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How to Easily Remove Adhesive Bandage from Thin or Frail Skin

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Dear Heloise: As time goes on, skin can get thinner, and unfortunately, we have to wear more and more bandages (with blood tests, etc.). The tape can be really hard to peel off.

A good way is to hit the tape with your hair dryer for a quick minute, as this will melt the adhesive, and the tape will come off without taking your skin with it. -- David McNair, Jackson, Miss.

A good hint to use along with that is baby, olive or even vegetable oil to help remove the bandage and residue. Here’s how: Simply soak a cotton ball in one of the oils and apply to the bandage, allowing it to soak the area. Let it sit for a few minutes, then gently try to remove the bandage. If it doesn’t come off right away, apply a little more oil and try again.

There are adhesive removers available. Compare brands, because there seems to be quite a price difference. When you have blood drawn, etc., ask the health-care provider what he or she recommends. -- Heloise

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