Depilatory creams dissolve unwanted hair without damaging the root and follicle, according to Health Services at Columbia. Applied according to manufacturer's instructions, depilatory creams are less likely to irritate the skin during hair removal. Left on longer than recommended, the use of a depilatory cream can result in a burn to the skin. Curing the burn requires the use of topical treatments that calm and heal the affected skin.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water before treating the burned area. Blot your hands dry using a clean towel.
Cool the burn. Dampen a clean washcloth with cold water, wring it out and apply it to the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat the process several times a day until the burn resolves.
Apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the area affected by the depilatory cream. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the antibiotic ointment onto your clean fingertips. Rub the antibiotic ointment into your skin using circular motions. Apply the antibiotic ointment three times daily.
Tips and Warnings
- Apply cream depilatories to a small area of skin before using them on larger areas to remove unwanted hair. Apply and remove the depilatory as directed and wait 24 hours to see if irritation develops.
Things You'll Need
- Clean towel
- Clean washcloth
- Antibiotic ointment