Thermal damage to the skin that just breaches the dermis but leaves many islands of basal epithelial cells intact is named a partial thickness burn. Due to the multitude of these islands, re-epithelialisation occurs within 7-14 days and the largely intact dermis means the scar is of good quality. This is the natural history of a truly superficial partial thickness burn.
Burns destroy skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids and protects us from infection. While minor burns on fingers and hands are usually not dangerous, burns injuring even relatively small areas of skin can cause serious complications.
A study by Emma Gee Kee et al, Randomised controlled trial of three burns dressings for partial thickness burns in children published in Burns (2015), compared the effects of three silver dressing combinations on small to medium size acute partial thickness burns in children, focusing on reepithelialisation time, pain and distress during dressing changes.