Save my sunburn!
If the bumps on your sunburn are blisters, you may have second-degree sunburn, which is deeper than regular, first-degree sunburns and can take longer to heal. The blisters may be painful, but they should heal along with the rest of your skin. Though it may be tempting, don’t pop them—it can lead to infection. Using an aloe gel and taking ibuprofen will reduce your skin’s swelling and pain.
Scaly patches of sunburn, though, could be early signs of various forms of skin cancer. If the bumps on your skin are on your face, neck or hands or if any of the bumps are flaky, you should see a doctor right away. A doctor will be able to treat your skin before the condition worsens. Small, red bumps may also be a sign of rosacea, a less-serious, redness-inducing skin disorder (also treatable by your doc).