When you think of the risks associated with hair removal, chemical burns aren’t usually top of mind. It’s understandably not a pleasant experience, but fortunately, it is also quite uncommon. Nair does have the potential to cause chemical burns if used incorrectly. This post will teach you how to treat a chemical burn from Nair and what to look out for if you suspect that your skin has been damaged from using this product. If you use the wrong technique when applying hair removal cream like Nair, you could end up with a nasty chemical burn. Read on to learn more.
How To Treat A Nair Chemical Burn?
What You’ll Need
A washcloth – For cleaning off the nair in the wound.
Calamine lotion – To reduce itching and promote healing.
Cornstarch – To stop the stinging and burning sensation.
Hydrocortisone cream – To reduce the redness and heal any damage the nair may have done.
A gauze pad – To apply any of the above solutions.
An aloe vera plant – To reduce inflammation.
Nair – For when you want short hair or smooth legs.
An anti-burn ointment – To soothe the burn and promote healing in the affected area.
An anti-inflammatory medication – To reduce swelling and redness.
Step 1: Rinse
The first thing you want to do when you notice a burn is rinsed the affected area with water. You want to make sure you rinse the chemical off your skin as soon as possible to prevent it from being absorbed into the skin. Once it’s in the skin, it can cause more harm than good.
You can use a saline solution or plain water to flush out the wound. The saline solution will help to remove any dirt and other particles that may have gotten into the wound along with the Nair.
If the chemical made its way into your eye, you want to make sure you flush the eye out with water. If you don’t, the chemical can cause serious damage to your eye.
Step 2: Apply Sugar
If you’re dealing with a very small burn that isn’t on your face or neck, you want to make sure you don’t apply any creams or ointments to your skin. They can actually trap the Nair in your skin and delay the healing process. For these kinds of burns, you want to make sure you apply sugar to it.
Sugar has anti-inflammatory properties, so it will help to soothe the burning sensation.
You may want to repeat the process a few times, depending on the size of the burn.
Step 3: Apply Calamine And Cornstarch Paste
If the burn is a bit larger and covers a larger area, you want to make a mixture of calamine lotion and cornstarch.
You can use a gauze pad to apply the paste to the affected area. Make sure you apply it thick enough to cover the burn and soothe the burning sensation.
Calamine lotion is great for reducing the itching and swelling associated with a Nair burn. Most of the time, when you get nair in a sensitive area like your bikini line, you’re going to have an itchy and slightly swollen burn. Calamine lotion can help to reduce that swelling and itching so you can move about freely.
Cornstarch is also a great soothing agent. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and will help to reduce the swelling associated with the burn.
Step 4: Apply A Neutralizing Solution
If the burn is larger and covers your face or neck, you want to apply a neutralizing solution.
Neutralizing solutions are used to treat poison ivy, so they will neutralize the nair in your skin and prevent it from causing further damage. You can use an anti-itch cream or hydrocortisone cream to neutralize the chemical.
You want to apply the cream liberally to the affected area and leave it on for a few hours before washing it off. You can apply it as often as you like, but make sure to leave at least 4 hours in between each application.
Step 5: Treat With Aloe Vera
If the burn is still large or hasn’t healed at all, you want to try treating it with aloe vera.
Aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory properties that will help to reduce the swelling and redness associated with nair burns.
You can simply take a piece of the plant, cut off a bit, and rub it on the affected area. You can also squeeze the plant, and let the liquid drip on the burn.
This will help to reduce the burning sensation and speed up the healing process. You can also put some of the plant’s leaves in a blender and make an aloe vera gel for a faster and more intense healing effect.
Don’t Use Nair To Remove Hair From Your Bottom Or Vagina
If you have ever used the hair removal cream Nair on the sensitive skin around your vagina or anus, you might know all too well how easy it is to cause a chemical burn.
You should never use hair removal cream for this purpose.
For starters, the chemicals may be too strong for the delicate skin around your genitals, which could cause significant damage.
More importantly, the recommended application methods of these creams are not designed to reach the areas that you would like to remove hair from.
While the Nair hair removal cream will undoubtedly get some of your unwanted hair, you won’t be able to apply it to the right areas because your hands don’t have the precision required to apply it correctly.
A chemical burn in this sensitive area could lead to a serious infection that may require hospitalization. Furthermore, it may cause long-term damage to the sensitive tissues in this area.
Short-Term Effects Of A Nair Burn?
As we have discussed, a Nair chemical burn is not a serious injury, but there are a few short-term effects that you will want to be aware of to ensure that they don’t linger.
Some of the side effects that you may experience include redness, pain, and swelling. You may also notice that your skin turns blotchy as the redness spreads.
You may also feel an intense burning sensation that doesn’t pass.
All of these are normal for a mild chemical burn, but you should still seek medical attention if the pain or swelling doesn’t subside within a few days.
You may notice that your skin turns a little bit crusty or scaly as it heals.
You may also see some mild discoloration that will eventually fade as your skin returns to its normal color.
Long-Term Effects Of Nair
The long-term effects of a chemical burn, such as those caused by the Nair hair removal cream, are usually the result of the skin not receiving the right treatment and care.
For superficial burns, the best type of treatment is usually just plenty of water and time.
If you don’t treat the burn properly, it may become infected which could lead to long-term consequences.
Even if the infection is cleared up, you may experience some scarring.
You may also find that your skin becomes more sensitive to irritants and chemicals as a result of the burn.
In some cases, these burns may cause long-term damage and leave you with permanent marks and scars.