True or False? You should put sunscreen on your sunburn the night you burn yourself because it will stop further damage from occurring:
I saw this advice floating around in my Facebook feed and was confused. The thinking here is that your skin still burns (kind of like a steak still cooks after you take it off the grill) so therefore sunscreen will still help even after you come inside.
Dr. Jaliman noted that if the sunscreen contains zinc oxide, a known anti-inflammatory, it could help with the swelling. “But other chemical sunscreens would be more irritating to a sunburn,” Jaliman said. NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf said, “Sunscreen at night won’t do anything other than act as a moisturizer.”
The Verdict: Skip it. There are better treatment options, and it does nothing to prevent further damage. Read on!