Small superficial partial thickness burns on the face may be managed on an outpatient basis. Patients with more extensive facial burns are often appropriately admitted for pain relief and initial wound care. Superficial partial thickness burns will take about 7 to 10 days for healing to occur. These facial burns are best managed using an open method without dressings. Using a clean flannel may assist with removal of debris and residual creams. This may be as often as two hourly: washing frequency can decrease as exudate decreases.
Caring for minor facial burn
Acid and chemical burns - NHS
Burns can occur when a harmful chemical, such as a cleaning product or an acid, splashes onto the skin. The amount of damage to the skin depends on how strong the chemical was, how much of it was on the skin, and how long it was there. Chemical burns, even minor ones, can be very painful. A minor burn may heal within a few days. But a more serious burn may take weeks or even months to heal completely. When the skin is damaged by a burn, it may become infected.
Chemical Burns: Care Instructions
Burns to the face affect a part of the body that cannot be hidden and thus exposes potentially major changes in appearance to society. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the caregiver to optimize healing and minimize scarring. For full-thickness burns there needs to be strategies to optimize the outcomes for skin grafting and minimize scarring.
Back to Health A to Z. Burns caused by acid, alkaline or caustic chemicals can be very damaging and need immediate medical attention. Stay on the phone until the ambulance arrives and follow any other advice given by the call handler to avoid further injury. Minor burns affecting the outer layer of skin and some of the underlying layer of tissue normally heal with good ongoing burn care, leaving minimal scarring. If the burn is severe, you may be referred to a specialist burns unit, which may be in a different hospital.