Burn wounds are painful wounds caused by overheating of the skin. Most burns are caused by doing everyday chores such as cooking, making a cup of tea and not looking out with the boiling water, touching a hot oven dish, open fire from a gas stove or a fire in the garden, etcetera. Burns can also occur if you sit in the sun for too long without protecting the skin.
Three types of burns
Skin burns can be divided into three categories: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. For first-degree injuries, the skin is red and dry, such as sunburn. You can treat these wounds yourself and do not need to be seen by a doctor.
In the case of second-degree burns, the skin is red, and blisters or damp spots can be seen. These wounds can usually be treated by themselves. However, if the injury is more significant than a hand, if the face or pubic area is bandaged, or if several fingers or toes are burned, it is advisable to consult a doctor. In case of doubt, always contact a doctor.
Finally, there are the third-degree burns of the skin. With these wounds, the skin has disappeared, and the injury does not hurt because the ends of the nerves are also burned. The skin is then usually white or black. Always go to a doctor with third-degree burns.
First aid for burns
It is essential to first fresh burn wounds with lukewarm, steaming water. It seems very long, but cool the skin for at least 15 minutes and preferably longer. This flowing water removes the heat from the skin and ensures that the skin hurts less.
How do I care for these Wounds?
With first-degree and most second-degree burns of the skin (where the skin is still closed), it is crucial to hydrate the skin properly. Use products that are not irritating to the surface and that soften the skin.
For sunburns, it is crucial to properly hydrate the skin and protect it against more sun exposure. The hannah products Touch Of Silk and First Aid are perfect products to care for skin burned by the sun. These products are gentle on the skin and soothe it. The silicones in Touch of Silk ensure that no scars occur, and the skin heals nicely and evenly.
In the evening, the skin can be cleaned very gently with the Cleansing Milk from hannah. This gentle cleansing milk is pH (acidity) skin neutral so that the natural protective cover of the skin is not disturbed, and the skin is not unnecessarily dehydrated. After cleansing the surface, the hannah Vitamin Complex is highly recommended: it is intensive care through the addition of skin-specific vitamins A, D, E, F, and K that are absorbed directly by the skin and help to heal it.
Juliette Armand also has two excellent products that can be used on skin with burns: the Derma Heal Cream and the Derma Heal Gel. The name says it all; these two products support the healing of the skin. These two products strengthen the protection mechanism of the skin and help ensure that the skin does not discolor.
To ensure that the skin is not (further) burned by, for example, the sun, you have to protect the surface with a sunscreen that is mild to the skin. An excellent example of this is the Oolaboo Moisturizing Sun Cream. This cream moisturizes the skin while protecting the skin from the sun.
The following applies to all these products: do not use them on open skin without consulting a doctor.
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