How To Treat A Chemical Burn From Hair Removal Cream (Inc Nair)

Looking for smooth skin without the pain of waxing or sugaring? Let’s talk about hair removal creams, those wonder products that promise a fuzz-free experience without the tears. The magic of these creams lies in their ability to dissolve hair just above the skin.

This leaves you with a smooth finish and a cleanup so easy, you’ll be amazed – just wipe away and you’re all set! But, it’s not always perfect. Sometimes, these creams can be a bit overenthusiastic, leading to more than just smooth skin – yes, we’re talking about chemical burns.

They can be as unpleasant as they sound, but usually, it’s nothing too serious (unless you’re like me, a hypochondriac, then every little sting feels like a major problem).

No need to panic, though! Most of these incidents are minor and can be easily treated at home. Just remember this vital tip: always, and I mean always, perform a patch test before using these creams all over. Your skin will be thankful for this extra precaution.

Ended up with a burn? Don’t worry! Our straightforward guide will help you soothe your skin back to its happy, burn-free state.

Understanding Chemical Burns: How Hair Removal Creams Affect Your Skin

Now, let’s dive a bit deeper into the nitty-gritty – ever wonder why these handy dandy creams can sometimes leave us with a bit more ‘ouch’ than ‘wow’?

At the heart of these wonder products are some pretty strong chemicals, like calcium thioglycolate or potassium thioglycolate, which work their magic by breaking down the hair so it just dissolves away.

Super cool, right? But here’s the catch: while they’re busy zapping your hair, they might also get a tad too cozy with your skin.

Why does this happen, you ask? Well, in their zeal to banish hair, these creams can sometimes affect the skin’s protective layer, especially if they’re left on a bit too long or if your skin is more on the sensitive side.

This is why slathering on hair removal cream and hoping for the best isn’t the way to go. It’s all about using them wisely – and yes, that means not skipping the patch test! It’s a simple step that’s all about making sure your skin and the cream are going to get along just fine.

Understanding this can save you from a lot of ‘oops’ moments and keep your skin singing happy tunes instead of blues. So, before you go from hairy to smooth, a little prep can make sure your skin stays in the ‘happy’ zone.

A Step by Step Guide to Treating Hair Removal Cream Burns (Nair)

As soon as you have suffered a burn, you must treat it immediately to reduce the risk of infection and also to help prevent the burn from blistering too severely. You may need the following:

Step 1: Immediate Actions – Flush the Chemicals

The first and most crucial step when you notice a burn from hair removal cream is to quickly rinse off the chemicals. However, while your instinct might be to reach for cool water, lukewarm water is actually your best friend here.

Start by gently placing the affected area under lukewarm running water. This temperature helps soothe the burn without causing the additional shock or irritation that very cold water might induce.

Let the water run over the burn for at least 10 minutes. This immediate action helps cool down the burn, significantly reducing its severity. If you’ve got a larger area affected, don’t hesitate to keep it under water a bit longer.

The goal is to remove the chemical agent as swiftly as possible, minimizing its impact and helping your skin start the healing process right away. Remember, the quicker you act, the better your chances of mitigating the burn’s effects and protecting your skin.

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Step 2: Neutralize the Burn – Using an Alkaline Cleanser

After rinsing with lukewarm water, neutralize chemical residue with an alkaline cleanser to balance skin pH and mitigate the cream’s acidic effects. If you don’t have an alkaline cleanser, a baking soda and water mixture (1 tablespoon in a cup of water) works well.

Apply it gently with a cloth; baking soda neutralizes acidity effectively. Mild soap is another alternative; though less potent, it can still cleanse without disrupting skin pH too much.

It’s crucial to be gentle during application to avoid aggravating the burn. Finish by rinsing the area with lukewarm water to remove any cleanser or homemade solution, ensuring the skin is clean and on the path to recovery.

Step 3: Reduce Inflammation – Topical Creams and Their Benefits

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Many chemical burns cause inflammation, and to reduce this, you can apply a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone cream.

Now, before you go reaching for the nearest tube, let me share a little snippet from my life. I once used hydrocortisone cream not for a hair removal mishap but for a burn from a rogue Subway coffee (yep, a story for another time). It was a game-changer in soothing and healing my arm.

Hydrocortisone cream can have a cooling effect, swiftly reducing swelling and inflammation. But, and it’s a big, but not all skins are made the same. It’s crucial to patch test or check for any allergies to hydrocortisone before going all in.

If you find out you’re not on team hydrocortisone, don’t fret. Alternatives like aloe vera gel or an over-the-counter antihistamine cream can also calm the burn without the steroid component. They’re gentle, effective, and might just be your skin’s new best friend.

Remember, the goal here is comfort and healing, so finding what works best for your skin is key.

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Step 4: Protect and Heal – Applying Neosporin and Bandaging

Once it has been cleaned and cared for, spray the burn with Neosporin and bandage it.

You can also wrap it in gauze for a more breathable dressing. 

Ensure your bandage job is snug but not too tight or too loose so that it has room to heal as well as protect it from bacteria. There is nothing worst than a burn getting infected, TRUST ME. 

You would find it useful to purchase this burns first aid kit, it will have enough to keep you going until your burn has healed. 

burns first aid kit

Step 5: Soothe and Cool – The Role of Cold Compresses

If you find that the burn is still stinging after treatment, you can apply a cold compress to the area.

This should relieve the pain and can also help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Watch the useful video below to help you learn how to dress your burn with the gel pads we recommend below.

Step 6: Managing Pain and Promoting Healing – Pain Relief and Moisture

You can use over-the-counter pain relief to help make things easier and reduce the pain caused by the burn. 

Additionally, it would help if you used vaseline or petroleum jelly on the burn regularly to keep it moist so that it doesn’t dry up and flake. 

You can even use this burn gel dressing. (These are amazing for burns, I swear by them) 

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Read Here: How to remove hair wax from clothes 

Natural Relief: Home Remedies for Hair Removal Cream Burns

There are several quick and easy home remedies for how to treat a chemical burn from hair removal cream.

These are great options if you are unable to get any medical supplies and are often just as effective with regards to healing and reducing any inflammation. 

Cool Water and Cold Compress. Running the burn under cool water for 10-20 minutes and then applying a cool compress will remove residual chemicals as well as help prevent blistering and reduce any inflammation. 

Aloe Vera. It’s known as the burn plant for a reason, and having this at home can be a real help.

Apply the aloe vera (from leaf or bottle) onto the affected area and gently spread it.

Aloe helps to reduce the risk of infection, prevent inflammation, and boost the healing process. 

 Lagunamoon Aloe Vera Gel

Honey. You can apply this topically, and it has been known to reduce inflammation as well as help increase healing due to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. 

Stay away from:

  • Butter
  • Egg whites 
  • Oil 
  • Toothpaste

These are commonly suggested as treatments for chemical burns, but the reality is that they don’t help in any way.

Products such as toothpaste can end up making the burn worse and causing the area to become inflamed and irritated. 

Seeking Professional Help: When to See a Doctor

In some cases, burns become severe enough for you to need medical attention. If the burn persists and begins to ooze, swell, or feel progressively worse, it’s time to see a doctor. 

This is because it could be a sign of more severe infection as a result of the burn. 

Some medical treatments for chemical burns from hair removal creams are as follows:

  • Antibiotics for the infection 
  • Cleaning and removing dead tissue 
  • IV fluids to boost healing 

Your Questions Answered: FAQs on Hair Removal Cream Burns

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What if the moisturiser cream makes it burn? 

If the moisturising cream you use on the burn makes it feel as though it is burning, you likely have an ALLERGY to the cream in question.

Rinse it off immediately and apply a different cream or find an alternative soothing method.

Is hair removal cream suitable for the face and groin? 

Yes, hair removal cream is suitable for use on the face and groin.

It would help if you always read the label first, but most creams can be used on the lower half of the face as well as the bikini line. 

They should NEVER be used directly on the genitals, however.

Similarly, if you have sensitive skin, it is recommended that you keep the cream away from your face entirely. You should also ensure it is not used near your eyes.

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Can baking soda be used on a skin rash?

Yes, baking soda can be used on a skin rash. It actually has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it excellent for alleviating the itch and burn of rashes.

You will find that many of the over-the-counter creams available use it as an active ingredient. 

How long does a chemical burn last? (will it last overnight?)

A chemical burn can last anywhere from a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months.

It all depends on the SEVERITY of the burn and how well it is looked after once it happens.

Regular care and treatment will usually see it clear up much faster. 

Final Thoughts

You’ll often find warnings on the labels for hair removal cream, and even if you use them correctly, you run the risk of burns.

However, just like using razors, it’s one of the risks we take for silky smooth skin, and the burns are easy enough to treat should they occur. 

Did you find our guide on how to treat a chemical burn from hair removal cream useful? I hope so.


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