Burns from depilatory cream
For many people, using a depilatory cream is the easiest way to remove hair. But sometimes this method presents unpleasant surprises. Our topic today is cream depilation burns.
Removing body hair with depilatory cream is really a very easy process. You apply the product, wait a few minutes, and then simply “wash off” the hair, leaving the surface of the skin smooth and soft. But even with all the benefits, it's worth knowing how a depilatory cream actually works.
All depilatory creams contain chemicals that destroy hair just below the skin surface. Strong chemicals in depilatory creams may not be suitable for removing hair in more sensitive areas, such as the skin around the eyebrows or in the bikini area. Therefore, it is quite predictable that it can irritate the skin, and provoke certain side effects.
That is, manufacturers do not recommend applying leg depilation cream to the bikini area, for example. Instead, opt for a cream specially formulated for more sensitive areas. Read the instructions carefully and make sure you are applying the correct depilatory product. If you have overly sensitive skin, then most likely you cannot avoid allergic reactions. Therefore, on the packaging of depilatory cream it is always written in black and white about the need for a preliminary test on a small area of skin.
But, most often, people neglect these precautions and rely on chance. :) Therefore, if you have become one of those "lucky ones" and injured your skin, you should be armed with methods for treating burns after cream depilation. Waxing burns can range from minor to very severe.
More severe burns certainly require a doctor's attention, while minor skin lesions can be treated at home.
How to treat burns after depilation cream
- First, you need to get rid of any item of clothing in the affected area.
- Hold the affected area under cold running water for a long time, at least 10 minutes, this will reduce pain and slightly relieve irritation. Keep repeating this procedure from time to time.
- Using aloe vera is another effective way to treat depilatory cream burns. Aloe vera is not an unremarkable plant that adorned your grandmother's windowsill for many years, but a real universal healer! And in the case of burns from depilation, it will also come in handy. Apply aloe vera to the affected area. This will help the burn heal faster.
- If you don’t have living aloe vera at home, you can always use ready-made gels based on this plant. You can buy aloe vera gel at any pharmacy. I suggest keeping this remedy in the frige for a while and then applying the cold gel to the burns.
- Using ointments designed specifically for skin burns or antiseptic creams is also a great way to reduce the intensity of irritation. The well-known panthenol can be safely used by all of us. :)
- Make sure you drink plenty of water during the healing process, as this helps hydrate the wound from the inside and ensures a quick recovery.
- From folk remedies, a mixture of cold milk with turmeric is effective. Mix these products to the consistency of a thick paste and apply to the wound. Turmeric is considered an excellent antiseptic, while milk moisturizes and prevents the wound from drying out.
Just do not forget that turmeric has a strong coloring effect, so it’s better to apply the product on the burn with gloves, otherwise you also risk “correcting” the manicure. :)
- Also, after the burn has already begun to heal, doctors advise applying oil with vitamin E to the affected area. This will help the skin recover faster.
Tips for skin care after a burn from cream depilation
- Never scrub or rub the affected area with a washcloth, this can only worsen the condition of the affected skin area and aggravate the pain.
- Do not wear tight clothing or underwear if it comes into contact with the affected area. If possible, keep the wound open to air.
- Stay out of the sun! The burn you suffered will only get worse if you expose the area to direct sunlight. If for some reason you cannot avoid sun exposure, then wear light cotton clothing or apply sunscreen around the burn but not on it.
Of course, no one is immune from the appearance of allergic reactions. But if your skin is overly sensitive, you may want to consider other methods of hair removal, since depilatory creams often contain strong chemicals that help remove unwanted hair. Be healthy and beautiful! :)