Lightening burn scars from a curling iron should begin by preventing them in the first place.
Prevent burns by inserting a thin plastic comb between the curling iron and the face or scalp. This will be awkward at first but will become second nature. Prevention also means being prepared. Store a copy of this article, 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, Neosporin or some other antibiotic cream, facial cleanser, moisturizing ointment and vitamin E oil in your make-up drawer.
Lightening burn scars will be much easier if treated immediately. Burn scars from a curling iron are generally mild if properly treated but can develop into a problem if not.
- Treat a curling iron burn by immediately wrapping several ice cubes in a paper towel or thin piece of cloth. Gently apply it to the burned area for 15 minutes.
- Take a short break and repeat.
- Apply 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to the burned area and then an antibiotic such as Neosporin. Continue both medicines for a day or so until there is no evidence of infection.
- At night gently wash the burned area with a mild facial cleanser, and then massage a moisturizing ointment into the burn.
- Place a bandage over the burn so that when you move around on your pillow you won’t further irritate the damaged skin.
- Do not use make-up on the burn and do not expose it to the damaging effects of the sun.
- Apply a small bandage to protect the burn if you will be in direct sunlight for over 10 minutes at a time.
- As the burn heals, gently rub in vitamin E oil 3 times a day.
- After the burn has completely healed, use a mild over the counter skin bleaching treatment to remove the top layer of skin discoloration. Follow this procedure again according to the label directions if the discoloration persists.
- Continue to use vitamin E oil until the scar has faded. If the discoloration does not fade sufficiently, consult a dermatologist regarding laser or skin bleaching treatments.
The negative effect of the burn is doubly troublesome since it occurred because the person was getting ready to go out in public. Treat the burn instead of trying to cover it up so it is not noticeable. Do not apply make-up to the burn area, since this will further irritate the damaged skin and interfere with the medicine you have already applied. Style the hair instead to cover the burned area by combing bangs down over the forehead or wearing the hair straight down to cover the side of the face.
Burns from a curling iron are painful and inconvenient, but treating them immediately and correctly will dramatically lessen the duration of the scar’s discoloration.