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

Hair removal cream works differently from waxing or sugaring (well it’s less painful to start with).

Instead of removing the hair from the root, it dissolves it – leaving you with a smooth finish and an easy clean-up that simple wipes away. 

The chemicals leave the root, removing the shaft, but unfortunately, they can also burn your skin (Yes a real BURN, shocking I know).

So, how do we treat a chemical burn from hair removal cream?

When this happens, what do you do? Will it cause permanent damage?

The important thing is to STAY CALM because while they hurt like heck, it’s considered a minor injury.

Unless you’re like me, a hypochondriac. Then it’s a major injury, right?. 

For the majority of cases, these burns can be treated at home with a little help from our step by step guide. 

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 One: Flush the Chemicals

Before you do anything, you first need to flush the chemicals off your skin, QUICK.

Put the burn under cool water and allow it to run for at least 10 minutes to cool the burn.

You may want to leave it there for longer if it is a large area that has been burnt.

run your burn under water

Step Two: Cleanser

When you have rinsed the burn, you might want to apply an alkaline cleanser to the affected area. 

This is because the hair removal creams tend to be acidic, and an alkaline cleanser is a perfect way to neutralise the effects of the burn. 

Step Three: Topical Creams

acriflex burns cream

Many chemical burns cause inflammation, and to reduce this; you can apply a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone cream (depilatory creams)

To save you searching for the best hydrocortisone cream, this is what I used for my burn, although it wasn’t from hair removal cream, it still helped soothe and heal the burn on my arm. 

This has a cooling effect on the area and will help to bring down swelling and inflammation reasonably quickly. (trust me your want to keep the depilatory creams topped up)

gentle rub burns cream on your burn

Step Four: Neosporin and Bandages 

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. 

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

burns first aid kit

Step Five: Cold Compress

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. 

Step Six: 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) 

releive burn gel sterile dressing

Read Here: How to remove hair wax from clothes 

Home Remedies to Treat 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. 

When to See a Doctor

There are cases where 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 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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?

If you benefit from our methods or have tips of your own you’d like to add, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below. 


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