Jessica Mae: Melaleuca Oil Skin Burn

Monday, July 29, 2013

Melaleuca Oil Skin Burn

Well...this is a post I have been debating about writing for the past few days. This happened exactly two weeks ago. I got a second degree chemical burn on my face, so I just wanted to go into some detail about what happened. Some of you might know of doTerra oils. They have so many different kinds and I just really love them. I use lavender and lemon on the bottom of my feet every night and I sleep like a baby :) Melaleuca is good for a lot of things, for instance: cleaning, healing, bacteria fighter, and soothes. It has also been said it helps with clearing up skin, such as faces. 

I decided to give it a try. With a lot of these oils it is advised to use a carrier oil to dilute it. I have natural coconut oil that I use with all of my oils. So for your face you are usually suppose to put one drop of melaleuca then mix it with a few drops of coconut oil. This is where my story starts.

Two weeks ago I started breaking out. Time to try the melaleuca on my face. It was late, my parents were in town, and I was trying to hurry and do my nightly face routine. What did I forget? The carrier oil to dilute it. Everything was just fine as first. Then my face started to get extremely itching and it started to look like it was breaking out more. Oh well, went to bed annoyed that I looked like the Rocky Mountains. 

The next morning I woke up with what looked like a rash on my face. I had put the oil everywhere on my face, but for some reason it only affected my forehead, nose, and chin. Later on that afternoon my face was on fire. It was hurting like nothing I have ever felt before. It was still itching like no other. It just got worse from there.

During the week I went through all of the burn phases: Itchiness, inflammation, swelling, puss, skin hardening, and the worst pain I have ever felt. I didn't wear make up and every night I would wash my face with just soap and water. That is the part of my day that I dreaded. In burn units in hospitals, you have to clean up the burn wounds and replace the bandaging a couple times a day. If you talk to a burn patient they will tell you that the pain is excruciating. I feel like that is almost what my pain felt like. I would be in tears as I washed my face. After it would throb so hard and it would puss and puss. 

Here are some pictures over the days where it started out then peaked then started healing. Don't mind how miserable I look. My mom had me send her pictures everyday to keep her updated.

 The first day at work

The second day when it started to go deeper into my skin


The pictures don't really give it justice.This is when I woke up swollen and this is me trying to smile. It hurt to talk and it definitely hurt to try and smile. Unfortunately I had to work all week with this.


It then hardened. It was really hard to eat, talk, or do anything. If I moved it too much it would crack and start bleeding.

You can see where it was cracking

Probably one of the most painful days.

Swollen much?



Started healing. Still hard and began peeling. 

What a huge difference now!


I mostly wrote this post for others who this might happen to. That is how learned how to treat it. My mom did most of the research and came across posts similar to this and what worked for people.

I created a lavender mist. Lavender is used for healing, calming, and helps to prevent scarring and pain. I put a drop of lavender in a small bottle and filled it halfway with water. I would spray it every hour and it would help soothe the pain for a few minutes.

This has definitely been and eye opener. Surprisingly I would hear people talk about it. I heard one girl tell her friend to look at my face. There was lots of staring throughout the week which was hurtful at first. I would catch someone looking and they would quickly look away. It may seem silly, but this has definitely humbled me. 


So that's where I've been the past two weeks. Lesson learned...always follow the instructions.


55 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry you had to go through this! What a painful experience. Thank you so much for being so brave to not only tell us all about it, but share your pictures.

    I hope you reach a full recovery very soon. I'm sure your post will serve to help others who may be in the same situation.

    Julia
    It's Always Ruetten

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    1. Thank you :) I really appreciate it. I figured it would be a good "good to know" thing to tell people :)

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  2. Oh god poor you! That looks so painful :(

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  3. oh you poor girl! you're so sweet to share what you learned! i hope you feel 100% soon! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm pretty much all the way healed now :) Just dry. thank you!

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  4. Oh my gosh! This is one of my big fears with using oils. So scary. I am so forgetful and I am terrified I would not mix it correctly.

    justina @ www.justinawho.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah I definitely learned my lesson with reading instructions. :)

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  5. Oh my goodness! This IS AWFUL! I am SO SORRY that this happened to you!

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    1. Thank you I really appreciate it. I look back at pictures and still can't believe that it happened

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  6. Wow! That is scary... I'm so sorry this happened to you. But it looks like you're healing well. Keep us posted! :)

    xo,

    Ana Paula

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    1. Thanks so much :) It is pretty much healed, just really dry. I appreciate it

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  7. If I were with you when those people were staring & talking, I would have slapped their rude silly faces & glared right back. I gotcho back.

    But in all seriousness, I'm so sorry this happened to you!!! ): This was a really personal post to share & I give you tons of respect!

    See you Saturday!
    xx
    A.

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    1. Haha very good to know :) But thank you girl. I really appreciate it.

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  8. I am sorry to read you had to go through this. Hope you're feeling better now!
    Take care!
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you.

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  9. I am so sorry to see what happened. I do want to thank you for making us aware of this as well. Your post saved a lot of ppl from making the same mistake. thank u again for being so bold and sharing your experience

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  10. wow! that looks like it hurt! thank you so much for sharing your story! new follower!

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    1. I just hope it can help people :) thank you!

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  11. Oh my goodness that looks so painful. I've had little cold sores on my lip that hurt but this is like one big cold sore all over your chin. Glad your on the mend.

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    1. Thank you :) It almost was a huge cold sore, but so much more painful haha. Hope all is well with you!

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  12. okay what in the world I don't know how i missed this post! I use essential oils all the time, but usually on my body- like you said your feet. I CANNOT believe it did this!!!! Way to go on writing a post so informative & being a trooper by still going to work! I love how you still looked beautiful as ever- I would have looked like death! Isn't it crazy we get these "little" humbling experiences?

    I love and miss you! We really do need to get together soon!

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    1. Awww well thank you. Haha no no I definitely looked like death!

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  13. Oh my gosh! Ouch. I am so sorry. I was just putting a bunch of melaleuca on inside my mouth where I had bit my cheek really hard and Im so glad I didnt have anything like that happen. I am definitely going to be careful to not use too much in the future. Thanks for sharing this and im so glad you're all better now!

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    1. Thank you :) Yeah some people can put it straight on, but not me! haha But it definitely taught me to not just put any product on my face

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  14. It happened to me two days ago on my neck...it is red, itches like hell. I'm using the lavender mist right now hope to get better soon, thanks for sharing this.

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    1. That's how mine started out! I really hope yours does not get worse. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me! Thanks!

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  15. I was wondering what brand of oils you are using? Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Kristin! I use doTERRA oils :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  16. Really sorry that happened. It looks like a bad burn. Looks like it killed the acne though!

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  17. Now that you have had this burn reaction, did Melaleuca create a skin rash reaction the next time you used it or are you still able to use the product if diluted? I read once if you have a reaction (burn or allergy) to an essential oil your body may decide to attack it when used again. I'm curious if this happened to you as well……..

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  19. That's how mine started out! I really hope yours does not get worse. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me! Thanks. here to buy pinterest followers

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  20. this is exactly what has happened to me. However my skin only looks like what your skin looked like in the very first photo. im applying vitamin e oil so hopefully it does not get any worse. when i put the teatree oil on it stung so bad but i thought that was a good thing. then in the morning it was red but not too bad. so guess what i did- repeated the process the next night. the skin on my chin is red and rough, not scabby yet but so very itchy. i hope it goes away

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  21. I know this is an old blog post, but came across it a few days ago after suffering from a bad rash that turned into impetigo. I'm not sure if your rash turned into impetigo, but it looks very similar. The melauluca did work to cure a pimple or two, but the affects of its strength are not worth it. After a topical antibiotic and time, the affects are now starting to heal.

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