Skincare Tips for Burns
Having a burn can be a traumatic experience. Whether getting one after burning yourself with a hair curler or cooking or even a chemical burn, here are ways to ensure you keep your beauty after a burn incident.
What to do Immediately After a Burn
Immediately rinse exposed skin with cold water. You’ll want to keep it there for at least 10 minutes. If you don’t have access to running water, look for other sources such as a cold compress. If the burn is severe or extensive, this should be done a minimum of twice.
Next, in order to reduce swelling and protect your skin, apply an antibacterial ointment. An alternative would be to use Aloe vera which is known to be an anti-inflammatory and also has antibacterial properties. You should aim to do this 2-3 times per day to keep the burn slightly moist.
Then, you’ll need to cover the burn with a clean bandage. This will prevent any infection and further irritation to your skin. Make sure your bandage is non-stick and completely sterile, the last thing you want is an infection.
If your burn forms a blister, don’t be tempted to pop it, it’s there for a very good reason, to protect your skin, popping the blister leaves the wound prone to infection and may cause scarring.
How Long Does It Take for a Burn to Heal?
Usually, most burns will heal in just a couple of weeks. However severe burns can take considerably longer. If you suffer a bad burn, you should seek medical help from a doctor or specialist.
How to Stop a Burn from Scarring?
The best way to prevent a scar from forming is to make sure you do these three things immediately after the burn:
1. Keep it Clean:
If you have a large burn, you’ll need to clean your skin multiple times a day. You should use mild soaps and sterile wipes. This is especially important if the burn has blisters and scabs.
2. Keep it covered
You should also ensure that the burn is not left uncovered, it’s important to keep it covered and protected for at least 2 weeks. Also, ensure you don’t go out in too much direct sunlight as this could lead to hyperpigmentation or scarring of your skin.
3. Keep the Burn Moist:
Moisturizing your skin with water will prevent your skin from drying out and will help keep you burn clean and free of bacteria infections. Use a simple antibacterial cream to help with this.
When Should You Seek Professional Help
If your burn is very deep, you should never attempt to dress it yourself. Also, if your burn is larger than 3 Inches. Make sure you seek professional help as soon as possible.
If your burn starts to smell or becomes very painful, you should seek medical assistance as this could be a sign of infection.
Another thing to keep in mind, if your burn is severe, you should avoid touching the area at all, only touch it with clean and sterile hands. Continuing to touch the wound could cause infections as well as the risk of necrosis in which dead cells can form and begin to not heal well.