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When working with hot chile peppers use caution not to place hands or fingers around the eyes, mouth or other areas of the body that may be painfully affected by the capsaicin substance contained within the chiles that easily rubs off onto the hands. To assist in removing any remaining capsaicin from your hands, use dairy products such as yogurt or ice cream, rubbing the product over the areas affected. Also, another alternative is to use a combination of cooking oil, such as vegetable or olive oil, and dish detergent to create a wash that will reduce the effects of the capsaicin residue.
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