But don't you know that chilies can burn skin? I learned it the first time I tried chopping chilies when I made chili flakes. Washing with soap and water did not even help remove the capsaicin, the substance that comes from chilies.
Here are some of the ways I discovered in relieving chili burns:
- Washing with lemon juice or vinegar. The acid content of lemon juice and vinegar counteracts the effects of capsaicin. Tomato juice works as well.
- Rubbing with oil and washing with soap and water after. Capsaicin is oil-soluble so it's easier to remove with soap and water once it's already mixed in oil.
Of course, prevention is better than cure. So the next time I cut chilies, I knew better. I did not forget to wear plastic gloves!
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