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Should I use benzocaine or lidocaine to treat a sunburn?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

No, you should avoid products with benzocaine or lidocaine when treating a sunburn. Rather than help the skin recover, such products can aggravate the sunburn. Also, these ingredients have been linked to allergic reactions.

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