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June 20, 2014

How Do You Stop the Chili Pepper Burn?

Help! My chili peppers have burned my tongue! or Help! My chili peppers have burned my skin!

Answer: Here's how you beat the chili pepper heat...

How do you stop the burning after eating chili peppers?

Because of the innate hotness of all chili peppers, they can burn not only the inside of your mouth, but your skin as well. If you find that you simply can't bear the heat after eating a chile pepper, try to consume a dairy product, like milk, yogurt, or ice cream. Dairy products contain a chemical called caisen that combats the effects of chile peppers' capsicum by stripping it from its receptor site on the skin. I've also tried sugar and that seems to work in a pinch.

Burning Skin

Try rubbing alcohol first to remove the burning oil. Then, soak the skin in milk or another dairy product. Only use water or saline for your eyes, however, and please remember that the best way to combat the chile pepper heat is to use rubber gloves when handling peppers.

Also, this was suggested by a poison control center for those times you do not have a dairy product on hand: Wash the skin with warm, soapy water. Rub the skin with vegetable or olive oil and let set a minute. Rinse.

Hopefully this helps you find some relief with your burning skin.


  • Comment Link Nutan Jha October 29, 2015 posted by Nutan Jha

    Accidentally, the chili pepper flakes fell on the burning stove and I was coughing badly. It was terrible. I ran fan and opened window and drank water. Anybody knows any remedy just in case it happens again??

    REPLY: This has been known to happen. Chili pepper fumes can get very strong. It is best to cook with an oven or stove fan on, or try to keep good ventilation in the house. Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link firehousechilli May 25, 2015 posted by firehousechilli

    yoghurt helps

  • Comment Link Mike H. January 14, 2015 posted by Mike H.

    cdFidler, with chili, the best way to tame the heat is to serve it with a dairy product, like sour cream. If you feel that will affect the flavor too much, then try diluting the heat by adding in more of the chili ingredients. You'll wind up with a bigger pot of chili, but the heat will be more dispersed.

  • Comment Link cdFidler January 13, 2015 posted by cdFidler

    Is there a way to chill out the chili dish for dinner?

  • Comment Link Anne December 28, 2014 posted by Anne

    I tried milk etc but the best solution was hand sanitiser. The alcohol in this probably helped! I didn't car what helped just that it did!!!

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