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Reducing Scarring From Hot Iron Burns

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There’s no new news in saying that burns are one of the associated dangers when using hair styling hot tools. “Yeah, yeah, that won’t happen to me,” says just about every girl until, they too, burn themselves. So, you’re here, reading this right now, because texting while straightening wasn’t the brightest idea you’ve ever had. Or, it could be that you overestimated the amount of time that you had to curl your hair, wound up rushing, and ultimately burnt yourself before heading out the door. However it happened, the point is it happens to everyone at one point or another.

One thing that can be said – with the utmost certainty – about hair styling iron burns is that they tend to be more painful, noticeable, and outright annoying than the more common burns (such as hot water burns on your hands). The most obvious reason for this is because the common places for one to burn themselves with a hair tool are the areas of the body that have some of the most sensitive skin: face, neck, ears, decollete, and chest. Not only is this skin extra sensitive, thus extra painful, but it just so happens that these are the areas of the body that we as humans tend to be more aware and conscious about; let’s be honest, no one want to walk around with a burn – let alone an everlasting scar – on an area of our body that other people see every day.

Step One: Chill Out
It’s natural to freak out about a burn – but doing so isn’t the most productive use of your time post burn. Within moments of the incident you should do your best to pull yourself together, and head to the kitchen. If you have an ice pack, that perfect, use it! If you don’t have an ice pack on hand, or you simply can’t find it, don’t stress, just grab some frozen veggies. In the case that running to the kitchen isn’t optimal, you can always splash the affected area with cold tap water. Regardless of the method that suits your situation, the goal remains the same: to cool down the burned area, the faster the skin is cooled down, the less damage done.

Step Two: Maintain Moisture
Once the temperature of the burn has subsided, you’ll want to either cover it with a medical dressing or let it be for a bit (oxygen is one of the best things for damaged skin). When you notice that the burn has started to blister you’ll want to promote healthy healing by applying a mild emollient. If you don’t have any such thing on hand, stick with the most basic lotion or cream you can find.

Step Three: Don’t Rush the Healing Process
In other words, hands off! When a burn – or another open lesion – begins to scab, you might have all kinds of angst and want to pick it. Resist temptation, as it will only make a scar worse! Think of the scab as the armor protecting the skin while the burn heals. If this armor is removed, it simply won’t heal properly.

Please keep in mind that a burn, depending on how severe, can cause some serious skin damage. If you’re worried about the severity of a burn, please consult a physician. With that said, the above advice is intended as a suggestion of the steps to take post-burn, in order to reduce scarring. The contents of this article have not been ratified by a licensed medical professional. 


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