Do You Know How To Treat A Chemical Burn On Face? (Sage Skincare Q&A)

Have you ever suffered from a chemical burn on your face?

Did you know that it’s possible to get facial chemical burns and that these can sometimes be very severe?

If this happens to you, do you know how to treat a chemical burn on face?

Although it’s not a very common side effect, unfortunately, many different types of facial treatments have the potential to cause chemical burns on the face. There are a lot of other possible causes as well, and in this article, we’ll help you figure out which ones you may be at risk of—or which ones may have already affected you.

If you think you may have a chemical burn on your face, we’ll also give you a list of symptoms you should look out for. Only a doctor will be able to tell you for sure, but if you’ve got a problem like this, you’ll likely be able to figure it out fairly well on your own too. Unfortunately, sometimes these types of burns can be very severe, so remember to see your healthcare provider if you feel you can’t handle treatment on your own.

Finally, if you do think you can take care of treating the burn yourself, we’ll help you figure out some of the best treatments you can consider to deal with this problem. You’ll be able to choose the best method for your specific needs and learn more about some methods of treatment you might not have known about previously, too.

There’s a lot to learn about chemical burns on your face. Read on to find out more.

How can you get a chemical burn on your face?

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If you’ve ever had a chemical burn on your face, you’re not alone. But if you haven’t, you might be wondering how something like this can really happen. Scientifically speaking, a chemical burn happens when either a strong base or a strong acid comes into contact with the skin on your face. This type of chemical can be found just about anywhere, and chemical burns can happen at home, at work, or even in situations where you might not expect something like this at all.

There are several different sources that might cause a chemical burn on your face if you aren’t careful. Always read labels on chemical products and make sure your skin doesn’t come into contact with anything too harsh. Pay special attention to the following:

  • Bleach and other household cleaners
  • Chlorine for the swimming pool
  • Certain types of bath products
  • Battery acid
  • Ammonia
  • Any product that contains undiluted chemicals or any chemical that is very strong.

Even chemical peels can cause burns, and they’re actually one of the more common culprits among household instances of chemical burning. In the following sections, we’ll discuss how to tell if you’re dealing with a burn caused by your chemical peel and what to do to treat it if so.

What are the symptoms of a chemical burn on the face?

The symptoms you need to look out for may differ depending on the cause of the chemical burn. If you’re using a chemical peel and it causes a burn, there are specific problems you’ll want to be on the lookout for. Here is a list of the symptoms to keep in mind when you’re trying to determine whether or not you’re dealing with a true chemical burn.

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  • Redness and irritation on your face or any part of the skin that came into contact with the chemical peel.
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling on your face or any part of your skin that came into contact with the chemical peel.
  • Blisters or dead skin forming on your face. These blisters or patches of skin may slough off over time.
  • If the chemical peel was used near your eyes, you may notice changes in your vision.
  • Coughing or gasping.
  • More severely, a bad reaction could cause low blood pressure, headache, seizures, and even cardiac arrest. This is very rare, but if you notice yourself gasping or feeling shaky, it’s a good idea to get to a hospital or to your doctor right away for a more thorough examination and any intensive treatments you may need.

What should you do for a chemical burn?

Treatment of a chemical burn from a chemical peel is simple, and if you notice your skin starting to burn early enough, you shouldn’t need to worry about seeing a doctor to help deal with it. However, if you have any concerns at all, be sure you visit your healthcare provider or go to the hospital right away.

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  • Take off the chemical peel right away and rinse your face with cool water for 20 minutes.
  • Remove your clothing and jewelry and wash it well so it doesn’t continue to burn you in the future.
  • Keep a cool cloth on your face to help reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the burn.
  • Wrap your face in a clean cloth or sterile gauze. Be sure whatever you use to do this is very clean so you won’t risk developing an infection at the site of the burn.
  • Keep washing the burn with cool water every few hours while it is still painful. This will help prevent infection and encourage better healing, too.
  • Do not pop or play with any blisters that may develop. Don’t force skin to slough off.
  • Use aloe when the blisters have popped to help deal with pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.


Were you able to find a treatment method that will work for your chemical burn? Or did you learn a little more about how to recognize chemical burns when they first begin? Did you find out something you didn’t already know about what might cause chemical burns in the first place? There are many different sources of this potential skin problem, but thankfully, most of them can be easily avoided as long as you take care about the products you put on your face.

Remember not to use anything you may be allergic to, and if you’re trying a chemical facial treatment for the first time, test it on a small patch of facial skin (such as the space behind your ear) for a couple of days to see if it causes a severe reaction before you try it on your whole face. If you are the type of person who has very sensitive skin or if you tend to break out or develop sores from just about any type of facial skin treatment, you should probably stay away from chemical peels altogether. There are plenty of great all-natural treatment options you can try, so be sure to speak to your skin care specialist for more information.


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