Sunburn is hot and sore skin caused by too much sun. It may flake and peel after a few days. You can treat it yourself. It usually gets better within 7 days.

Check if you have sunburn. If you have sunburn, your skin may:

Your skin may also blister if your sunburn is severe.

If you have white skin, your skin will usually be red or pink. If you have black or brown skin, you may not notice a change in the colour of your skin.

You might need to have a doctor's appointment if you've been out in the sun and:

How to ease sunburn yourself



⚠️ Important: Skin cancer risk

Getting sunburnt can increase your risk of skin cancer.

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