aspirin for sunburn

aspirin sunburn

aspirin sunburn

Aspirin contains acetic acid that helps with sunburn.  The key is application of acetic acid to sunburned areas.  One way to apply acetic acid is to use vinegar.  Like aspirin, vinegar contains acetic acid.  You can use diluted vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it directly on the sunburns.

You can also use crushed aspirin mixed with water.  This will allow you to apply a cream or liquid form of aspirin directly to the sunburn.  The acetic acid can minimize an uncomfortable sunburn.

aspirin for sunburns


ways to prevent skin cancer

Taking action for long term skin care is one the best ways to prevent skin cancer.  You may have heard of sun tanning and too much UV rays causing skin cancer.  Just reducing your exposure to UV rays by covering up or using sun tan lotion can help prevent melanoma, but did you know that another way to  prevent skin cancer is by eating right and applying health nutrients to the skin.

The main cause of skin cancer is excessive sun exposure. The sun destroys fibers in skin. UV light also causes wrinkles and other visible damage associated with aging.

According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, a good diet with fish, olive oil, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables (a Mediterranean diet) has been found to reduce the risk of melanoma by as much as 50% (IJE).

Results After careful control for several sun exposure and pigmentary characteristics, we found a protective effect for weekly consumption of fish (OR, 0.65, 95%CI = 0.43–0.97), shellfish (OR, 0.53, 95%CI = 0.31–0.89), fish rich in n-3 fatty acids (OR, 0.52, 95%CI = 0.34–0.78), daily tea drinking (OR, 0.42, 95%CI, 0.18–0.95; Ptrend = 0.025) and high consumption of vegetables (OR, 0.50, 95%CI = 0.31–0.80, Ptrend = 0.005) in particular carrots, cruciferous and leafy vegetables and fruits (OR, 0.54, 95%CI =0.33–0.86, Ptrend = 0.013), in particular citrus fruits. No association was found for alcohol consumption and any other food items.

Conclusion Overall, our findings suggest that some dietary factors present in the Mediterranean diet might protect from cutaneous melanoma.  (IJE)

There are many ways to prevent skin cancer but there are no guarantees. The best way minimize your chances is to take action now and be consistent for the sake of your skins longevity.

If you are concerned about long term skin care then you should really read this research by the International Journal of Epidemiology, “A Protective Effect of the Mediterranean Diet for Cutaneous Melanoma”.

Skin melanoma has been one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in Caucasian populations over the past several decades.1 Ultraviolet (UV) exposure is widely accepted as having a predominant role in the genesis of skin melanoma, however, there are others little explored factors such as diet, which could act as promoters or inhibitors of melanoma initiation and/or promotion.2–3 There is also a striking variation in the cutaneous melanoma risk according to geographic location. For example the United States (20 cases per 100 000 inhabitants) and Australia (50 cases per 100 000 inhabitants) have the highest reported incidence rates, while in Europe the highest rates are found in Scandinavia (about 9–22 cases per 100 000 inhabitants) and the lowest in Mediterranean countries (about 3–11 cases per 100 000 inhabitants).1 This variation could be explained by differences in latitude, altitude, pigmentation of the population,3 sun exposure behaviour2 and by other factors such as different dietary patterns.



June 3, 2008.  International Journal of Epidemiology. “A Protective Effect of the Mediterranean Diet for Cutaneous Melanoma”.

sunburn and vinegar

Sunburns and vinegar cancel each other out like fire and water.  Not only is it a disinfectant, but vinegar can also promote healing by balancing the pH of sunburned skin.  It decreases the likelihood of a blister forming.  Vinegar contains acetic acid which is on the main ingredients in medications such as Aspirin.

Applying vinegar to the sunburn

sunburn vinegar

sunburn vinegar

There are few ways that you can apply the vinegar to the sunburned area.

1.  Use cotton Balls – douse cotton balls into vinegar and dab the vinegar on the affected area.  You can also just soak some paper towels in the vinegar and dab the area.

2.  Mix vinegar in a bath – Pour 2 cups of vinegar into a cool bath.  Soak in the tub for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. Put in a spray bottle – mix water into a spray bottle 1/2 vinegar/water and apply be spraying the affected areas.


best diet for acne eggless french toast

You can eat something delicious and still have a filling, healthy breakfast.  Here is one meal idea for you:  Eggless french toast.

If you are allergic to chicken, eggs and other processed foods, it can be frustrating to sometime have to go without.  Other people can eat whatever they want, but you your skin breaks out in acne if you eat something as simple as french toast with eggs.  When all your favorite foods trigger allergic reactions, it can feel a little depressing.

It feels like heaven when you accidentally taste food that has something you are not supposed to eat.  You take a slow bite, or savoring sip of something that makes you salivate.. then you pause  “Omg, this is egg soup!  I am allergic to eggs!”

best diet for acne

Instead of avoiding that food, lets make an alternative! It makes our life happier eating the food that we really love. 🙂 Right? Ok, here’s the recipe I made.

French toast without adding eggs added to its ingredients. Instead, I added flour and cornstarch to make it fluffy and a bit crispy. Similar to that taste with eggs in it. Avoid the use of white sugar if you are making our own syrup because its not good for the skin:


Eggless French Toast  Syrup:

  • 1 C brown sugar
  • ¼ C water



  • 4 slices loaf bread
  • ⅜ C   flour
  • 1 pc   egg
  • ⅛ C   skim milk
  • 1 tsp  sesame seeds, sauted
  • ⅛ C cornstarch
  • ⅛ C sugar, brown
  • ½ tsp   vanilla
  • ⅛ C   water
  • ½ tsp salt

best diet for acne eggless french toast


  1. Cut the loaf bread into 2 pieces in a triangle form.
  2. Heat the pan with oil.
  3. Fry until golden brown.
  4. In a plate put some tissue when placing the french toast so the excessed oil can soak before serving.

2-3 persons serving.



treatment for burns

treatment for burns

treatment for burns

There are all kinds of burns that occur on the skin.  Treatment for burns depends on the type.  You got sun burns, cold burns, chemical burns, liquid scald burns, tar or plastic burns and each has a degree to which the burn can occur.

Sun burn are the most common type of skin that occurs on the skin.  Though sun burns seems harmless and treatment for sunburn is quick and easy, overtime these minor skin burns can lead to melanoma if you don’t do anything to protect yourself from UV rays.  The long-term effects of UV rays on unprotected skin is well known.

treatment for burns frostbite-prevention

treatment for burns frostbite-prevention

Cold burns are probably not familiar to you unless you have lived in a cold environment for a long time.  Its where part of your body become exposed to the extreme cold over long amounts of time until it actually starts to feel like its burning.  Areas such as ears, fingers, nose and toes usually get the worse of it.  Treatment for cold burning sensation is to warm up.  Try to cover ears and nose and tucking your hands under each armpit.  The sensation of “cold burn” can indicate one of the first sign of frostnip that can lead to frostbite.  reference: medicinenet

There are so many types of chemical burns, but we will only summarize on the most common type that comes from natural foods.  Foods like chilis can cause severe irritation to the skin due to the substance inside the peppers.  Remove that substance from the skin by washing the affected area with soap and water.  After that, apply a large amount of vegetable oil on the area for about an hour.  For any other chemical burns call your local Poison Control Center or the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222)  reference: medweb

For scalding water – liquid burns run cool tap water over the burn for 10 to 20 minutes.  Apply sterile dressing – plastic wrap works.  Do NOT pop the blisters.  reference: st Johns nz.

For electric burns its important that the person is no longer being touching the source of electricity.  Make sure they are still alive if they look incapacitated. Cover the effect area with loose fabric, call 911.  reference: mayoclinic


club sun tanning

A flawless, sun-kissed tan is sexy and very popular in North America, and parts of Europe.  It makes people look younger and fit.  However is it possible to tan without the long term risk of melanoma?

club sun tanning organic airbrush solution

club sun tanning organic airbrush solution

There are hundreds of “Club Sun Tanning” salons in the US.  Many of these tanning salons offer healthy alternatives to sitting under a UV light for hours a week.  One of them is organic airbrush solution as another Option

You should understand that a “tan” is your skins defense mechanism from the UV rays of the sun which is a radiation that can cause cancer after prolonged exposure.  Your skin attempt to protect itself by getting darker.

Use of sun screen while tanning is another way to minimize the amount of UV rays soaking into your skin.  The sun screen will still allow enough the UV rays to get through that you will get a tan.


symptoms of radiation

symptoms of radiation elysium

symptoms of radiation elysium

In the movie Elysium, Max Da Costa (played by Matt Damon) is working in a robot factory when he is accidently trapped in a chamber and exposed to a lethal dose of radiation.  Da Costa gets violently ill after a few hours and only has a few days to live.  His drive to live sends him on a quest to break into the utopian satelite city, Elysium to be healed by their Med Bays.  To do this he has a cybernetic exoskeleton bolted to his body.

Real life is not so glorious.  The real picture of the symptoms of radiation are best captured

symptoms of radiation chart hiroshima girl

symptoms of radiation Exposure – hiroshima girl

in the victims of real life. Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when and atomic bomb was dropped on her city, Hiroshima.  She was 100 miles from ground Zero.  After the bomb she developed swelling behind ears and on her neck.  She also developed leukemia.  She died at age 12.    

Modern use of Chemo therapy shows the symptoms of radiation exposure.

Early symptoms of radiation sickness*
Mild exposure (1-2 Gy) Moderate exposure (2-6 Gy) Severe exposure (6-8 Gy) Very severe exposure (8-10 Gy or higher)
Nausea and vomiting Within 6 hours Within 2 hours Within 1 hour Within 10 minutes
Diarrhea Within 8 hours Within 3 hours Within 1 hour
Headache Within 24 hours Within 4 hours Within 2 hours
Fever Within 3 hours Within 1 hour Within 1 hour
Later symptoms of radiation sickness*
Dizziness and disorientation Within 1 week Immediate
Weakness, fatigue Within 4 weeks Within 1-4 weeks Within 1 week Immediate
Hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, infections, poor wound healing, low blood pressure Within 1-4 weeks Within 1 week Immediate

* Adapted from Radiation exposure and contamination. The Merck Manuals: The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals.




Recommended sensitive skin products

People with sensitive skin (myself included) find it hard to get products that are suitable for us.  Before purchasing a product, we must research and reading through the ingredients because if we don’t they can cause rashes, itchiness, and redness.  Based on my personal experience, products containing whitening chemicals for peeling have also caused my skin irritation.  So always make sure you always try before you commit to any one product and read reviews.

sensitive skin products

scars from skin allergy

Most importantly, give your skin nutrients.  Don’t just focus on external creams and powers, make sure you take vitamins.  Take Vit E (1000 IU) everyday as a nourishment for your skin.  It repairs damaged cells and regenerates skin. Also take Vit A as it is a replenishment of cells.



My top 5 effective sensitive skin products by recommendation and personal experiences:

1. Dermatologica has offered a product line made for specific skin types. Dermatologica sensitive skin products are a Super Sensitive shield SPF30 Sunscreen, climate control lip  treatment, redness relief moisturizer, ultracalming anti redness masque and ultracalming cleanser.,default,sc.html

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2. Cetaphil is proven and tested to work for many people with different skin issues. They also have products that help heal acne fast. It is also tested and recommended by dermatologists.

3. Neutrogena has made products specifically for sensitive skin such as Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion with SPF 20. It helps protect skin against harmful UV rays.

sensitive skin products



4. Johnsons baby  sensitive skin productsis well suited for people with baby like skin. Johnson’s baby soap free hypoallergenic is what I use daily for my face and body. I don’t use any kinds of soaps because it itches.  I also don’t apply any body lotion because it makes my skin too sticky,itchy and uncomfortable.


5. Paula’s choice is highly recommended by some women I know who had used the product.  CLINICAL Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief this product is for Acne Breakouts, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea and other skin sensitivity problems

Paula’s Choice also recommend their Fragrance free sensitive skin products as research found that fragrances can cause allergic reaction.

Here are some testimonies of Paula’s Choice customers:

Hi Paula’s Choice!! I’ve been using Paula’s choice for almost 5 months now! I can’t say how appreciative I am for Paula’s products, philosophy, honesty, and reviews. I’ve always had a hate relationship with my skin. Always broken out and usually tight and dry. I’ve tried so many different products and wasted so much money on prodcuts that didn’t work. When I found out about Paula’s choice, I was sceptical. Is there really a company out there who has my best interest at heart? Well I can now say there is!! I’ve tried several different products from Paula. I think I’ve finally found my perfect routine. My skin has never looked better!! I love it!! I no longer look in the mirror and think I need botox or cry because of all my acne. I even go into public with just moisturizer and mascara on!! And still get compliments on my skin! I have the skin I used to envy!!! All because of Paula’s products!! So very grateful!!! And I LOVE how I can send the products that didn’t work for me back!! With no hassle! So very awesome! I can try anything without worrying about more wasted money! Please let Paula now how much I appreciate her! My life would not be the same had I not discovered her products and reviews. I’ve gained great skin and so much knowledge! If we lived in Seattle, I’d love to work for her company! Such a great company. Thanks so much for everything!!
— Betsie

I do use the Resist Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing System. I find that even my sensitive, rosacea skin can take the weekly lotion very well, and I use the daily smoothing treatment twice a day. I also swear by the Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol. Again, although I can’t handle your latest retinol product, this works great for me. I’m a fan of the Skin Recovery Cleanser, but I realize my first item has two things in it. Whenever I’ve strayed and tried another cleanser, I always come back. In fact, I gave up straying years ago on all these products – just not worth it!

This is so generous. Seriously, I’d love to do any kind of speaking out for Paula’s Choice. You wouldn’t believe the compliments I get. Even my dermatologist has said I have great skin. I’m truly not trying to toot my own horn, but daily care with the right products over the years has certainly paid off. My mother refuses to even wash her skin at night, and yes, it shows.

Might I add one comment about the “save for later” option? It’d be great if it didn’t expire, like Amazon. I find the shopping carts that do, like Nordstrom, annoying. I know it’s to urge us shoppers to buy sooner rather than later. But I personally find the former much more useful.

Thank you again, Bryan. You all do a great job, and I hope your success continues.

All my best,
— Lynn

I wanted you to know: I am extremely impressed by the new retinol serum. I have used it seven nights in a row—without any irritation whatsoever (for the average person, this may not sound impressive, but my history with retinoids–prescription and otherwise–is sordid, to say the least). Anyway, usually, I can use a potent retinol product for 3 days before terrible things happen. And usually I cannot find a balance between effectiveness and irritation, so I give up altogether. Weak retinol does nothing and a stronger dose wreaks havoc. I haven’t found an in-between product — until now.

I am impressed with the packaging, the texture and the results. Since I became allergic to benzoyl peroxide (the saddest thing to ever happen), I’ve been searching for other anti-acne options. The retinol serum looks like it might be a winner (my skin is 100% clear after a week!). And if it ends up diminishing the sun damage on my face, I’ll be ECSTATIC.

I hope you’ll pass along to Paula that someone who’s very, very sensitive is actually having great success with this product. I am sure I won’t be the only one. The company should be very proud of this product; I think it just raised the bar — big time — on non-prescription retinoids. This one might even give some of the prescription ones a run for the money (I have been prescribed, at one point or another, almost all of them).
— Dustin

How to avoid a sunburn on scalp

How to avoid a sunburn on scalp ?

A  sunburn on the scalp is understandable since the top of your head can be the most exposed to the sun.  A sun burnt scalp is not just something for bald people since it can also happen to scalps with hair parted to expose parts of the scalp.  What is worse then a blister on a sunburn scalp?  It hurts and its on an awkward part of the body.  If you want some relief from the pain, check out “sunburn pain“.

How to avoid a sunburn on the scalp:

1.  Wear a hat

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for the ladies, one of the best hats you can get to protect your scalp from sunburn is a coolibar sunblock hat (and it looks good).  The bucket style sun hat is also great for blocking UV rays.  A baseball cap is good too but if you are out for a long time you may need to consider your neck.  A baseball cap does not cover that at all.


2.  Sun tan oil

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If your scalp is going to be directly exposed to the sun, you may want to rub some sun screen on your head.  Get that SPF down into the exposed parts of your scalp.




3.  Timer (don’t stay out long)sunburn on scalp Plan on not staying out in the sun very long.  For example, If you plan to jog during a sunny day, keep a timer not exceeding more than 10 minutes for people with very fair skin. Longer exposure in the sun can be prone to skin cancer.

4.  Find Shade

sunburn on scalp

There is usually shade somewhere and if there is not plan on making your own.  An umbrella or even a large outdoor umbrella can be used for creating shade.



5.  Wet Towelsunburn on scalpA nice cool, damp towel on a hot day is perfect for an exposed scalp.  Keep your towel in a cooler to prevent sunburns on the scalp and to keep cool.

There is no doubt about it, sunburnt scalps are painful!  You can also get melanoma on the scalp so make sure you take precautions.  Sunburns are no joke.

sunburn scalp melonoma


sunburn pain

Sitting out in the sun and getting burned is STUPID!!  Don’t do it.  It’s just not a smart thing to do.  And it does not matter if your skin is dark with extra protective melanin, you can still get burned.  If you have been burned before, you should know better.  If you are an adult, you should know better and that is why its stupid ESPECIALLY if you have very fair skin.  The short term effect is looking stupid and feeling pain and the long term effect is skin cancer.

But if you should find your self feeling sunburn pain, here are a few ways to relieve some of the pain.

Topical anesthetics – lidocaine is the active ingredient that allows some creams and spray on products to relieve the pain of a sunburn.  Products like Lidocaine Tropical and Numb Nuts can keep away sunburn pain.  But please note that some people are allergic to it.  You should try lidocaine on a small area of skin before risking make your discomfort worse.

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Moisturizer – What can make sunburn pain even worse is very dry skin.  The sun evaporates all the moisture from the skin and cause the skin to become extremely dry.  The sunburnt areas become cracked, blistering, itchy and flaky which makes things much worse.  Moisturizing the skin can help relieve some of the pain.

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Cool Water – OK.. we are not talking about “cool water” cologne.  DO NOT put cologne on your sunburn.  We are talking about water (H2O) that is cold.  You can soak a washed cloth, throw it in the freezer and get some cooling on your skins hot spot.

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You can also run a bath of cold water and dip your sunburned body.  A shower is probably not a good idea.  

Aloe vera is often used for all kinds of burns.  For a sunburn, it will soothe and moisturize the affected area.  The moisture can even help to stop some of the peeling.  You can find Aloe vera in products like Banana boat.

sunburn pain

aloe vera plant

Baking Soda – You can brush your teeth with it, clean your toilets and porcelain with it, you can cook with it, and you can also soothe sunburn pains with it.  Is there anything that baking soda cannot do?  Add a little baking soda to your cold bath and be prepared for pain relief.  You may need to stay in the tub for a few minutes and let the baking soda stay on your body.

Oatmeal – How does oatmeal help with sunburn pains?  Well, just add water!  Add oatmeal to your a cool bath (about 1/2 to 1 cup) and let Quaker Oats do its job.  Don’t get fancy and get maple and/or raisin flavors!  Just get the nasty stuff with now sugar and no preservatives.

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Aspirin – Ibuprofen, asprin and other over the counter pain relievers are probably the most obvious way to minimize sunburn pain.

When all else fails, try a combination of Asprin, Lidocaine/moisturizer after your cool Baking Soda/Oatmeal bath, then apply you freezer cooled towel to the sunburned area.  If that doesn’t work, go to the hospital.

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