How to treat burns from cream hair removers

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Many people use hair removal creams, also known as depilatory creams, to show off their lovely skin and maintain a neat appearance. These ointments contain caustic chemicals that literally dissolve hair at the root and separate it from the skin. Occasionally, a person using these creams may experience a rash or chemical burn on the area of application. Usually, these burns are not serious, but you should attend to them immediately by following certain steps.

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Things you need

  • Clean washcloth
  • Antibacterial, pain- or itch-relieving ointment
  • Sterile gauze

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    Treating the Burn

  1. 1

    Wet an area of the washcloth with cool water, and squeeze lightly.

  2. 2

    Wipe the burnt area lightly with the washcloth to remove any remaining residue from the cream.

  3. 3

    Dry the skin with a dry area of the washcloth.

  4. 4

    Rub the area completely with the antibacterial, pain-relieving ointment.

  5. 5

    Wrap the burn with sterile gauze.

  6. 6

    Continue to monitor the burnt area every five hours to check for discolouration or further discomfort and to change the gauze.

Tips and warnings

  • If the pain worsens or the area becomes swollen or discoloured, see a doctor.
  • If the pain from the burn is more severe, you may want to run cool (not cold) water over the area for a few seconds before proceeding with the steps.
  • Always test a depilatory cream
  • Never leave depilatory creams on your skin for longer than the length of time indicated in the manufacturer's directions.

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