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
Wet an area of the washcloth with cool water, and squeeze lightly.
Wipe the burnt area lightly with the washcloth to remove any remaining residue from the cream.
Dry the skin with a dry area of the washcloth.
Rub the area completely with the antibacterial, pain-relieving ointment.
Wrap the burn with sterile gauze.
Continue to monitor the burnt area every five hours to check for discolouration or further discomfort and to change the gauze.
Treating the Burn
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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