Hair removal cream is unique in that it works differently from waxing or sugaring (at least, to begin with).
It dissolves the hair instead of removing it from the root, leaving you with a smooth finish and an easy clean-up that simply wipes away.
Rather than being absorbed into the root and colonizing it, the chemicals leave the shaft at its base. They may also burn your skin (Yes, a genuine BURN, Shocking I know).
So, how do we treat a chemical burn from hair removal cream?
When this happens, what do you do? Will it cause permanent damage?
The most essential thing to remember is that MINOR INJURIES ARE HARMFUL. While they may feel terrible, it’s considered a minor injury.
Unless you’re like me, a hypochondriac. Is it, then, a serious injury? For the most part, these burns may be treated at home with our step-by-step guide for assistance.
How To Treat Hair Removal Cream Burns Step By Step Guide (Nair)
You should take care of any burns as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection and, if required, to aid prevent the burn from blistering severely. You may require the following:
- Pain relief
- Alkaline Cleanser
- Antibiotic ointment
- Cream or lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
Step One: Flush the Chemicals
Before you start anything, make sure to flush the chemicals off your skin as quickly as possible. Allow the burn to cool under running water for at least 10 minutes to reduce the burning.
If you’re dealing with a big section of burned flesh, you can soak the area in a tepid bath. Remember to add a cup of baking soda per gallon to help neutralize the chemicals and ease the pain.
Step Two: Clean the Area
After you’ve flushed or soaked the area, it’s time to cleanse it with an alkaline cleanser. This helps to break down the oils in the hair removal cream, which will make it easier to remove any residue.
Step Three: Apply a Cool compress
To help soothe the pain and burning sensation, apply a cool compress to the area for 10-15 minutes at a time. This can be a clean cloth soaked in cool water or filled with ice cubes (wrapped in a towel).
Step Four: Apply an antibiotic ointment or cream
If you have any on hand, apply an antibiotic ointment or cream to the area to help prevent infection. This is particularly important if the area is blistered or open.
Chemical burns cause inflammation, and to reduce it, you can apply a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone cream (depilatory creams).
This has a cooling effect on the region and aids in the reduction of edema and inflammation. (trust me, you’ll want to keep the depilatory lotions coming)
Step Five: Neosporin and Bandages
If the burn is large or on a sensitive area, you may want to cover it with a sterile gauze pad or wrap. This will help protect the area from further irritation and prevent infection.
Spray the burn with Neosporin and wrap it in a bandage after it has been cleaned and cared for.
You can also use gauze to make your injury more breathable. Make sure your bandage is tight but not too tight or loose, giving it room to heal as well as protect from germs.
This burns first-aid will help to Immediately treat all types of burns – from sunburn, scalding, chemical, electrical, friction and radiation burns.
Step Six: Pain Relief and Moisture
To help keep the area moist and aid in healing, apply a light layer of petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel, or lotion to the area.
You may use over-the-counter pain medication to make things easier and reduce the discomfort caused by the burn.
It would also be beneficial if you applied vaseline or petroleum jelly to the burn on a regular basis to keep it moist so that it does not dry up and flake. You may even apply this burn gel dressing. (These are available at most pharmacies)
Step Seven: Monitor the Area
If you feel any discomfort, apply the cream directly to the affected area. Keep an eye on the location for any symptoms of infection, such as increased pain, redness, bulging lymph nodes, or pus.
You should also see a doctor if the burn is larger than 3 inches or if it’s on your face, hands, feet, genitals, or joints.
Step Eight: Repeat
Repeat steps 3-7 as necessary until the pain and burning sensation have subsided.
When to See a Doctor
In most cases, hair removal cream burns can be treated at home with over-the-counter products. However, there are a few instances where you should see a doctor:
- If the burn is larger than 3 inches in diameter
- If the pain is severe or does not lessen after home treatment
- If you develop a fever or the area becomes infected
- If the burn blisters and/or weeps pus
- If you have diabetes or poor circulation
Read here: Pros and Cons of Using Hair Removal Creams
Home Remedies to Treat Hair Removal Cream Burns
There are a number of fast and simple home treatments for treating hair removal cream-induced chemical burns.
Cool Water and Cold Compress.
Under warm water (do not apply directly), run the burn for 10-20 minutes, then apply a chilly compress to help remove remaining poisons and reduce blistering and inflammation.
Because of its name, the burn plant is well-known for a reason. Apply aloe vera (from leaf or bottle) to the afflicted region and gently massage it in.
Aloe vera reduces the risk of infection, inflammation, and wound healing.
This can be used topically and has been found to help reduce irritation as well as speed up the healing process due to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Stay away from:
- Egg whites
The use of products such as toothpaste to treat chemical burns is frequently suggested, yet they have no effect.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is hair removal cream suitable for the face and groin?
No. Depilatory creams are not formulated for use on the face or groin due to the higher concentration of chemicals needed to break down hair in these areas. Using depilatory cream on these sensitive areas can result in chemical burns.
Is it okay to shave over a chemical burn?
No, it is not advisable to shave over a chemical burn. This can further irritate the skin and delay healing.
Can you put ice on a chemical burn?
Yes, you can put ice on a chemical burn to help reduce pain and swelling. Do not apply ice directly to the skin, however. Wrap the ice in a towel or cloth before applying it to the affected area.
How long does a chemical burn last? (will it last overnight?)
A chemical burn will usually last for a few days. Blistering and crusting may occur and can last up to two weeks. It is important to keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection.
What should I do if my chemical burn gets infected?
If you notice any signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or pus, see a doctor immediately. Infected chemical burns can be very serious and may require antibiotics.
The same can be said for the majority of people who have ever used a chemical hair remover.
They experience everything from minor irritation to permanent damage in some cases, and these chemicals are certainly not without risks.
However, as with using razors, it’s one of the hazards we take for silky smooth skin, and burns are easy enough to avoid if you take the necessary precautions.