How to Cure a Chili Burn

Updated April 17, 2017

Capsaicin is the odourless chemical and active ingredient in many types of peppers -- such as chillies -- that provides its spiciness. Many of us have experienced the redness, stinging and burning sensation that occurs from mishandling chillies that contain capsaicin. Chilli burns can last for hours if untreated which can make it nearly impossible to perform daily duties or even sleep.

Apply ice directly to the affected area. Ice can be used to numb and reduce the pain associated with chilli burn.

Cut a tomato into two halves. Apply one half of the tomato to each affected area. The acid counteracts the alkaline in the capsaicin and relieves the pain associated with chilli burn.

Fill a large bowl with milk. Dip your hands in the milk for 1 to 2 minutes. Milk is a common remedy used to cure chilli burn and bring immediate relief. This relief may be temporary so repeat the steps if necessary.

Wash hands with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is said to provide immediate relief for chilli burn. It is similar to milk in that the relief may only be temporary.

Scrub hands with baking soda and then wash your hands with soap and water. Alternatively, you can combine baking soda and water to create a paste that can be applied directly to the affected area.

Fill a large bowl with fresh orange juice, lemon juice or lime juice. Dip your hands in the juice for 30 seconds. The citric acid brings the capsaicin oil directly to the surface of the hands. Wash the hands thoroughly with soap and water. Repeat these steps if necessary. It may take four or five attempts to completely remove the capsaicin oil from the hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Tomato
  • Milk
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Orange, lemon or lime juice
  • Soap
  • Water
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Drew Woods is a native of Milwaukee, Wis. who has written articles for the international basketball website USbasket. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bethel University and has been writing professionally for various websites since 2009.