How to Remove Adhesive & Iodine From Skin After Surgery

After surgery, you may have bandages and sticky residue that seems impossible to remove. Removing adhesive residue and iodine from your skin can often become a challenge with just soap and water, and will require the aid of other products. Fortunately, you can remove these surgery remnants carefully with minimal pain and effort with just a few simple steps and ingredients. Once you remove these nuisances, your skin will look normal and feel smooth once again.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. This will prevent spreading germs and bacteria into the wound. If the bandage still resides on your skin, carefully pull your skin away from the bandage to minimise pain. Press down on the skin and pull the bandage off.

Soak a cotton ball in baby oil.

Rub the cotton ball on the adhesive tape to remove the residue, but avoid putting the baby oil directly on the wound.

Use a fragrance-free soap to wash the area. Clean the wound with antibacterial soap, and pat it dry with a clean towel.

Use soap and water to remove the iodine. This will gradually remove it from your skin. If you need to speed up the process, use rubbing alcohol.

Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol

Rub the iodine stain with the soaked cotton ball.

Avoid rubbing the alcohol directly on the wound. Continue to rub the area with the alcohol to lift the iodine off your skin.

Dry the area off with a clean towel.


Do not use chemicals that irritate the skin to remove adhesive residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Cotton balls
  • Baby oil
  • Fragrance-free soap
  • Clean towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
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