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How should I treat peeling skin from a sunburn?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Peeling skin after a sunburn is actually associated with recovery, so it is best to avoid aggravating it. You may apply a light moisturizer to keep skin nourished. At this time, you may notice that your skin is blotchy in color. Don't make the mistake of trying to correct it with a self-tanning product (like a lotion or spray). The dead skin that is in the process of peeling will pick up the tint and emphasize the problem instead of camouflaging it.

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