How To Prevent Burn Marks On Face & Other Body Parts

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There are just too many ways to burn your skin by mistake today! It could be a hair curler, steam iron, gas stove, hot water, an oven or microwave, water kettle, or sometimes even your laptops and chargers. The most problematic part of burning your skin is the fear of leaving behind a burn mark or a scar.

Fear not! Because you have us!

Immediate treatment of a skin burn is usually the easiest way to minimise scars. However, the best treatment for burn marks is prevention.

Here are some things you must know and can do to prevent such confidence-deterring burn marks.

How to prevent burn marks or scars on your hand? 

Let’s start with a list of things you can do immediately after a burn to improve your chances for less or no scarring.

  • Rinse the area where the skin is burnt in cool water and allow the skin to dry naturally.
  • Apply an antibiotic cream to the burn to prevent an infection.
  • Cover the burn with a non-stick bandage.
  • Stretch the burned area for a few minutes each day.
  • Let it heal automatically, do not interfere with the natural process.
  • Protect the burned skin from the sun with clothing. Depending on the severity of the burn, this area will be very sensitive for several months.

10 ways to prevent burn marks on your face?

This skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of the body. Therefore you have to be more careful and take extra precautions to ensure that you don’t get burn marks!

  1. Cool the burn immediately after it occurs. Apply a cold, wet compresses on the burn for about 10 minutes or until the pain subsides.
  1. Apply petroleum jelly on the burnt area 2 to 3 times daily. 
  1. Do not apply ointments, toothpaste or butter to the burn, as these may cause an infection. Against what the internet has told you, toothpaste does not make a burn better. In fact, it can make it much worse.
  1. Do not apply topical antibiotics to your face.
  1. Cover the burn with a non-stick, sterile bandage. 
  1. If blisters form, let them heal on their own while keeping the area covered. 
  1. Do not pop the blisters!
  1. Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. This can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
  1. 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 colour because of excessive melanin pigment generation. Fixing scars becomes difficult this way.
  1. Visit a doctor if your burn is severe. They are your best chance at avoiding a residual burn mark or scar.


However, it’s always safer to seek a dermatologist’s advice if you want to reduce burn marks on your face; they know the best! 

The silver lining

Domestic burns are a part and parcel of daily life. It is impossible never to get burnt; however, you can take the right steps and measures to ensure proper treatment. This will help you prevent burn marks and scars from being left behind as a reminder of your woes!


 1. How to get rid of burn marks on the face?

While there are home remedies like distilled water and baking soda mixed together, we don’t recommend them. Our go-to would be visiting a dermatologist and getting their opinion on various treatment options for your marks.

2. Do burn scars fade?

Yes, over a long period of time, burn scars do tend to fade. But this depends on the severity of the burn.

3. Should burns be kept moist or dry? 

Minor burns should be kept moist with ointment in order to heal.

4. How does the skin heal after a burn?

Depending on the severity of the burn, a blister might form. After this, a new layer of skin slowly begins to generate as your skin heals.


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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.