Facial burns can cause victims both physical and emotional pain and suffering. Anyone who suffers a facial burn should get professional medical treatment immediately. The doctor may recommend medical treatment to help the burn heal and to treat any scarring present after it heals.
Certain home remedies for burns on the face may also help, though you should consult your doctor first. Here’s a little more about home remedies that may – and may not – be effective.
Home Remedies for Treating Facial Burns
First, we should go over home remedies that can make your facial burn worse, instead of better. DO NOT apply any of these to facial burns:
- Ice water (placing a burn in cold water can cause the person to go into shock)
- Raw or frozen meat
Do not attempt to cool down the burn by blowing on it.
The first thing you should do to treat your burn is to run it under cool water for 15 to 20 minutes.
After you or your doctor has cleaned and treated your burn, you should wait a day or two before applying any home remedies to the injury, unless medical personnel recommend otherwise. Applying home remedies too soon can hold in the heat, which can worsen the burn.
Some doctors may advise you to use the following home remedies while others may warn against them. Discuss the advantages of using these home remedies for your minor facial burn with your doctor:
- Aloe vera gel: Either from a fresh plant, or a purchased organic preparation without additives. Aloe can relieve pain and help burns heal faster.
- Tincture of calendula: Calendula can help protect cells from free radicals and help wounds heal faster.
- Medicinal-grade honey: Look for raw or Manuka honey. According to a 2014 study in the Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters, honey has antibacterial properties and can help soothe burns.
Remember, do not use any of these home remedies before speaking with your doctor.
Disguising Facial Burns or Scars
Cosmetics and Beauty Products
Fortunately, there are quite a few products on the market you can try. Be aware that your skin will be sensitive after a burn, so ordinary cosmetics purchased at the drugstore might irritate your skin.
There are now excellent cosmetics designed for people wanting to cover up burns, scars, pigment variations, and tattoos. You can likely find lightweight, natural-looking cosmetic products that provide good coverage of your burn scars at your local drug store. Some people recommend using mineral-based cosmetics to cover up burn scars.
Make sure the products you try do not contain any ingredients to which you have an allergy or sensitivity. Try the product on your skin, in a location away from the burn, before using it on your burned skin. If, after 24 hours, you do not have an adverse reaction to the product, carefully try a small amount to conceal your burn or burn scars.
CAUTION: Never apply makeup directly onto a healing burn. Ask your doctor about the correct way to apply any makeup on or around the area.
Clothing and Hairstyles
Depending on the location of your facial burn scars, you may be able to cleverly cover your burn scars with clothing. A strategically-placed hat, cap, beret, scarf or headband can cover some burn scars.
Certain hairstyles can also be effective in covering facial burn scars. Men can choose to grow facial hair to cover burn scars, if the skin can still grow hair. Women can cut their hair in a certain way or wear a wig.
If your facial burns resulted from another party’s negligent actions, you may have a valid injury claim. Contact our lawyer referral specialists for assistance in locating a lawyer who can help you navigate the personal injury claims process: 844-549-8774.