Curing Cosmetic Burns
With the advancement of technology, came the introduction of various creams, lotions, procedures and surgical treatments to treat the skin, because of the belief that to be truly beautiful, one needs to have smooth, fair skin.
So, even though we may be in a very progressive age, our notions of beauty are quite outdated. It’s fortunate then, for those who can benefit from these innovations, because most of these can actually make changes to one’s complexion and skin tone!
However, one needs to pay attention and take care because some cosmetic procedures available in salons make use of very strong chemicals and many of these chemicals might not suit every skin type.
Chemical peels and chemicals such as salicylic acid used in various cosmetic procedures can cause a lot of irritation and damage to the skin. Also, many of the bleaches used to whiten the skin and some facials too can also cause the skin to burn. Hot wax applied on the skin, can cause severe burns as well.
Cosmetic burns are characterized by redness, swelling, scars, blisters, charred skin and scalds. Facial burns can cause respiratory complications in a person and burns on the eyelids can be extremely painful, since this part of our body has the thinnest layer of skin.
A person who has suffered from cosmetic burns might also experience mental and emotional trauma, depending upon the severity and extent of the burns.
Treatment At Home
Treating burns on the face and neck is slightly tough as the skin on these areas is very delicate and needs to be handled with utmost care. Although it might take time to heal a person emotionally, it is possible to cure cosmetic burns through a variety of procedures mentioned here:
When you feel the slightest burning sensation or see any redness/swelling on the skin, clean your skin and splash cold water on it.
- Rubbing an ice cube will also help to provide some relief from the burning sensation.
- It also helps to soothe the skin and prevents blisters from forming.
- You can massage your skin with an ice cube till the irritation subsides.
- Also, refrain from using any soap on the face since it can trigger the burning sensation.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is known for its healing and moisturizing properties. This thick viscous gel is a natural antibiotic and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
- It helps to heal the skin and increases the blood circulation in the body.
- It helps to fight infections and treat cosmetic burns effectively too.
- When you suffer cosmetic burns, wash the wound and apply some fresh aloe vera gel on the burn thrice every day.
- If you don’t have an aloe vera plant at home, you can purchase aloe vera gel from the market.
Coconut milk contains antiviral and anti-bacterial properties and it is also a natural antiseptic.
- It hydrates the skin and keeps it nourished for a long time.
- The healing properties of coconut milk not only help to cure the burns but coconut milk also makes the skin glow.
- Just extract some coconut milk from a coconut and mix it with two teaspoons of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mask on the affected area.
- It will help to moisturize and soothe the skin.
Don’t throw out those potato peels in a hurry if you’ve recently suffered from some cosmetic burns.
- Potato peels contain anti-inflammatory properties and thus have strong healing powers.
- They have high moisture content and also contain antibacterial properties.
- Thus, they help to provide relief from burns.
- Peel a potato and use the peels to cover the affected area.
- Allow the peel to rest on the skin for some time and then discard.
If you have suffered third degree burns, you might require surgical treatment to heal the skin. The surgery conducted to improve the cosmetic appearance of burns is known as reconstructive surgery as the scar tissue is treated with altercation and modification.
The plastic surgeon performs a variety of operations including skin grafting and skin rearrangement. Mostly, it takes several months to heal in such cases.
Cosmetic burns can also be cured using fractional laser resurfacing. This laser treatment is highly effective and helps to replace the old damaged skin with new skin. It also helps to facilitate the production of collagen in the body and makes the skin elastic. Depending upon the severity of the burns, it can take anywhere between a week to six months to heal the wound. However, the patient can notice visible results after the first laser treatment.
As a way of precaution, the next time you plan to get a cosmetic procedure done, make it a point to test it on a small patch of your skin. This test helps to ensure that you’re not allergic to the chemicals being used. Also, taking care of your skin is the duty of the salon/clinic where you’re getting a cosmetic treatment done.