Can burn marks be removed?

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Updated On - August 25, 2020 Dr Jisha Gomez
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Burn marks are frustrating, isn’t it? Unfortunately, surviving every day without it leaving behind marks on you is almost impossible! Sadly, marks due to burns are quite common to happen and affect one’s appearance & confidence badly. 

If you want to remove burn marks, you need to understand what caused it and how deep it is.

What’s covered in this article?
What causes Burn Marks?
✔ Types of Burns
How to Removing New Burns Marks?
✔ How to Remove Old Burns Marks?

What causes Burn Marks? 

When we touch something hot, like a pressure cooker while busy cooking, or accidentally splash boiling water on the skin while bathing, it causes burns. Skin burns can also be caused due to harmful chemicals, the hot sun, and electricity. Such burnt parts of the skin repair itself leaving behind a residual mark that shows on the skin. 

Some burn marks/scars are temporary and some fade over time. Others are permanent. It depends on the depth of the damage done. 

Types of Burns

  1. First-degree burns: Heals on their own within a week without causing scars.
  2. Second-degree burns: Heals in about two weeks leaving a scar behind, but it may fade with time.
  3. Third-degree burns: This type of burn will not heal without medical intervention. Take months or years to heal. They leave behind scars.

How to Remove New Burns Marks:

If you have just burnt your skin, it’s easy to prevent marks from happening! Here’s what you can do immediately to improve your chances for less or no scarring.

  • Cool the burn. Apply cold, wet compresses on the burn for about 10 minutes or until the pain subsides.
  • Apply petroleum jelly 2 to 3 times daily. 
  • Do not apply ointments, toothpaste or butter to the burn, as these may cause an infection. 
  • Do not apply topical antibiotics.
  • Cover the burn with a nonstick, sterile bandage. 
  • If blisters form, let them heal on their own while keeping the area covered. 
  • Do not pop the blisters.
  • Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. This can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Protect the area from the sun: Wearing protective clothing or applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sun exposure turns your wound into a much darker color because of excessive melanin pigment generation. Fixing scars becomes difficult this way.

How to Remove Old Burns Marks:

If the scar is too old, not much can be done without medical intervention. However, you can make the scar less visible by moisturizing it and protecting it from the sun.

Note: There’s no known way to make scars from severe burns totally disappear, but you can try making it lighter with skin doctor’s help.

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About Author

Dr Jisha Gomez
She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.