Skin Care

Superficial dermal burn which healed by day 13 post injury - still requiring skin care for the best possible long term outcome Copy

Superficial dermal burn which healed by day 13 post injury – still requiring skin care for the best possible long term outcome
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Skin care is mandatory following the healing of burn injuries.

Sun Exposure

Newly healed skin is sensitive to sun. People should avoid unnecessary sun exposure as much as possible after a burn injury. If it is not possible to keep burns covered with clothing, a high protection factor sun block should be applied.

Washing

Newly healed skin is frequently sensitive to extremes of temperature and a tepid bath or shower will be more comfortable. A mild non-perfumed soap will minimise sensitivities. Bath oils may minimise the tendency for skin to become dry and scaly. All efforts should be made to avoid getting soap in unhealed wounds.

Application of Moisturiser

Moisturiser should be applied at least twice daily to healed skin due to the

Post Burn Skin Care

Post Burn Skin Care
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damage to natural oil secreting glands. Ensure the skin has been adequately cleansed to avoid build up of residue and minimise pore blockage.

Itching

Itching is a common problem, especially in the first few months after healing. Occasionally it is severe and intractable, interfering with sleep and producing recurrent wound breakdown due to scratching. It is important to try not to scratch.

Lukewarm showers, bath oil, colloidal oatmeal products, and moisturisers may help with itching. Sometimes medication such as antihistamines may be needed for persistent disruptive itching.

Blisters and Cysts

Newly healed skin may remain fragile for many months. It may be prone to blistering and require some kind of protective dressing or garment. Occasionally small cysts will form in a healed area. These look similar to pimples, but are not usually infected. Blisters and cysts generally resolve without the need for any treatment. If problems are persistent, they should be further investigated.

The Alfred Hospital gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support and contribution of Skilled Medical in funding this project.  For more information on Skilled Medical, please visit www.skilledmedical.com
Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne