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Turning the Sunburn into Suntan

Why do people spend thousands of dollars coming to the Maryland beaches for fun in the sun, then turn the experience into painful memories with sunburn? According to Dr. Michael Hall it is a simple matter of oversight “They get involved in the events of the day and forget to apply the suntan lotion.  Occasionally you get people who are used to having a suntan but, for whatever reasons, have not been able to get outdoors much lately.   Their tans have faded and they have forgotten that you can’t just spend unprotected hours in the sun without paying the price.”

Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, although painful, can usually be treated at home – or the hotel room. “Sunburn symptoms will be most severe six to 48 hours after the exposure.” States Dr. Hall.  “There are some simple rules that can be used to avoid burning and also to alleviate the pain.”

1.  Be aware that some drugs and cosmetics contain substances that cause the skin to absorb more of the sun's radiation. These include, but are not limited to, Birth Control Pills, Tetracycline, diuretics, and some of the major tranquilizers.  If you are taking any prescription medications you should check with your physician prior to major sun exposure.

2.  Know your skin!  Apply a sunblock with a PF of 15 or greater if you are among those most likely to burn, lower if you are less likely.  An ounce of sunblock will effectively cover your entire body.  Use a higher-level sunblock for the tips of your ears, bridge of your nose, or, if you are among the super intelligent, that bald spot.  Sunblock should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before venturing out into the sun and re-applied at least every hour.

3.  Sunburned eyes are no joke, and it can take 12 to 24 hours before you realize you have a problem!  Avoid that gritty, sand in the eyes feeling by wearing sunglasses.   Purchase a good pair of sunglasses that will block up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  

4. Don’t forget your head!  Wear some type of loose fitting protection on your head, especially when sunning or sailing. 

5.  The sun is most damaging between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during our summer months.  Limit your outdoor activities between those times and try to do your golfing, play tennis, swim, etc., in the early morning or late afternoon.

6.  If you do burn, don’t apply a cream or petroleum jelly.   It will trap in the heat and make things worse.  Use pure emu oil to sooth your skin and alleviate the pain.

7.  Do not use a product containing benzocaine on your sunburn.  While it may provide temporary relief, in the long run it can cause skin irritation and prolong the healing time.  

8.  Blisters indicate a second-degree burn.  Do not break the blisters and if they break on their own, do not peel off the skin.  Use of emu oil immediately after exposure has been known to prevent blisters from forming, however, if blisters have formed, application of the oil may help the skin to heal quicker so you can continue to enjoy your vacation.

9. Take care when bathing.  Do not scrub or shave your sunburned skin.  Never, never use bath salts or a bubble bath type product when you have a sunburn!  If you feel it is necessary to put something in the water, use ½ oz of Pure Emu Oil.   Take a cool bath and gently pat your skin dry.  Apply Pure Emu Oil to the skin as an after bath moisturizer to ease chafing and skin irritation. 

10.  If you have a sunburn, stay out of the sun!

Dr. Hall went on to say “The hardest part in dealing with sunburn is that people tend to listen to their friends on what to do, and those remedies may actually make things worse in the long run.  Believe it or not, in today’s modern world, the best aid for damaged skin is actually an old Australian Aborigine cure, emu oil.”  The American Emu Association agrees.   In a recent press release they stated, “Emu oil is also excellent for sunburn relief, moisturizing the skin to avoid peeling as it magically relieves the burning pain and the redness that lingers after a day in the sun.  And it also moisturizes parched skin after any outdoor adventure.”

To better serve individuals requesting the oil, Dr. Hall and wife, Alexandra, started their own company, Outback Medic.  Their Survival Gear for Skin ®, unlike most products formulated for sunburn care, does not contain petroleum products, only pure emu oil.  “Petroleum products just provide temporary relief by blocking air and water from the wounded skin” muses Dr. Hall, “they do nothing to heal.  Emu oil is what your skin needs.  A little bottle of emu oil can go a long way towards making a vacation enjoyable.”  For more information Outback Medic survival Gear for Skin®, visit http://www.outbackmedic.com or contact Dr. Michael Hall at 1.877.77 MEDIC



        Emu's Zine does not diagnose, prescribe or dispense medical advice.  We report and attempt to educate the public about the possible health benefits derived through the use of emu oil based products and consumption of low cholesterol, low fat emu meat.   This site contains personal testimonies and professional observations.   We encourage people to contact their family physicians regarding any health problems they may have for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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