If you like to adhere your lace wig with glue or tape, you may experience hairline burns, irritation and discomfort. The fact of the matter is that many of the products that are used in adhesives are not meant to put on the skin. This is why many adhesive wearers suffer from burns, discomfort and discoloration on the hairline. Even if the agents are labeled as safe, this still does not warrant against any adverse reactions to adhesive products. In fact, until you have found the perfect adhesive combination that protects the skin around your hairline and provides a secure hold, you are forever putting yourself at risk for burns and irritation. In this case, there is help to heal the negative effects of lace wig adhesives.
If you notice darker areas of skin where you normally apply your lace wigs and have yet to encounter any torn skin or scarred tissue, then you are in luck. The first thing to do is to refrain from wearing any more adhesives for a while. This may mean refraining for a few weeks or up to a few months. The amount of time needed to reform the skin depends on a number of factors, however, only you are able to determine a proper time frame for this process. Regardless of the amount of time you choose, you must stop wearing all adhesives immediately. This also includes tapes as well as glue adhesives. During this time, you may want to refrain from wearing full lace wigs altogether or you can opt for alternative application methods including pinning the lace wig, applying wig combs and bands or a combination of several methods at once. This time is needed to allow the affected area to rest. Without rest, the skin will never be able to heal properly. [pullquote_right]Even if the agents are labeled as safe, this still does not warrant against any adverse reactions to adhesive products.[/pullquote_right]
Now that you are taking time from adhesives for healing, you need to address any scarring, tissue tears, and burns. In the case of scarring, no further action is needed. Only remember to keep the area clean, dry and free of debris. You can clean the area with a simple solution of peroxide and water applied with a cotton ball or Q-tip. If you have broken skin combined with irritation, you need to follow the same protocol for scarred skin; keep the skin clean, dry and free of debris. You can do this with the same water and peroxide solution. Burns are another issue. Burns due to wearing adhesives are somewhat similar in chemical perms from relaxers. They too should be treated with the same premise of applying ointment to the affected area. The most suitable type of ointment available for minor cuts and burns is aloe vera gel or aloe very juice. Aloe vera has soothing properties that encourage burn healing while concurrently soothing irritation. Another suitable type of ointment is zinc-oxide ointment. Zinc-Oxide is the active ingredient in many diaper rash products. If you are not able to find a solid zinc oxide product in your area, any diaper rash product with zinc oxide as an active ingredient will do. If your burns are more severe, Silvadene is also an option. If you opt for aloe vera gel or zinc oxide ointment, gently clean the affected area with a water and hydrogen peroxide solution. Once the area is dry, apply a light layer of zinc oxide or aloe vera gel until the product is absorbed into the skin. Silvadene is also applied in the same manner. Apply ointments several times per day. Do not proceed to the next step until the skin mended or a new layer of skin has formed over the affected area.
Once the burned skin, broken skin and irritation are resolved, you can begin to treat the remnants of the scarring and irritation. Usually, burns, rashes, irritation and broken skin leave discoloration around the affected area. There is a plethora of fading products available, however, the most natural products is an ideal place to start. The goal here is to remove discoloration without more irritation. The last thing you want is to repeatedly irritate the skin with chemicals. Refrain from using products that have any hydroquinone or any harsh agents like alcohol. Start with natural African black soap or Likas Papaya soap and follow up with raw shea butter. Use this regimen at least twice per day and continue the routine until the affected area is free of discoloration. Please note that burn marks and hairline discoloration take a lot of time and effort to heal. Remain steadfast in your routine and pay careful attention to your hairline when opting to wearing full lace wigs during your hairline remediation efforts.