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A 36-year-old male asked:

Small bits of grease landed on my forearm when i put food in the hot frying pan. there is a red/pink mark, is this kind of spot burn reversible?

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Dr. Anne Eglash
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Treat like a burn: Oil burns don't always cause a scar. The risk of scarring depends on your skin type and the depth of the burn. Burns are best treated by keeping them moist and covered until healed. Wash the burn areas twice a day in soapy water, then rinse and pat dry. Cover with an antibiotic ointment, then a nonstick pad, and gauze around the arm to keep the dressing in place. They usually heal in 2 weeks.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Scar healing: Dark or red spots after injury including burns is part of the healing process and should resolve on their own with time. Moisturizing, sunscreen and not scratching are the best ways to help color improve more rapidly. Bleaching creams may result in unwanted discoloration and should not be used on a burn.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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