How do I Fade Scars From Chemical Burns?

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A chemical spilled on your skin can cause a serious burn.
A chemical spilled on your skin can cause a serious burn. (Image: chemical glassware image by Oleg Mitiukhin from Fotolia.com)

Strong chemicals can cause burns on your skin that are similar to thermal burns. The chemicals can severely damage your skin, and healing takes time. Even after bandages are removed and any scabbing goes away, you can be left with telltale scars. Scars are often raised and discolored, and concealing them is difficult. While professional treatment is one option, if you're not ready to consult a doctor you can try some remedies at home. These topical treatments may make your chemical burn scar less noticeable.

Things You'll Need

  • Vitamin E cream, gel or lotion
  • Aloe vera cream or gel
  • Over-the-counter scar treatment product
  • Sunscreen

Apply the vitamin E product as soon as your skin has healed completely. Rub the product on to clean, dry skin until it is fully absorbed. Re-apply several times daily, if desired. It may take several weeks to see a noticeable difference.

Rub an aloe vera cream or gel on to clean, dry skin three to four times daily. Continue the regimen as needed until you see an improvement in the scarred areas.

Purchase an over-the-counter scar treatment product. These are available in several forms, including gel, cream, lotion or silicone patches. A local pharmacy will have multiple varieties on hand.

Apply the product to your scar according to the included directions. Like all the remedies, noticeable fading or reduction can take multiple applications over several weeks. Continue to use the product as directed.

Apply a sunscreen to exposed scarred areas when you go outdoors. Sun exposure can cause the scar to darken, undoing any fading the treatments have accomplished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Severe scarring may require prescription or surgical treatments in order to be reversed.
  • As with any topical skin products, discontinue use if irritation occurs.

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