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June 20, 2014

How Do You Stop the Chili Pepper Burn?

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 SYEDA HUMA HASHIM September 25, 2017 posted by SYEDA HUMA HASHIM

    I Wanted to serve my neighbours 'shami kabab' . I choped green chilli in very small size , Unfortunately I couldn't wash hands even a hour ... Then u can't imagine what happened ? the intense burning sensation ... no words no words to say..... I used every thing for it milk, polyfax ointment, vinegar,milk ,mustard oils but failed... I feel that no remedy can work faster ... TAKE TIME EVEN 7 HOURS HAHAHA... IN LAST I APPLY SHAMPOO ON MY HANDS .... I FEEL THAT MY ALL SKIN CELLS ABSORBED BADLY.... NOW EVEN I AM IN INTENSE PAIN.....

    REPLY: Syeda, I'm so sorry to hear! I know, sometimes the burning on your hands can feel quite intense. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link John September 09, 2017 posted by John

    Chili Sensi:. You have truly thought of everything from how to enjoy to how to deal with them when not handling them properly. I always use gloves now when handling multiple peppers. Thanks!

  • Comment Link KRose July 08, 2017 posted by KRose

    Plain fat-free Greek yogurt just saved my life!

  • Comment Link anomynous July 06, 2017 posted by anomynous

    i tried milk but it only worked for a minute. then i tied an ice cube onto my burned finger with a cotton clothe. It really works and the burning disappeared immediately! but you have to keep ice cube facing the sting area all the time and change the ice cube when the former melts.

  • Comment Link Daniel May 31, 2017 posted by Daniel

    A great tip I learned about combating the heat on its way out the next day is to drink a large glass of water immediately after the burning sensation in your mouth goes away. It helps things flush out w/less pain.

  • Comment Link Ling April 01, 2017 posted by Ling

    I tried milk, cooking oil, soak, vinegar... all failed! But finally i did it!! very easy, just go wash your hair with hair shampoo, use your burn fingers to rub shampoo on hair with soft.

  • Comment Link jiro March 28, 2017 posted by jiro

    I tried using lotion, but it only worked for about a minute. My best solution was actually moisturizing hair conditioner, and it really dulled and erased the pain.

  • Comment Link Rose March 10, 2017 posted by Rose

    Rub generously with lotion (i used jergens), then rinse off with soap and water. Repeat if it still burns a little.

  • Comment Link Logan H. February 08, 2017 posted by Logan H.

    how can salt help with a chilly pepper burn?

    REPLY: Logan, salt can help to soak up the oils that cause the burn. It is one reported method that has worked for some people. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Jenn January 18, 2017 posted by Jenn

    O..I just did this yesterday! I was prepping peppers for dehydration and did not even think about gloves..
    about an hour after I was done, the burning began...both hands on fire! to the point of feeling of skin melting
    when touching anything.

    I tried washing them repeatedly with dawn, and then with hand soap containing sanitizer. That did not help at all
    I then googled and was told to rub hands with a household cleaner that contains bleach. At that point I didnt have
    anything else to lose (except what sanity I was holding onto) so - I did this! and yes, the burning went away and I
    was happy happy happy! Until about an hour after..the burning was starting to return. By the middle of the night -

    Oo! I do not know how the hell I made it through the night! I did at one point apply burn ointment - but then the brain
    kicked in and said "oh, yeah, good idea genius- until you have to touch something,,,, like maybe your...EYEBALLS! LOL
    so I washed that off lol....

    Sometime between the praying and the did quit LOLLLLLLL
    so...please please please...wear the freakin gloves!!

  • Comment Link Susanna September 04, 2016 posted by Susanna

    My son ate a chilli as a prank and now it's come back to bite him . He's been throwing up all night & now has diarrhoea. I made him drink milk & yogurt afterwards but it's made no difference.
    Do you have any remedies you can recommend or just let nature (& eisdin) take its course?

    REPLY: Susanna, I'm sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, I don't know of any particular remedy for this. My guess is that Nature must run it's course. Dairy usually helps quell the burn, but perhaps additional stomach aids? Happy to hear any advice from others here. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Kate August 31, 2016 posted by Kate

    I only cook them on my grill side burner way I'm going to be coughing all night in my house if I let those things inside.

    REPLY: The fumes can get you! That's for sure. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

  • Comment Link Walt McCoy April 28, 2016 posted by Walt McCoy

    If your chili or hot sauce turns out too hot, grind up a carrot and pour that in. It works. Also, Carnation malted milk cuts the hot, and also adds an interesting flavor

  • 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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