How To Treat Windburn

I spent the day on the lake and came back with a painful windburn. Though I regularly use sunscreen, this wind burn took me by surprise. Do you have any suggestion as to home treatments and how can I prevent this from happening again?

Wind Burn is sometimes very painful and sunscreen alone will not protect you from getting wind burned. According to dermatologists, wind burn happens when the skin is removed of moisture and becomes irritated and chapped. A really bad wind burn can even peel, much like a bad sun burn. Protect your skin by moisturizing regularly to keep skin from drying. If you have a wind burn, avoid heating or cooling the skin quickly. Some expert suggest taking an over the counter anti inflammatory for pain relief but only if you are sure that you are not allergic to the medication. Keep skin moisturized often and visit a physician if the pain is intense or the burn is severe. The best way to deal with wind burn is to be pro active about prevention.

Source: K. Depew, News Director