How to Treat a Burnt Lip From Waxing

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Only minor burns to the lip should be treated at home.
Only minor burns to the lip should be treated at home. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When waxing your eyebrows or upper lip, ensure the wax is cool enough before application; wax that is too hot will drip and burn the skin or lips. Wax is an effective way of removing unwanted facial hair, but it can be dangerous in the hands of the inexperienced. If you get a wax burn on your lip, there are several basic procedures to follow that will help the burn to heal as quickly as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold compress
  • Vaseline

Prepare a cold compress for your lip. Take a few pieces of ice, wrap them in a cloth and hold them to your lip. Do not apply ice directly, as this will cause frostbit and may peel the skin off. If ice is not available, use cold water.

Determine the severity of the burn. A first-degree burn will result in painful redness and possibly swelling. A second-degree burn is more painful, the skin may look blotchy and blisters will occur. A third-degree burn may appear black and will either result in severe pain or little or no pain if the nerves have been damaged. Seek medical care immediately if you have a third-degree burn or a second-degree burn that covers a large area. Only small second-degree burns and first-degree burns should be treated at home.

Apply Vaseline to keep the lips moist. You may apply other lip balm containing aloe vera to speed up the healing process. Blisters may form and these will help to protect the wound from infection. Do not pop them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your lips moist--don't lick them.
  • Burns are prone to infections. Although some fluid from a burn wound is normal, it should be clear. Consult a doctor if it is pussy.

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