Sun, sweat and skin – a lethal combination

So here’s what happens when you go to a hot country, get badly sunburnt and then go for a run a few days later…

Looks like blisters - but they ain't. Its sweat trapped under peeling skin!

I got badly burnt after having spent too long under the midday African sun over New Year’s. A few days later, the sunburn pain had subsided. The skin was just about to peel off. I decided to go for a jog along the banks of Lake Victoria. When I came back from my warm, sunny run, I noticed that sweat had got stuck under the skin.

Looks gross, but didn’t hurt a bit. And it was truly excellent fun popping all the bubbles!

3 thoughts on “Sun, sweat and skin – a lethal combination

  1. I’ve never burned before in my entire life, but last week I drove from New York to Arizona over the span of about 5 1/2 days, in the sun. My left shoulder (driver’s side arm), was super dark, a little red, and it tingled but it didn’t actually hurt, so I wasn’t sure at the time if it was a sunburn.

    So the day before, I went swimming for about half an hour, and went back to my apartment to discover these painless blisters (which I popped all of, and ended up with a TON of peeling skin). And it happened again today, after driving for about 20 minutes (which I popped, and found myself with peeling skin once again). Are these just going to keep coming up or will they go away after my skin finishes peeling?

  2. Hey, I got these all over my back, shoulders, and chest after an intense jog.. I showered immediately after and half of them went away.. One year later I still have them badly on my shoulders. How can I get rid of these? I never go out in sleeveless shirts/dresses anymore; it’s horrible. How did you get rid of them? Should I try a chemical peel? Please help 😦 my shoulders look a lot like your picture.

    1. Oh you poor thing – that sounds terrible, I’m so sorry to hear about that. My blisters went away after a few days and never came back again. It taught me though never to go in the midday sun in a sleeveless top without some sunscreen or a shawl.

      Probably best to go see a doctor about it. I’m sure they’ll have a solution for you.

      Best of luck, Moire

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