How to Treat Chemical Burns in the Bikini Area

by Tobias Starr ; Updated September 28, 2017

Chemical burns can happen on any body part with a variety of substances. In the case of a chemical burn in your bikini area, you may have misused or simply reacted badly to a hair removal cream, such as a depilatory cream. You can treat your chemical burn at home.

Step 1

Remove any jewelry or clothing that is in the area of the burn. This is to help avoid spreading the chemical to other areas of the body.

Step 2

Run cool water over the area. Stand in the shower with cool water running, or soak a soft sponge in cold water and gentle hold it to the burn. Do so for at least 20 minutes. If there is any residue left from the cream that causes the burn, wipe it away gently with water. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area.

Step 3

Pat the burned area dry with a soft cloth.

Step 4

Avoid putting on any kind of burn medication or salve just yet. Because this burn is a chemical burn, adding another chemical to the skin may cause the chemical to bind to the skin and burn it further.

Step 5

Call the American Association of Poison Control Centers for further instructions. (See Resources) Have the package of the hair removal cream at hand in case the association has any questions about the product.

Warnings

  • If the burn victim is unresponsive, having a seizure or is having difficulty breathing, seek emergency help immediately.

About the Author

Tobias Starr has been writing professionally since 2010. Her specialties include fashion/beauty articles, literary analysis pieces and the occasional commentary on cultural issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in speech communication and a Master of Arts in secondary education, both from Morehead State University.