How to Better Care for a Skin Burn
For a long time hyper-pigmentation has been an issue for me and if you face the same challenge here are some tips from my recent experience with a minor burn on my forearm.
It all started with my trusty toaster. I love it because it is stainless steel and easy to clean. The downside? The frame gets really hot and can burn you. ( I am on the hunt for a new toaster oven.) A skin burn, regardless of the area is not a fun experience.
While the initial discomfort can be frightening take the necessary steps to ensure you heal well from the beginning.
My process for caring for this minor skin burn:
1. First, I used a cool rinse to to stop the burning
2. Then I applied some fresh cut aloe vera to reduce the inflammation. I grow aloe vera but will use triple antibiotic if I sustain a burn and can’t access it right away.
3. I keep the burnt area protected, in this case with a loosely tied gauze or clean fabric.
4. Once the irritation and inflammation subsided I followed up with my Blemish Balm, applying it three times a day. I continued applying the balm through the entire healing process, the scab came off revealing new skin, and that skin eventually hyper-pigmented and has gradually evened out in tone. *Note: I did not pick the scan off, that’s the worse thing you could do.
Here is what my skin looked like throughout the process. The pictures were taken sporadically but still show the change.
Benardett’s experience with a minor skin burn
(day 1-23 shown from left to right)
Key things to remember:
Your skin heals at its own pace. It took approximately 2 1/2 weeks before the top layer of burnt skin began to peel on it’s own. My skin is 99% healed, in my humble opinion, and knowing my skin healing process I know will take another few weeks or months for it to reach 100%.
*Update: The hyperpigmentation is no longer there and is a reminder that with great products and healthy skin care practices can make a huge difference.
Once the new layer of skin emerges it’s important to take very good care for it, the texture is much softer and the skin is more delicate. In some cases you may experience hyperpigmentation. So a moisturizing product like the Blemish Balm can help you keep that skin nourished during the natural repair process.
It is important to note that this is not a third-degree burn nor is this approach a replacement for any medical attention. Depending on the severity of the burn it could lead to greater or ereparable damage to your skin. This is based on the number of of factors including the layers of skin that is damaged in the process as well as any medical conditions that may prevent your body from healing.
Why the Blemish Balm is my go-to product for a min skin burn:
I’ve shared with you how I care for my minor burns. Now, here are my reasons for using the Blemish Balm in that process. The Blemish Balm is uber rich and keeps my skin moisturized so I’m not itching away at the scab. The cocoa butter, vitamin E, and olive oil are all mineral rich and help to ‘feed’ my skin. The jojoba oil matches my skin sebum so it helps to nourish and balance naturally, and the infused calendula and comfrey herbs help to soothe my skin.
The Blemish Balm goes an extremely long way and I’ve barely made a dent in the jar I’ve been using on this burn. Because it is water free and very concentrated you don’t need a lot. You apply the same way you would a lotion and make sure that the product absorbs fully into your skin. The exception may be if the area you’re using it on is very tender. (The Blemish Balm should not be used on open wounds/blisters.)
Learn more about the Blemish Balm here, Blemish Balm 2 oz.
This is my experience caring for a minor skin burn and using the blemish Balm. I hope this helps you care for your next scan mishap. Have you tried the Blemish Balm? I’d love to read your feedback please leave a comment below. Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthier post.
Natural. Beautiful. You.®,
Benardett, Creator of Sénica® Products
I’m thinking about doing a more detailed series that’s all about the skin. This could include basic structure, skin repair broken down (how fibrin, leucocytes, and other biological elements play a role in the process), keloids, hyper-pigmentation, and more. Is this something you would find useful? Please let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me and include any points you would like to see included.
Minor Burns – Aftercare: National Institute of Health, U.S. Library of of Medicine; MedLine Plus