Formation of scars is usually minimal with second degree burns, as stated by UNM Hospitals. A second degree burn is a burn that occurs when both the first layer and the second layer of the skin have been burned. More »

Second-degree burns may be treated at home with cool water, sterile gauze and over-the-counter pain medication. Third-degree burns are more serious, requiring emergency medical attention, states Mayo Clinic. More » Health Conditions & Diseases Wounds & Bruises

The differences between first-, second- and third-degree burns are based on the severity of skin damage, according to Healthline. First-degree burns cause reddening of the skin, second-degree burns cause blisters and ski... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

The best ointment for first and second degree burns is pure aloe vera or petroleum jelly, according to MedlinePlus. Medicated antibiotic burn creams are not necessary and can cause allergic reactions. The ointment should... More »

According to Mayo Clinic, it is advised to treat a minor burn, including first- and second-degree burns, with cool water and a sterile gauze bandage. For severe burns, call 911 and cover the burn with moist, cool washclo... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Wounds & Bruises

For minor burns from heat or flame, WebMD recommends cooling the burn with cool running water or compresses. Cover the burn with a clean cloth or sterile non-stick bandage and treat pain with over-the counter pain medica... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Wounds & Bruises

First aid treatment is important to the healing process for a burn because it may reduce or prevent the formation of scar tissue and prevent infection, states Pharmacy Times. Individuals should only treat their own burns... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Wounds & Bruises