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How do you treat relaxer burns?

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According to Vissa Studios, treating relaxer burns is a three-to-four step process. Step one is to wash the area thoroughly with water and a neutralizing shampoo to prevent further burns, while step two is to debride the wound by removing loose hairs. Third, wash the area with an antiseptic, and then optionally, apply an antibacterial ointment to the wound to speed up healing and reduce chances of infection.

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Vissa Studios warns against scratching or picking at scabs once the wound begins to heal. Relaxer burns are chemical burns and itch excessively during the healing process. For minor burns, use aloe vera as a natural remedy that facilitates healing and soothes pain and itching. The gel is applied directly to the wound and surrounding areas.

According to Vissa Studios, sodium hydroxide is also known as lye and is a highly corrosive agent. However both lye and non-lye relaxers can cause burns. Relaxers of all types cause chemical burns when allowed to sit for too long on the scalp. A neutralizing shampoo, which usually comes with the purchased relaxer, is necessary to wash out the relaxing agents. Vissa Studios advises continuing normal hair care routines and taking care to brush and comb gently. Chemical burns also cause hair loss.

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