Skin Burns - Facts and Information
There are three layers of skin. The outermost layer is called the Epidermis. The next layer is the dermis which consists of collagen, elastin fibers, small blood vessels and nerves. The innermost layer is the subcutaneous tissue where there are larger nerves and blood vessels. Scarring is nature's methods of healing damage done to the skin's tissues. Damage done by skin burns depends on the location, depth and how much of the body's surface was damaged. The depth of the skin burn is what is used in order to classify the type of burn.
Types of Skin Burns
A first degree burn can be called a superficial burn. It causes inflammation of the skin. One of the most common examples is a sunburn. First degree burns cause inflammation, pain, redness, and swelling. The skin hurts and may be tender.
A second degree burn is deeper and affects both the epidermis and dermis layers of skin. On top of pain, redness and inflammation, second degree burns also cause blistering.
A third degree burn affects all layers of the skin, effectively killing that area of the skin. Third degree burns kill nerves and damage blood vessels leaving the skin looking white and leathery. The damage to nerves makes this type of burn relatively painless. Burns have the ability to mature, or in other words damage deeper layers of tissue after a period of time. For example, you may have had a sunburn that did not blister until the next day. Likewise, a second degree burn can mature into a third degree burn.
The outermost layer, the epidermis, is the only one able to regenerate itself. Skin burns that are more sever and damage deeper layers of skin can cause scarring and other permanent affects.
We know the sun can cause a very common type of burn, but what are the other causes? Other skin burns causes include electrical burns, chemical burns and heat burns.
Electrical burns are unique in that their damage may not be apparent. Electricity can flow through the tissues and can damage nerves and muscles within.
Chemical burns occur when chemicals are spilled onto the body which causes a reaction and creates heat. These types of burns are classified by their pH or acidity.
Heat burns commonly occur with kitchen and beauty appliances. Fire is another common culprit of heat burns. These burns depend on the skin's exposure to the heat and the length of time it was exposed. The longer the exposure, the deeper the damage.
If you find yourself a victim of a skin burn it is important to get treatment. Therapies come in all sorts, from sun burn treatment to skin grafts, that can help minimize skin burns and consequent scarring. The type, location and severity of your scarring will affect the type of scar therapy you choose to use. Therapies include topical solutions, surgical procedures, and there are also alternative options in natural skin care.
Biocutis has created a natural option for skin burn treatment that can help avoid more aggressive therapies such as skin graphs and dermabrasion. Bioskincare cream is a burn scar removal that naturally dissolves damaged tissue and regenerates new healthy skin cells. This biological Bioskincare formula can rid you of damaged tissue, rejuvenate your skin and leave you with a smooth complexion.
Published July 22nd, 2009
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