BURNT SKIN

Burns are one of the commonest household accidents, particularly among children. As such, it is important to understand what type (or “degree”) of burn you have, how to heal it faster, and how to avoid scarring.

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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How can I repair damaged skin?

If your skin has been burned or subject to cuts and grazes, speed up the skin barrier recovery process with a protective repairing balm such as CICAPLAST Baume B5. If you have a surgical wound with stitches, massage your scar with CICAPLAST Gel B5 to optimise skin barrier function repair. This product can also be used after a chemical peel or laser treatment.


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How do I treat diaper rash?

To treat nappy rash, bathe your baby in lukewarm water using a very mild, soap-free formula such as CICAPLAST Lavant B5 or LIPIKAR Syndet AP+. Gently pat dry and apply an ultra-gentle protective cream such as CICAPLAST Baume B5 that repairs the skin barrier function. In addition to these measures, ensure nappies are changed regularly and that they are not too tight.


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How can I get rid of sunburn?

Once you have developed sunburn, the damage has already been done and all you can do is let it heal. Religiously protect the burn from the sun to prevent it from getting any worse, as well as applying a soothing aftersun gel with antioxidants and make sure you stay hydrated. If your skin has blisters, use a skin healing cream from the pharmacy until the burn has fully healed.


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Are freckles damaged skin?

Some people simply have freckles. In this case, they are certainly not a sign of sun exposure or damage. Other people get freckles following sun exposure in summer. In this case, the freckles show that the skin has reacted to UV rays, which can cause damage. Then, make sure you protect your skin with broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen daily to prevent sun damage.


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What can I do about sensitive skin when I’m sick?

When you have a cold or the flu, your facial skin can become more sensitive due to repeated nose blowing. To soothe sore skin, mist the area with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and apply  CICAPLAST Baume B5 on red and raw areas. You can leave it on as a mask overnight to help the skin recover.  To reinforce your skin barrier use Toleriane Ultra on a daily basis.


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OR FALSE

YOUR SKIN GET DRYER
WHEN YOU'RE SICK.

TRUE

Colds and flus suck moisture out of our skin leaving it feeling dry and dull. The illnesses themselves, coupled with the medications we are taking, and the fact that many of us are bedridden, leads to skin being deprived of moisture.
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A 1ST DEGREE BURN
IS JUST LIKE SUNBURN.

TRUE

A 1st degree burn is just like a sunburn. It affects the outermost layer of skin only and causes the affected area to turn red and painful. Superficial skin burns also often itch due to histamine release.
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CHEILITIS IS THE SCIENTIFIC
WORD FOR CHAPPED LIPS.

TRUE

Cheilitis is another name for chapped lips. The lips become dry and flaky, and painful vertical cracks can develop. The skin around the lips sometimes becomes irritated too. This dryness causes unpleasant burning sensations.
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LICKING CHAPPED
LIPS IS A GOOD IDEA.

FALSE

People with dry and chapped lips often lick them frequently, and pick or bite off flaking skin. It’s so tempting isn’t it, but this only aggravates the situation by ridding skin of its natural protective layer and triggering a vicious cycle.
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DIFFERENT “DEGREES”
OF BURN

Burns can be classed as either 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree burns depending on how deep they are.

  • 1st degree burns are like sunburn: They are very superficial, causing redness and pain.
  • 2nd degree burns are deeper, affecting the superficial dermis: They cause blistering and extreme pain.
  • 3rd degree burns are also known as “full thickness” burns, affecting skin right down to its deepest layer, the hypodermis. Since they destroy nerve fibres, 3rd degree burns are often painless.

HOW TO TREAT BURNS

Your first reflex following a burn is to run it under cold water for several minutes to prevent further damage. If you have a 1st or 2nd degree burn, your next steps are to get a reputable burn cream from the pharmacy to soothe and aid healing, and cover with a sterile dressing to prevent infection. If you think you have a 3rd degree burn, you will need to go to your local hospital’s emergency department for treatment.

WILL MY BURN LEAVE A SCAR?

  • 1st degree burns like sunburn will almost never scar.
  • 2nd degree burns such as scalds or oil burns will rarely scar unless they get infected (all the more reason to use a specific cleanser for healing skin, a good burn cream and a sterile dressing).
  • 3rd degree burns will almost always leave some kind of scar on the skin, but this can be minimised by seeking prompt medical attention.

This section’s article will tell you everything you need to know about caring for a new burn, to minimise pain and maximise your chances of scar-free healing. You’ll also find links to plenty of dedicated hero products.

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 SKIN

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DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.