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After surgery, you may have bandages and sticky residue that seems impossible to remove. Removing adhesive residue and iodine from your skin can be a challenge with just soap and water, so you may need other products. Fortunately, you can remove these surgery remnants carefully with minimal pain and effort with just a few simple steps and supplies. Once removed, your skin will look normal and feel smooth once again.

Remove Adhesive From Your Skin

Wash your hands carefully with antibacterial soap. This will prevent spreading germs and infecting the wound with bacteria. If there's still residue from the bandage on your skin, carefully pull your skin away from the bandage to minimize 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 getting 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.

Remove Iodine From Your Skin

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, removing the iodine from your skin.

Dry the area with a clean towel.


Only use chemicals that are actual skin-care products. Common adhesive removers can irritate the skin and cause more damage to the wound.

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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.