How to remove super glue from skin

Whether you're fixing something or doing arts & crafts you can end up in a sticky mess! These simple tips will help you easily remove super glue from skin.

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how to remove super glue from skin

A bit of DIY; a craft project; introducing your kids to model aeroplanes. All seem like great ideas at the time, but become much less fun if (or when) you end up dripping super glue onto your skin. Actually, gluing your fingers together with this particular adhesive need not ruin the day – these tips on removing super glue from skin may well solve your problem!

It is always useful to own some specialist super glue remover, readily available in many stores. Check the instructions to be sure that they are suitable for use on skin as well as other surfaces. However, the tips below are a handy and easy alternative. You can also check out this handy article on how to remove glue from clothes, in case any super glue has found its way on to your clothes as well!

If your fingers are stuck together, never try to pull them apart, as this can rip the skin and cause serious damage. Rather, rub the fingers (or finger and thumb) against each other gently until they come apart of their own accord.

How to Remove Super Glue from Skin

When using any cleaning product on your skin, it’s important to be wary of potential reactions. Check product labels for instructions and safety guidelines, spot-test a tiny amount on your skin before you start, and wash your skin immediately with cool water once the glue removal process is over.

Do not use any cleaning products on broken or damaged skin, and seek medical attention immediately in the event of an adverse reaction.

  • If you do get super glue on your skin, the first thing to do is to soak the affected area in warm soapy water. If you act quickly, this may well be all that is needed in order to loosen the glue. Some vinegar can be added to the soapy water, for its acidic properties to work against the agents of the glue.
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  • If the glue remains, try using acetone-based nail polish remover (the remover must contain acetone in order to be effective). Do not apply the acetone using any cotton-based material, like a cotton ball or cotton pad. Dab the acetone gently into the glue until it is loosened and comes off.
  • If a small amount remains, gently use an emery board as a file to remove super glue from your skin. This is of course a tricky task, which needs to be done carefully to avoid damaging the skin. It may be easier for someone else to do this for you.
  • A milder alternative, if you have sensitive skin and are concerned about the effects of the acetone, is to use margarine. Gently rub the margarine into the affected area until the glue comes away.
  • Another alternative (although less advisable if you have any cuts or damaged skin close by) is to add salt to a small amount of water to make a paste, and apply it to the affected area. Rub it in, rinse it away, and repeat the process if the glue lingers. If the glue is sticking two fingers together, rub the paste between the fingers until they gently come apart.
  • If the glue is proving stubborn, try the method above using lemon juice rather than water, so that the acidic agents work on the glue at the same time as the abrasive properties of the salt. Again, this method isn’t advisable if you have any cuts or damaged skin close by.

By following the tips above, you should be back to normal and free to continue your DIY activity!

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