Care of Facial Burns

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Care of Facial Burns

Tasmanian Burns Unit - Patient Information Brochure

Care of Facial Burns

  • Wash your face four times a day using a baby wash or non-perfumed soap.
  • Gently remove any loose skin or crusting with a clean face washer.
  • The shower is ideal for this.
  • If possible, a daily shave is recommended for men to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Use a razor and paraffin ointment or Sorbolene cream.
  • Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply a thin smear of cream to the burn areas as directed by the burn Doctor or Nurse.
  • Reapply cream after cleansing the area or if the skin appears dry

Further Care

(tick where appropriate)

Apply paraffin cream 4 times a day to burns on the face and whenever dry.

Apply Chlorsig ointment 4 times a day to eye area.

Apply Chlorsig ointment 4 times a day to ears.

Apply Chlorsig ointment 4 times a day to nose.

Apply lanolin as required to lips.

Points to remember

  • Pressure on the ears may reduce blood supply and wipe off the cream. This can cause the skin to dry and crack, leading to infection.
  • Facial burns can become swollen. Sleeping in a semi upright position using two to three pillows will help to prevent or reduce any swelling.

Throughout the day you may need to apply extra cream to special areas, for example:

  • Your ears, if the cream dries.
  • Your lips, after eating or drinking.


If your burn becomes more painful or if you are worried about the swelling telephone the Burns Unit (24 hours per day) on 6166 8566 for a review by the nurse.

Once Healed

When the burns have healed the area continues to be very susceptible to sun damage for 12 months. It is important that you protect yourself from the sun at all times. Please wear a hat and 30+ SPF sunscreen when outside.

Moisturise and massage the healed areas 4 times a day with a non perfumed cream such as Sorbolene.


Argyle Street Car Park

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8.00 am – 6.30 pm
Friday 8.00 am – 9.30 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Market Place Car Park

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This information was correct at time of publication. For updated information please refer to Hobart City Council's website 

Street parking

Parking spaces are available outside the RHH in Campbell and Argyle Streets.

Short-term parking

Short term parking for people with disabilities, and/or for patient drop off/pick up is available in the forecourt of the RHH in Liverpool Street and outside the RHH in Argyle and Campbell Streets.

Please note:

The Liverpool Street entrance to the RHH is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week but the Argyle and Campbell Street entrances are closed between the hours of 8.30pm to 6am.

Contact Details

Burns Outpatient Clinic
12th Floor, Wellington Clinics
Argyle Street

Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Telephone:  6166 0098
Fax:  6234 9636

Wednesdays, Weekends, Public Holidays and after hours contact

Tasmanian Burns Unit
Surgical Specialities
5th Floor, A Block
Telephone:  6166 8566 (this service is also available 24hrs/day for advice)
Fax:  6234 9636

Printable PDF Brochure

The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is Tasmania's largest hospital and provides a number of state-wide services that include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, burns, hyperbaric and diving medicine, neonatal and paediatric intensive care and high-risk obstetrics.

It is the major teaching and research hospital for the state and works closely with the University of Tasmania.

Many health care professions are taught within the RHH, and gaining skills in examining and interviewing patients is an important part of their education and training.

We ask for your cooperation and encourage you to participate in our teaching and research activities.

Your permission is required for participation.

The RHH encourages feedback from patients, relatives and visitors.  This feedback enables staff to gain a better understanding of the needs of patients and assists us in continuing to provide the best in patient care.  Contact the Manager, Consumer Liaison Service, telephone 6166 8154.

RHH is a smoke-free site

Date: October 2013