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A Guide to Sunburn Blisters

Stay sunburn-free, NYC.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 7, 2022

It’s summer and you would rather be outside all day at the beach instead of working. Hanging out with friends at Central Park rather than cleaning your apartment. Spending time outside of New York to escape the much anticipated humidity. While all this is great, we just hope you are doing one thing: Applying sunscreen every 2 hours.


Summer is a time we all look forward to, filled with increased down time with friends and family and multiple activities outside. But it is not the time to forget about the ultraviolet rays that could wreck havoc on the skin. Wearing SPF and applying it often is the easiest way to avoid skin cancer, sunburns, and sun blisters.


But in the event that you get burned while on vacation or enjoying a day out, it can eventually turn into skin peeling. Or even a blistering sunburn, which sadly could have fever, headache, or nausea components. Which is where we come in, your trusted skincare and SPF friends here to save the day and your skin. Below we are sharing ways of preventing UV damage for the rest of the high temperature days ahead.


What are sunburn blisters?

Sunburn blisters are the easiest telling that you have a level 100 sunburn. Essentially they occur when UV light damages the skin surface so strongly that a sort of serum-like liquid (combination of water, proteins, and electrolytes) will leak to the surface of the skin. The liquid is what you will see on the surface of the skin, similar to a wart, those are the sunburn blisters.


Unfortunately, it’s more common for fair skin to blister vs. darker complexions, due to the melanin (pigment) count in darker skin tones that helps protect against some UV damage.


How long do they last?

Well, as long as a sunburn, so usually a couple of days to a week, depending on severity of the UV damage. And sadly, if your blister is really bad, it could lead to discoloration and take months to improve.


What should I do?

If you want to speed up the recovery process, do not to attempt to break the blister, as they will only make things worse and create an environment for added bacteria and infection. Instead, focus on cleansing the area around the blister with soap and covering it with a gauze.


If the sunburn is really affecting you and aloe is not working to soothe your skin, you might want to seek medical help for a prescription or treatment plan to cure your skin of the blistering. So, don’t ignore it.


The all-in-all way to avoid this is to apply sunscreen constantly with SPF 30 or higher.


Since it’s summer, here’s the sweaty guy’s skincare guide as an added bonus.

Photo via Viktor Solomin