Application of baby oil or nail polish remover can reduce the stickiness and help separate the bandage from the skin easily. This WellnessKeen post elaborates more on how to remove liquid bandage from the skin
Did You Know?
The liquid bandage sloughs off automatically within a week or two, after applying it on the wound.
With the advent of liquid bandages, caring for minor wounds has become much easier. In fact, the use of conventional sticky bandages has become passe, thanks to the increasing popularity of liquid bandages. These new bandages act like antiseptics and help protect the wound from infections.
The liquid bandage is formulated in such a way that it falls off naturally when the wound has healed completely. However, in case you feel the need to remove the bandage before it loses its stickiness and comes off naturally, here’s what you can do to separate the bandage from your skin painlessly.
Ways to Remove Liquid Bandage
Removing the bandage manually by simply pulling it off can be slightly painful. However, as the wound slowly heals, the bandage begins to wear off. During this time, gently try to remove the bandage by pulling its peripheral edges. If it is not painful, continue to pull its edges, until it is finally removed.
Removal, firstly, requires softening the liquid bandage. This can be easily achieved by placing another coat of liquid bandage over the existing one. After it is done, immediately with a soft cloth, rub it off to remove the bandage. Do not wait too long after application, else the secondary coat will become hard, making it more difficult to remove the two layers of liquid bandage.
A nail polish remover can easily dissolve liquid bandage, which can help in its removal. Using a cotton swab or a cotton ball, place a small quantity of nail polish remover on the bandage. Acetone, the main component of nail polish remover, weakens the adhesive bonding of liquid bandage. After application, gently rub the area to remove the bandage. However, this method can cause slight irritation when the wound that has not healed, comes in contact with the acetone-containing solution.
Di-methyl sulfoxide (DMSO), available in spray bottles, also contains acetone. So application of DMSO can also help in dissolving the bandage.
Soaking the liquid bandage in baby oil is one of the easiest methods to remove it. Using a cotton ball, generously apply baby oil on the bandage. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse the affected site with warm water and soap. You may have to repeat this a couple of times until the bandage softens. Instead of baby oil, you can use mineral oil to coat the bandage too.
Apply a BAND-AID soaked in overly salted water on the liquid bandage. Wait for some time and during this period, add water to the bandage as soon it becomes dry. The salt water will help to weaken the adhesion of the liquid bandage.
Removing Liquid Bandage from Fabric
When applying the bandage on the wound, we may drop some of it on our clothes. Washing the affected portion of the cloth with soap and water often does not work in removing the stains. You need to use an acetone nail polish remover to get rid of the stains. However, if the component of the fabric is acetate, triacetate, or modacrylic, avoid using this remedy, as it can dissolve these types of fabrics.
This remedy is effective for clothes made of silk, cotton, denim, and linen. In case, you do not know the material used for making the fabric, firstly just dab it on the less visible part of the clothing and check whether there is any damage to the fabric. If damage is not visible, you can apply it and when you notice that the layer of bandage has weakened, use a cotton towel to wipe it off.