Being bald is great. Life becomes much more low-maintenance, you stand out in a crowd more than you ever did before, and you become a part of the bald community! However, one thing we can all agree on is that a sunburn on your scalp is really shitty. We’ve all had a day where we forgot to put sunblock on and our heads got fried. This results in the most obvious sunburn possible and eventually leads to peeling which looks even worse. Your scalp is one of the worst places to get sunburned because that part of your body isn’t supposed to get sun in the first place and if it happens a lot, it can lead to severe skin damage.
We know that your scalp is going to burn every now and then and that’s okay, but it’s important to know how to treat it. In this post, we will run through some of the most common symptoms of a burned scalp and how to treat it.
Sunburns are ultimately the result of your skin’s being bombarded by UV rays. These harmful rays are invisible to us but are carried by natural sunlight. Melanin, our body’s natural defense against UV radiation, is often in too short supply – especially for lighter skinned people – to ensure your skin is totally safe from damage. When your skin endures too much of this light, its very DNA breaks down. A sunburn is your body’s way of eliminating this damaged DNA and repairing your sun-damaged skin.
I understand the symptoms of a sunburn are pretty well known, but they are still important to note. I can think of a handful of times where my scalp was sunburned and I didn’t know till I started to peel. Some symptoms to look for are redness, itchiness, pain or stinging, and a higher level of warmth.
How to Treat the Burn
Treating your sunburn is going to make a difference in your pain and skin damage levels. The first thing to do after your scalp is burned is to keep the area moist and cool. You can do this by taking frequent cold showers and baths which will help reduce the pain. Next, you should apply a moisturizer or Aloe Vera to the burned area which will help the skin heal. Drinking water is also a vital part of the sunburn treatment. The Academic Academy of Dermatology notes that “A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.” Finally, one of the easiest ways to protect your head post sunburn is to wear a hat. This will fully prevent you from burning further and will reduce skin damage.
When It’s Serious
Having a couple of infrequent sunburns isn’t too bad, but we highly recommend you see a dermatologist once or twice a year for check-ups. Since your head is exposed to the sun so much, you may not realize how much damage has occurred to your skin cells. One way dermatologists and doctors help with sunburns is through LED light treatment. They not only help your sunburn but can also help with other skin cells that have been damaged.
There you have it! Sunburns are never a good thing, especially when they’re on the scalp. That’s why we felt obligated, as bald brothers and sisters, to bring up the symptoms and treatments of a sunburn and what to do when things are really bad. Also, if you want to know which hats will look best to cover up your dome, go check out our Best Hats That Go With A Bald Head.