About 40 percent of people who try this experience stinging, burning or skin redness at first, but these effects fade over time with repeated use as capsaicin desensitizes nerves. Capsaicin stimulates the release of a compound that is involved in communicating pain between the nerves in the spinal cord and other parts of the body.
More about Capsaicin
When you apply it to the skin, capsaicin may help relieve pain from:
- Chronic Pain disorders
- Pain after surgery
- Nervous system problems such as diabetic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, and shingles
- Cluster headaches
- Joint problems such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin conditions such as psoriasis
- Muscle sprains, bruising, strains and back aches
Directions for Use
Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply.
Apply a thin layer and massage in completely and allow skin to dry. Capsaicin may stain clothing!
Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying! Take extra care to avoid your eyes or nose.
You may use a rubber glove, finger cot, cotton ball, or clean tissue to apply.
Do not cover treated skin with a bandage or heating pad, which can increase the burning sensation. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin.
Topical capsaicin creams can cause local burning, though the sensation does tend to decrease over time. It can also cause some skin sensitivity, so sunlight exposure should be avoided after application.
Avoid taking a bath or shower within 1 hour before or after you apply capsaicin to your skin. Also avoid swimming or vigorous exercise. Warm water or perspiration can increase the burning sensation caused by capsaicin!
Please research capsaicin before use. Use caution and use at your own risk. The lid will also have a warning posted.
Keep out of reach of children.