How to Remove Super Glue or RapidFix Adhesives From Skin!

Monday, February 22, 2021
How To Remove Super Glue And RapidFix From Skin

Your fingers are stuck together, but do not panic!  
Super glue or adhesive stuck on your skin is almost impossible to avoid, but there are several simple tricks to get it off.  It is important to know that most glues/adhesives including RapidFix® Instant Adhesive are non-toxic and will not damage your skin except for extreme cases.

The Waiting Method
Skin on the human body is consistently producing oils, shedding, and being replaced.  This means that the glue will start peeling all on its own over time.  It should come off in small pieces eventually, but if you bonded skin to skin, you probably need a faster method.  It may take several hours to see any progress, but just keep in mind that no matter what method you use, the glue should begin to come loose eventually.

Nail Polish Remover/Acetone
Acetone is a solvent in several super glues and will cause adhesives to become softer and start dissolving.  Most importantly, you need to use caution with acetone and do not use it anywhere near your eyes, nose, or mouth.  You can use either acetone or a nail polish remover that contains acetone.  Depending on which part of the skin it is stuck to, you can either dip it in a small bowl of acetone for around a minute or you can use cotton swabs to gently rub it on the skin.
Make sure you wash off the acetone with soap and water after you or finished because it can be damaging to the skin if left exposed for a long period of time.  If you have any injuries or cracked skin, do NOT use acetone to remove the super glue.  The next method may be what you need.

Soaking in Warm Water with Soap
Try filling a bowl with warm soapy water and soak your skin for a short period of time.  Gently rub the affected area and you should be able to peel off pieces of the glue.  It may leave behind some small remnants, but they will also peel off eventually.

Glue Remover Products
These are products such as Goo Gone.  There are several removers that are safe for the skin and should allow you to easily rub off the glue or adhesive in a short period of time.  Before purchasing or using, just make sure that the product is safe on skin and that it is made to use on the type of glue or adhesive stuck to your skin.

Rub Adhesive with Oils
Different oils such as coconut and avocado oil can dissolve super glue.  If you rub oils together with warm water over the dried super glue, this can help get you of your sticky situation.

Conclusion
Super glue and RapidFix adhesives can lead to a lot of messy situations, but these can be easily fixed with some of the tips listed above.  The fastest way to do so from the list above is to use acetone or an acetone-based nail polish because the acetone reacts quickest with dried super glue, but not everyone has this on hand (No pun intended).  If you want a safer way or do not have acetone readily available, any of the other methods should get the job done as well!
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