Burns are difficult to treat. Sometimes, they can be permanent, but most of the time, they will fade away over time. It’s important to understand that you can't treat your burn scar with skincare products, but you can use them to help speed up the fading process.
Whether your burn was caused by the sun or your curling iron, we doubt this is your first burn. For most first-degree burns, you can probably take care of yourself at home. But anything more severe must be brought to a doctor.
Here at Nourishing Biologicals, we know that some wear their scars as a badge of honor, while others feel most confident with them covered up. We say either or is fine — we just want you to feel your best!
How To Help Face a Burn Scar
Treating a burn at home is tricky. Burns are serious, and they should be treated as so. If you get a super minor first-degree burn, chances are there's no need to contact your doctor. But if discomfort persists and the redness doesn't ease up, you may have a second or third-degree burn on your hands.
If you aren't knowledgeable on what burn degrees look like and how to tell them apart, here's what you need to know: first degree burns can happen with just one second of heat contact and will appear as pink or red and won't blister over. If redness lasts longer than two weeks and blisters start to develop, you may have a worse burn than you thought.
A first-degree burn is when only the top layer (the epidermis) of your skin is damaged.
Sunburn is the most common type of burn people experience. While usually, sunburn will heal into a nice tan, that's not always the case. It's not uncommon for sunburn to blister up and become a second or third-degree burn.
When you first get an uncomfortable sunburn, there are a few ways you can ease discomfort — it's really personal preference. If you want to apply a cool compress to the burnt area of your skin, or if you want to apply a soothing lotion or cream — it's completely up to you. If you're looking for a topical way to soothe your discomfort, cold aloe vera will provide an instant cooling sensation.
Once you've given your sunburn or a week or two to heal, you can expect it to start peeling. This peeling can make some feel like a member of the reptile species, but it's a completely normal step in the healing process.
Our main concern is that you get in the habit of picking at the peeling skin. Even though it may feel yucky sitting on your skin or even satisfying to peel it off, we say no touching!
Picking at your sunburn (or any burn scar) can cause avoidable scarring and damage to the skin.
How To Fade Burn Scars
In most cases, sunburn or minor burns won't leave a scar. But anything more severe probably will leave a scar—the scar a burn level depends on the degree of the burn and the treatment process after.
If your burn wasn't properly cared for, the chances of it leaving a more intense scar are more likely; hence, why burn treatment should never be overlooked, even if it's a first-degree burn.
Using skincare products or other ointments to speed the fading process can be very successful or very unsuccessful — it all depends on the burn. Many products can help fade your burn scars; you just have to know what to buy.
A no-brainer would be buying a good scar cream, like our Scar Logic® Cream. You can buy most without a prescription from a doctor, and many are well-known for their great results. We suggest doing a bit of web surfing before making your final decision, but we think any scar cream will be helpful.
The science behind scar creams is that they are ultra-moisturizing and are full of healing properties. Most things you can get in a scar cream, you can find in all-natural products too.
Many scar creams are based on ingredients like shea butter, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil, which are all thought to help speed up the scar fading process. Even certain seaweeds and sea kelps are used to help heal and soothe burn scars.
So, Implementing products with these ingredients into your daily routine won't hurt at all!
Scar creams favor the healing process as they hydrate and soothe the damaged skin. They can help reduce redness and even out the skin. Keep an eye out for ingredients like silicone, vitamin E, and retinol. Each of these can play a key role in the healing process.
There are tons of symptoms that come with a burn or burn scar; discomfort and itching are some of them. While keeping your burn or healing scar moisturized is crucial to the healing process and helping the scar fade quicker, it can also stop you from picking or itching at your scar.
When a burn is healing, it can often feel very itchy. And the more you pick or itch at a burn, the more likely it is to scar. Ensuring you have a good moisturizer on hand at all times will surely help this process a ton.
The Moisturizing Body Lotion is ultra-hydrating, will replenish your skin, and help support your skin's protective barrier.
How To Avoid Burn Scars
The best way to avoid burn scars is by avoiding getting burned. Of course, that's easier said than done, as sometimes getting burned is out of your control. However, we have some suggestions that may help you avoid getting burned again in the future.
Sunburn is a common skin burn that can sometimes cause irreversible damage. Yes, sunburn can scar over and never fade completely, but it can also cause certain skin cancers and other skin issues.
Avoiding sunburn is the easiest burn to avoid; all it takes is the application of SPF and ensuring you're paying attention to the time when outdoors.
If you're prone to sunburn, then you should plan your days accordingly. Here are a few tips we have for you.
Plan Activities for Early Morning or Evening
Plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or evening. This will ensure you aren't facing the sun at its hottest (most damaging) time of day. Doing any outdoor activities midday is risky, even if you aren't sensitive to the sun.
Apply Enough Sunscreen
Even when you feel like you've applied plenty of sunscreens, apply some more. You can never apply too much, so you might as well be safe. Your sunscreen should be SPF 30 and reapplied every two to three hours.
Note: it won't hurt to wear protective clothing. This way, your skin's exposure to the sun is kept to a minimum.
Don’t Rely on Moisturizers As Sunscreen
A common mistake we hear all too often is people mistaking their moisturizers for sunscreen. Yes, many face moisturizers or skincare products have SPF, but that it's usually a very small amount — not enough to protect your skin all day.
We suggest applying your facial moisturizer of choice, then applying more SPF on top of that. When you apply your sunscreen with other skincare products, they will blend in much easier.
Wearing Protective Clothes When Doing Your Hair
If you're someone who loves to run a straightener or curler through their hair daily, then chances are you've experienced a burn once or twice. They happen so quickly and can sometimes feel unavoidable.
Your best way to avoid getting burned by your hairstyling tools is by wearing protective clothing. Even if you're used to getting ready in your comfy clothes — an oversized t-shirt or a robe —- we suggest throwing a long sleeve shirt on.
Wearing a long sleeve shirt and gloves will prevent the wand from damaging your arms or hands, the two body parts that are most at risk.
Be Careful in The Kitchen
Working in the kitchen seriously ups your chances of getting burnt. When dealing with hot oil, boiling water, or hot ovens and stovetops, you're bound to get burned at least once. While you can't completely avoid the kitchen, that's not to say you should get too comfortable either.
You should always be cautious whenever you're cooking or working with hot materials or foods. Usually, kitchen burns can be much worse than sunburn or small burns caused by beauty tools. Spending a Sunday evening in the ER is never ideal, so we ask you to be careful next time you're challenging your inner Gordan Ramsey.
Stay Moisturized With Nourishing Biologicals
If you're going through the process of healing a burn, we're sorry to hear that; we know it can seem never-ending. Yes, burns take a while to heal, but once they're healed, you can begin your scar treatment.
Unless you're suffering from a second or third-degree burn, then most scars will fade away within a year. However, anything worse than a first degree may take some serious time to heal. Anywhere between a year or two is normal.
Luckily for you, most burn scars will fade with the daily application of quality skincare products you probably use every day. Just keep your scars moisturized and clean, and your healing process should be a breeze.