How to Remove Habanero Pepper From Skin

By Fred Wood

If habanero peppers get on your skin, they can burn your skin and cause pain. These peppers burn your skin because they contain an irritant called capsaicin. To avoid getting habanero peppers on your skin, you should handle them with gloves. If they do get on your skin, you must remove the pepper oil from your skin as soon as possible; otherwise, the burning sensation can last for hours.

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Olive oil can help relieve the burn from peppers.

Step 1

Take the pepper off your skin using gloved hands.

Step 2

Wash the skin with a warm water and soap mixture. Repeat this at least twice. Don't rub your skin very hard. You don't want to irritate an already sensitive area.

Step 3

Rub vegetable or olive oil on your skin and let it set for about a minute. Rinse it off.

Step 4

Apply rubbing alcohol to the area with a cotton ball or cotton pad.

Step 5

Rinse with water or a saline mist if habanero gets in your eye. Do not put oil or rubbing alcohol in your eyes. The habanero pepper oil should be completely off your skin before you touch your eyes.