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Skin peeling in the scalp, cracked in a few places after sun exposure. Using aloe-gel. Cure?

Hello, I have a quick question. I recently went to Easter Island without a hat but used sunscreen as readily as possible during my hikes -- unfortunately I m 100% bald and the damage was quick -- my head peeled 2x and started to peel a 3rd was brittle and cracked in a few places. I started the aloe-gel healing process that I m used to and now that I m back home...small brown spots (like freckles) have appeared in about 20% of the surface area...what are they likely to be and will they fade back to nothing?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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hi..Thanaks for the query.
From what you have described, it looks like a sun burn reaction to the over exposure to sunlight.This can present in the scalp as erythema , scaling and some tenderness as well.You can apply a mild topical steroid on the affected area once-twice per day for about 7 days. I would advise you to also apply a medicated moisturizer on the affected area as well , so that the dryness/ scaling is minimal.Please apply a sunblock positively as a part of your regular routine.
The small brown spots might be freckles/ lentigenes , which have unmasked due to UV exposure.It is difficult to comment on whether they will disappear or not without seeing them.however you can expectvthem to tighten if further UV stimuli is avoided.
Hope this helps..Take care!
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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