When you’re in the throes of a DIY household project or crafting your latest creation, you might focus on the project and not on your skin. However, when you’re using Gorilla Glue, a super adhesive bonding agent, you have to protect your skin from irritation, sticky fingers and — worst case scenario — having your fingers bonded together. When Gorilla Glue hits your skin, act quickly to minimize its effects.
Step 1: Soak Up the Glue.
Use a dry washcloth or paper towel to wipe away any Gorilla Glue that is still wet or tacky. If the Gorilla Glue has already dried on your skin, skip this step — you have nothing to soak up in this case.
Step 2: Rinse Your Hands.
Thoroughly wash your hands in soap and cold water to rinse away any Gorilla Glue residue. Continue washing until you can feel the tackiness of the glue subside and see any skin staining dissipate.
Step 3: Exfoliate the Skin.
Use a gentle exfoliator to scrub away any remaining Gorilla Glue. If you don’t have an exfoliator in your medicine cabinet, head to the kitchen. Combine coarse sugar or sea salt with olive or coconut oil to create a paste. Work this homemade exfoliator into your affected skin to erase the Gorilla Glue for good.
Step 4: Separate Sticky Skin.
Gently pull apart skin that’s stuck together once the soap, water and exfoliator combination naturally loosens it. Never pull skin apart — keep washing and scrubbing until it loosens on its own.
If the soap-and-water combination isn’t ungluing your skin, try soaking it in some acetone-based nail polish remover. This potent formula can help break up the Gorilla Glue.
Step 5: Moisturize the Area.
Give your Gorilla-Glue-free skin some extra attention by restoring moisture, especially if you used acetone, which can strip skin of its important natural oils. Work a gentle moisturizer with nourishing, botanical ingredients such as aloe vera into your skin to improve its hydration after an encounter with Gorilla Glue.
After a sticky situation caused by ultra-powerful Gorilla Glue, you know the importance of protecting your skin when using this product. Before you break out the bottle of Gorilla Glue again, follow these precautions:
- Wear protective, chemical-resistant gloves made of such materials as nitrile or natural rubber.
- Slip into protective clothing as well. Minimize any exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when working with Gorilla Glue. The less exposed skin, the better.
- Keep your eyes and face protected with safety glasses and a face shield, which reduce the risk of Gorilla Glue staining or sticking to your face.
If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to irritation, these precautions are especially important to ensure your skin stays safe when you’re working with Gorilla Glue.