Although a weak acid, Hydrogen peroxide will turn your fingers white if it is in its high form (28%-40%).
The white patches on your fingers or skin are basically chemical burns and it does feel like fire ants are biting you. If you’re handling this chemical, I do recommend using disposable gloves to prevent exposure. Otherwise, dilute the peroxide 1:1 with water. That will also help you avoid any more tissue damage in the wound.
Why did Hydrogen Peroxide Turn My Fingers White?
40% concentrate of Hydrogen Peroxide will turn your fingers white if they land on them. It hurts like many fire ants biting you at the same time.
To remedy peroxide on skin or finger, soak the area in water for 10 minutes.
How to Stop Hydrogen Peroxide Sting
Has it spilled on any part of your body? Do the following first-aid:
- Get a bowl or bucket of water
- Soak the affected area in water for 10 minutes.
The white reaction you see is just micro bubbled of oxygen as the peroxide reacts with the catalase in the skin.
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Other Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide
Being an oxidizing agent means Hydrogen Peroxide can be used for:
- Teeth whitening
- Hair lightening
- Nail brightening
- Antiseptic and treatment and removal of acne scars, discoloration, spots, and skin blemishes.
Why Does Hydrogen Peroxide Turn Skin White?
Your skin appear light or fair because Hydrogen prevents blood from flowing to the capillaries at the affected area for some time. This is also known as capillary embolism.
Perhaps this is what fascinated many people to think of lightening the skin using it. However, it is almost impossible to maintain permanent skin whitening using hydrogen peroxide.
Mild concentrations of this chemical on skin can trigger irritation while heavy concentrations of 10 percent or highly is considered super corrosive to the skin, which can lead to strong irritation and thermal-type burns.