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Soleve 200ml box

About Soleve

The only licensed medicine for mild to moderate sunburn combining ibuprofen and isopropyl myristate. Soleve Sunburn Relief is only available in the UK.

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Where to buy

Only sold in the UK, Soleve Sunburn Relief is currently available from the healthcare aisle in Boots and Sainsbury’s, Tesco Pharmacy and off the shelf in independent pharmacies.

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About Sunburn

What is sunburn?

Lady with sunburnt shoulder

Sunburn is skin redness, swelling and tenderness caused by overexposure of unprotected skin to sunlight. It is caused by excessive UV radiation, and not by the sun’s heat. This means our skin can burn even on breezy or cloudy and cold days, and can also be caused by the use of sunlamps or sunbeds.

Sunburn can range in severity from mild and painless redness of the skin to very painful red skin associated with blistering and swelling. Sunburn has a delayed onset, usually taking approximately 4 hours after overexposure for the first redness to appear, and is likely to worsen during the subsequent 24 to 48-hour period after being first noticed.

Mild to moderate sunburn is characterised by red, warm and tender skin. Soleve has been developed for pain relief of this kind of sunburn. Mild to moderate sunburn usually take 3 to 4 days to get better.

More serious burns result in remarkably painful and swollen skin that blisters. Any other symptoms that may occur at the same time, such as fever, sickness, vomiting, rash, headache, confusion, weakness or even convulsions (fitting) require immediate medical attention. Do not use Soleve in these circumstances because it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. It can take several weeks for severe sunburn to get better.

Longer term consequences of sunburn

Close up of long term skin damage

Although the pain and redness of sunburn will eventually disappear, some permanent skin damage can occur, leading to premature skin ageing (such as wrinkles and age spots) and possibly even skin cancer.

These effects are cumulative, so it is especially important to avoid sunburn in childhood. Skin cancer from sun overexposure is a serious health problem in the UK that can be fatal, it is estimated that there are 100,000 new cases each year (Source: NHS).

It is important to note, however, that responsible, limited exposure to the sun is beneficial. It increases our sense of well being, enables our skin to produce essential vitamin D and provides opportunity for physical activity.

Are you at risk of sunburn?

Blue sky on sunny day

Unfortunately almost everyone has been, or will be, sunburnt at some point in their lifetime. However, certain people are at more risk than others. Fair-skinned individuals have a higher chance of getting sunburn as their skin produces less melanin, sunburn can develop after very short exposure periods (minutes only in strong sunlight). However, darker complexions can also burn under strong sunlight exposure.

How Soleve can help

Are you at risk?

Containing two active ingredients, 1% w/w ibuprofen and 10% w/w isopropyl myristate, Soleve is a new medicine specifically developed to relieve the pain of mild to moderate sunburn.

Ibuprofen is a well-known Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID) - a powerful painkiller which helps reduce inflammation. The lotion delivers therapeutic levels of ibuprofen directly into the sunburned skin. Isopropyl myristate is an emollient which effectively soothes and moisturises by trapping water in the skin.


Soleve Sunburn Relief lotion.
For mild to moderate sunburn in adults and children over 12 years of age.
Always try to avoid sunburn. Soleve is not a sunscreen.
Always read the label.