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20 June 2014

Help! My chili peppers have burned my tongue! or Help! My chili peppers have burned my skin! How do you stop the chili pepper burn?

Answer: Here’s how some ways you can beat the chili pepper heat…

How do you stop the burning after eating chili peppers?

Eat Dairy

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.

A scoop of ice cream to help stop the chili pepper burn

Dairy products contain a chemical called casein that combats the effects of chile peppers’ capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) by stripping it from its receptor site on the skin.

Sugar

I’ve also tried sugar and that seems to work in a pinch. Sugar can help absorb some of the hot chili oil and can reduce the burn.

sugar to help stop the chili pepper burn

Burning Skin (aka Hot Pepper Hands) – How to treat burning skin from chili peppers

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.

Please keep the methods in mind these methods for stopping the chili pepper burn on your skin

Rubbing Alcohol

The oil that makes chili peppers hot, capsaicin, is more soluble in alcohol, so a quick rub down with rubbing alcohol (or even a high proof booze) can help wipe it from your skin.

Use Dairy

As mentioned above, dairy products contain the chemical “casein” that combats the effects the capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) by stripping it from its receptor site on the skin.

Consider using milk, yogurt, sour cream or crema, or even ice cream to soak the burning skin.

sour cream cream to help stop the chili pepper burn

Oils

Oils can be effective in helping to dissolve the burning chili oils. Dab some olive oil or any other vegetable oil onto your burning skin with cotton balls or a napkin. Soak or wipe the skin.

Dish Soap and Water

Dish soaps are meant to help clean oily plates, so they may be effective in washing away the chili oil from your burning skin.

Washing your hands with soapy water to help stop the chili pepper burn

Weak Bleach Solution

This is according to Alton Brown of “Good Eats”. He says to douse your already burning hands in a mild solution of 5 to 1 water to bleach. The bleach helps wash away the capsaicin that hasn’t yet absorbed into your skin.

Baking Soda or Corn Starch Paste

Starches can help draw out the oil from your burning skin so you can wash it away and possibly neutralize it.

Baking soda to help stop the chili pepper burn

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

 

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