By October 2, 2007

New-Skin Antiseptic Liquid Bandage review

I had the misfortune of getting into a physical altercation with an inanimate object last Thursday. I slashed a piece of flesh off of my knuckle the size of a pencil eraser head. I knew as soon as it happened that it was going to bleed for a long time, and would take forever to heal because the injury was on a knuckle. I didn’t have a whole lot of stuff on hand the day of the injury, so I put a flexible cloth generic Band-Aid on it and called it a day. Despite double-wrapping it in clear packing tape, I managed to bleed clean through the Band-Aid and smear the inside of the tape a nice, pale pink.

I went to the grocery store the day after, hoping to buy some Neosporin and perhaps something a little more heavy-duty. I happened upon an official Band-Aid liquid bandage product. I have heard of this type of topical treatment before. Apparently trauma docs were using Super Glue as a quick way to seal up a wound. Apparently the Band-Aid version is “medical grade.” I discovered while researching this article that there are little, if any, differences between the “medical grade” and “commercial grade” glues. I was considering buying the Band-Aid version, but it only had like ten applications for just under eight dollars. I reached for some more generic flexible cloth bandages when I saw the New-Skin Liquid Bandage product hidden a few shelves down.

For $2.99 I bought “forty applications,” which seemed like a bargain compared to the Band-Aid product even if the New-Skin guys were full of shit. I bought a tube of Neosporing and a bottle of the New-Skin.

I headed home a little faster than usual. I was eager to try out this liquid bandage concept. The packaging mentioned that I shouldn’t use it to close deep wounds, large wounds, that type of shit. My wound seemed to be in the acceptable treatment size. I got a little nervous when the instructions said I could remove the New-Skin with nail polish remover. I shrugged and then unscrewed the top to the small glass bottle. There was a brush attached to the cap, and I painted on a thin layer of New-Skin. It smelled exactly like nail polish.

Nothing happened. I waited five seconds or so, and it started to sting. A pretty good sting, to boot. That lasted for about ten seconds or so, and then the New-Skin hardened. It formed a little protective shell over my wound, and I pretty much didn’t give it a second thought until much later in the day. Per the instructions, I applied another layer of the liquid bandage a few hours later.

It wasn’t until the third day of my treatment that I noticed a drawback to the liquid skin concept. The liquid skin is waterproof and pretty resilient. So after a few shellackings I had developed quite a buildup. It made my wound look infected, and some of the liquid skin had cracked. It looked like a reptile, right before it’s about to shed. I picked the layers off during a conference call.

I was amazed at how quickly my knuckle had healed. I would have expected a lot more re-opening of the wound if I had just used Neosporin and Band-Aids alone. I am super impressed with the New-Skin liquid bandage, even with the stinging and the build-up. At $3 or less per bottle, I’m thinking about buying a few more to keep on hand and stuff into first aid kits.

New-Skin Antiseptic Liquid Bandage, I glue up
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5 Comments on "New-Skin Antiseptic Liquid Bandage review"

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  1. Ben says:

    They also sell it in a pump-spray bottle. Very nice for larger “rug burn” sorts of things.

  2. I had a pump-spray New Skin procedure done on my elbow/upper arm rug burn after I fell (running in a corridor, tripped) and skidded on my elbow for about a yard (was carrying heavy bag on wrist or something, anyway, I slid). The 1st aid station cleaned me up and then sprayed me. I nearly passed out from the “sting”. I’d recommend spraying in small sections or clamping a VR helmet on for distraction.

  3. Essie says:

    As a mother I can say I discovered that SHIT Long ago. Liquid gold in my house. I use it on everything.

    Enjoyed reading this… smae ol’ guy I remember!


  4. Bond says:

    Hmm, would this stuff work for the rather large patch of missing skin on my palms from falling on my Healeys? It’s been difficult to use my hands with them bandaged at the palms. I’ve always wanted to try this stuff.

  5. Fathir says:

    Our friend Meatspray has managed to fix up several wounds this way, except he bypassed the “medical grade” and went straight for the superglue. He has similar positive experiences.