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Hi everyone, I recently had an
accident with a hot water bottle
and have scalded my face, neck,
chest and breasts. My burns are
2nd degree and blistered, so I am
trying to prevent scaring and
Can you advise the best SPF for
sun protection, that will not cause
irritation to my face.
I also need a foundation that I can apply
over this, that also has SPF protection.
I am so worried that the sun will make the
pigmentation of the healed red areas permanent.
Also, if you have any advice on what I can use
on the other areas to prevent scaring, your input
would be very much appreciated. Thank you
Sorry you haven’t had a reply to your post sooner. I’m part of the ABSUK admin team and am not medical but questions about sun protection have come up before and I can re-iterate what I’ve heard many burn survivors suggest, however, I would definitely recommend you contact your burns team for suggestions on sun cream as well.
Most suggest you do wear factor 50 and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible in the first two years while your scars fully mature. If you search the word ‘sunscreen’ in the forum by pressing the blue magnifying glass in the dark grey/brown bar above here, and type the word ‘sunscreen’, a post called ‘best sun screen for burn area’ will come up that you can click into to see what was recommended by other burn survivors.
Regarding a foundation, some burn services offer a consultation on skin camouflage where they can show you how to apply the product so it may be worth asking the burns team for recommendations. DermaColor camouflage are one of the product ranges used for this purpose but I’m not sure if they contain spf. You could also check in Boots – there are a number of brands that offer full coverage with spf 50 so it may be worth testing some of these to see which works best for you.
It’s my understanding that burn scars can take 18-24 months to fully mature and it’s important to keep massaging and moisturising them, and if out in the sun, use sun protection. The burns team where you were treated should be able to give you guidance on all of the questions you have asked and they have years of experience to draw on so as said before, it’s worth getting in touch with them.
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