How To Treat Skin Burns & Burn Blisters That Has Popped At Home
In this article, we shall be considering some methods of treating skin burns and popped burn blisters at home. But before we get into the matter proper, let’s get to know about what causes burns and burn blisters.
What are skin burns and blisters?
Skin burns, or simply burns, are damage to the skin tissue, which may be due to a number of reasons, such as exposure to heat or radiation, among other causes.
On the other hand, a blister is any protrusion or elevation on the outer skin that is filled with liquid, usually serum. Normally, blisters develop from a scald or burn, as well as other causes.
Causes of skin burns and blisters
Burns are caused by various reasons. Some of the major causes of burns are:
- Scalding from hot liquids or substances
- Electrical and chemical burns
- Overexposure to sunlight
Blisters can be caused by any of the following:
- Cold sores
- Extreme temperatures
- Skin infection like warts or tinea
- Wearing tight shoes
- Intense sunburn
- Scalding and skin burns (which is the type of blisters this post is about)
Symptoms of skin burns
The symptoms of skin burns will depend on the extent to which the skin was burnt or damaged. These symptoms may become noticeable only after one day or more. That said, burn symptoms are classified according to the severity of the burn, or burn degree.
Basically, there are three categories of skin burns: first- , second- , and third-degree burns, with the degree or extent of skin damage increasing with the class.
First-degree burns: This type of burns affects only the outer skin layer – the epidermis. Common symptoms of first-degree burns include redness and pain.
Second-degree burns: Second degree burns affect the outer skin layer as well as the inner skin layer (dermis). Symptoms of this class of burns include blisters and skin thickening.
Third-degree burns: Burns of this type of burns are deeper than second-degree burns, and they are marked by whiteness and thickness of the skin.
There are also fourth-degree burns, which affect the skin and go into the bone tissues.
Burn blister symptoms include:
- Reddening of the skin
- Tenderness of the skin
- Swelling on the skin with fluid
Home remedies for skin burns and popped burn blisters
The following are some of the home remedies for skin burns and popped blisters from skin burns:
- Coconut oil: Coconut is rich in vitamin E and other compounds that help the skin to heal faster. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties that help to prevent the burned or exposed skin from infection. For optimum results, you can add a few drops of lemon juice to the coconut oil before applying on the skin.
- Castor oil: Before going to sleep at night, apply some castor oil on the popped blister(s) or burned skin to dry it up. Castor oil is a common home remedy for treating different types of blisters, including burn blisters.
- Aloe vera gel: This list will definitely be incomplete with aloe vera. Aloe vera gel can and has been used in the treatment of various skin conditions, including skin burns and blisters. For one, the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera gel are powerful to reduce any swelling on the skin, while the many antioxidants present also help to combat any infection-causing organisms in the body. You can get aloe vera gel by using a spoon to scoop the juice from a stem of aloe vera.
- Tea tree oil: To treat skin burns and popped burn blisters using tea tree oil, drip a few drops of the oil onto a cotton pad. Then, use the same pad to swipe on the burn or blister area. Tea tree oil is useful here because it has antiseptic and pain-relieving properties that help to prevent infection of the open skin and in reducing the painful feeling of the burn or blister. A word of caution though, you need to dilute the tea tree oil in a carrier oil like olive or coconut oil if your skin is highly sensitive.
- Calendula ointment: Calendula ointment has a soothing effect on the skin, as well as helps in promoting healing of wounds.
- Yellow mustard: Blend about one tablespoonful of yellow mustard seeds and mix with just enough water to form a smooth paste. Afterward, apply the paste on the popped blister or burned skin to relieve the pain and irritation. Mustard seeds help this way because of the presence of allyl isothiocyanate, which has analgesic properties, as well as helps to promote blood flow to the burned area.
- Honey: Honey’s medicinal properties are so many to name. However, for the purpose of treating skin burns and blisters, the anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties come into play. You can reap honey’s benefits here by taking two teaspoons of raw local honey.
- Apple cider vinegar: Like honey, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another multifarious liquid used for treatment of various ailments. The natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties of acetic acid – the main ingredient of vinegar – all combine to bring relief to skin burns. Mix 2 teaspoons of cold apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of water in a bowl. Then, using a cotton pad, apply the diluted ACV to the affected skin, leaving it until the vinegar vaporizes.
- Vitamin E oil: Vitamin E has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that should help in healing burns and open blisters on the skin. Obtain vitamin E oil from vitamin E capsules and apply on the affected area. Make sure to repeat the process twice or three times more each day.
- Tea bags: Tea contains several antioxidants, such as tannins, which have astringent and endothermic properties, which are helpful in treating skin burns and popped blisters. Aside from these, the analgesic properties of tea can also be beneficial in healing burned skin and blisters. All you have to do is to freeze some used tea bags and place them on the affected area. You can use a bandage or gauze to fasten the tea bags and leave for about 15 minutes.
- Use cool water: To reduce the painful and burning sensation of skin burns, place the affected skin under running cool water. Take caution, however, not to use ice on the burn as it can damage the skin more. Alternatively, you can put a wet washcloth on the popped blister to soothe the pain. Ensure to wring out the washcloth after soaking in cool water.
- Milk: The acid and zinc content present in milk are helpful in accelerating the healing process of burns and popped blisters. Dip a ball of cotton into cold milk and gently apply the milk on the skin burns or popped blisters. Leave the liquid on the skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing off with water. Continue to apply the milk until the pain begins to subside.
- Lavender oil: To treat skin burns and popped blisters using lavender essential oil, mix one teaspoon of the oil with about 2 ounces of water in a misting bottle. Then, shake the misting bottle and spray on the burned/blistered skin.
- Frankincense oil: Yet another essential oil that you can use for treating skin burns and blisters is frankincense oil. The antioxidant and antiseptic properties of the oil are what make it an effective remedy for burns and popped blisters. Just like with tea tree oil, use a pad of cotton to apply the frankincense oil on the skin.
- Oats: Oats contain several active chemical compounds like avenathramides, which have anti-inflammatory effects. In combination with other antioxidants present in oats, avenathramides help to bring relief to pain, as well as help in accelerating healing of popped blisters. To reap the benefits of oats for burns and blisters, pour a tablespoon of oats into a bowl of water and leave for a few minutes. Afterward, soak the affected skin in the mixture for about 15 minutes. Repeat the process again at least once each day.
- Witch hazel: Just like tea, witch hazel contains tannins, which have astringent properties that help to dry out blisters. You can apply witch hazel oil on burned skin by using a cotton ball.
- Salt: Table salt can also be beneficial in treating burns and blisters. The antimicrobial and natural healing properties of salt help in making skin burns heal faster. To make this remedy, mix a teaspoon of table salt with a few drops of water to make a paste. Then, apply the paste to the affected skin and leave to dry.
- Baking soda: Baking soda acts as an antacid that helps in balancing pH levels of the skin, thus, reducing the painful feeling associated with burns. Furthermore, the antiseptic properties of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) are helpful in protecting the exposed skin from infection. For this method, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of water and apply the resulting paste on the burned or blistered skin. Leave the paste on for about 15 minutes before washing off with water.
- Eucalyptus oil: Another essential oil that can be used for treating skin burns and popped blisters is eucalyptus essential oil. The natural antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of the oil help in fighting off disease-causing organisms in the body. If the oil is too harsh on your skin, you can try diluting it in a carrier oil.
While this is a do-it-yourself article, you also need to consult with your doctor before trying any method, as some methods may require you to understand your body before trying.