.
Why does the skin turn red?
A sunburn is your skin’s reaction to overexposure to UV rays. This overexposure causes damage to the outermost layer of the skin. The reason your skin turns red is because your body’s immune system activates its natural inflammatory response. During this process, extra blood is sent toward the surface of the skin to help heal the skin cells. This is also why the skin becomes tender and more sensitive to the touch.
Why can the skin blister?
Not all sunburns will blister, but sometimes they do. Often blisters occur when it’s a second-degree burns and a lot of damage has been done. Second-degree burns may mean the burn has damaged more than the outermost layer of skin and even the nerve endings. The blisters may appear hours or even days after the sunburn has occurred. If accompanied by fever, chills, nausea, or severe pain, consult your doctor.
Why can the skin peel?
Skin begins to peel as the sunburn starts to heal, typically around three days after the burn has occurred. This is the body’s way of getting rid of the damaged skin cells. When a sunburn peels, you want to make sure you’re keeping the skin hydrated and allow it to slough off naturally. Pulling or scraping at the skin can lead to more damage to the skin and even infection.
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