How to Remove Skin Glue

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How to Remove Skin Glue
You can try to remove skin glue with items you may have in your home already. (skin image by Robert Kelly from

Skin glue is a healing tool that can be used to close wounds. It forms a waterproof seal across the wounded area and helps prevent infection while the skin is able to heal. Skin glue is less painful to apply than stitches and dissolves into the skin naturally. If you make a mistake while applying skin glue and need to remove it, you can follow a few simple techniques to easily take it off.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton swab
  • Acetone
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Bandage
  • First-aid cream

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  1. 1

    Soak the area with the skin glue in warm soapy water until the glue becomes softened. This will help make the glue easier to remove.

  2. 2

    Pour acetone onto a cotton swab. Gently rub the skin glue with the saturated cotton swab. Continue to rub the area until the glue peels away. The acetone will quickly and easily dissolve the bond without damaging the skin.

  3. 3

    Wash the area with soap and water and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of first-aid cream and a bandage to the area for one day.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not remove skin glue from an area that was recently operated on or injured. If you want to remove skin glue that was applied by a doctor, be sure to contact your doctor before trying any of these methods.
  • Do not attempt to rip the glue off or you could tear your skin and bleed.
  • Do not try these methods on sensitive skin or on sensitive areas of the body.

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