Speaking to some guys recently we got to talking about scars from burns while performing so here a little article on the subject which may come in handy, obviously you know the best prevention is not getting burned, fire performing is a highly dangerous activity and should not really be performed by amateurs, but sh*t Happens.
So here’s what we recommend if you do get burned follow the steps below.
Clean the burn if it needs it with cold water and as quickly as possible apply any type of burn pads such as 2nd skin pads. you should keep skin pads and Cobain handy whenever possible to cover burns if they happen.
Leave the pad on for at least 24 hours. what ever you do, do NOT pop any blisters that might have formed — the 2nd skin will normally bring any blisters down without needing to pop the skin.
After that remove it and use a new application of 2nd skin depending on how bad the wound is for another 24 hours. Please note, give your wound some time to breathe before putting on the second layer, I’ve even heard story’s where this has worked for 3rd degree burns. just repeat the process for a few days!
Ice is always a good idea, but is more than often highly impractical if you actually burn your hand and want to continue using the hand to spin some more fire – you’re not always somewhere where you can easily access ice ( fire dancing on the beach or while camping) so products like 2nd skin provide a solution regardless of climate and other available resources.
When you have finished using the pads spray on some topical neosporan with lidocaine — this is only necessary if you are still in pain which means you’ll likely want it for 2nd and 3rd degree burns and are less likely for first degree burns.
When the pain is gone or when the skin is in the healing phase and no longer wet, begin applying vitamin e. I highly recommend you skip the oils you get in a bottle and go straight to the big number IU capsules and pop the capsule with a pin. Squeeze the capsule directly on to the burn using vitamin e gel inside the capsule and spread that modestly at least 3x a day as it’s healing for 5-6 days.
I’ve also heard using lavender oil & aloe works just as well, although I’ve never actually had the chance to use them because just like ice they are not always available and the 2nd skin / neosporan / vitamin e combo described above has always been so effective with myself and the people I’ve spoken to.
I have a few battle scars on my body like most people but not one from a burn, so this does normally work – for any large or really bad burns always go straight to A&E, anyways i hope you never have to use this but it’s always handy to know!
Remember practice makes perfect so make sure you know what you’re doing before flaming up, and when you do it’s always advised to wear some type of flame proof clothing if available…