You wore sunscreen. You even reapplied it. But somehow, it happened: You got a sunburn. Maybe you forgot a spot, or maybe you didn’t reapply often enough, but whatever the cause, it’s red, it hurts, and you’d like it to be gone as soon as possible—without peeling, please and thank you. I asked New York City dermatologist Doris Day what to do if you burn more than just the marshmallows for your s’mores this Independence Day.
Get out of the heat.
“As soon as you notice the burn, the first thing to do is get out of the heat. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do that. Immediately, get to a cooler place and take a cool bath if you can to cool the skin so it stops burning.”