As most of you know, I love to work with hot peppers. I especially like ghost and scorpion peppers. There is just something about working with these peppers that help my creative brain go into overdrive to come up with something new. However, if the hot pepper oils and capsaicin get on your skin, it is pain city!
I put gloves on before cutting into the pepper. However, sometimes pieces fall on the counter and when I’m cleaning up afterwards, I pick them up with my bare hand. Not a smart move on my part, because now my hand is burning as I try remove oils and capsaicin from my skin.
Some will say soap and water help. I never have found it to be helpful, especially with ghost and scorpion peppers.
Yogurt and milk have been used, but, for me, I don’t think it’s effective.
I have two methods. One is quicker than the other, but one is more natural.
I know that some will not like what I do, but it is a quick and effective way to get the oil off of your skin. And when you are yelping in pain, quicker always seem better. I use Clorox wipes. I know they are full of chemicals and this is why it is only if I get oil and capsaicin on my skin. It’s not like I’m always using Clorox wipes to wipe my skin of everything. But these wipes, with their chemicals, will effectively wipe away the capsaicin. Then immediately wash your skin with soap and water to get the chemicals off. The chemical component does not stay on for a long period of time. Just wipe and then wash.
If you don’t want to use Clorox wipes, I have another recommendation that is more natural. Mix 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice, baking soda, and water. Make a paste, apply it to your skin, wait a few minutes, and wash it off.
Do not use these methods if it gets in your eyes or sensitive areas. You could cause damage.
Until next time, happy creating.