About Skin Adhesives
Skin adhesives, sold for cosmetic or theatrical use, are made from FDA components and are safe for use on the skin. All are, to a degree, moisture or sweat resistant. Therefore, a remover would is needed to cleanse them from the skin. Always get the right remover for the adhesive you are using. Bond Off! is a remover that will work on almost anything. Bond Off! contains flammable solvents so it works faster. Please wait for the remover to do its job! If you get impatient and start pulling you can tear the skin.
Spirit gum is the traditional skin adhesive. However, prosthetic adhesives and medical adhesives are stronger (in that order). Prosthetic adhesives are often latex based and medical adhesives are often silicone based. Medical adhesives have a strong smell, so actors usually don’t like them around their face.
Spirit gum is best for students, beards and mustaches. Here is a trick for when you are using spirit gum: Put a thin coat of spirit gum on the skin and allow it to dry. Then pull at it with a lint-free cloth (a piece of panty hose rolled in on itself works great) until you can feel it gain more and more strength. When applying the adhesive, less is more, just like rubber cement. Once you have some “Tooth” as I call it, you can place the appliance on the skin. For real holding power, do this to both sides. This also works well with prosthetic adhesives.
These adhesives will not create a miracle. If you expect to glue a heavy object to the skin and have it stay, you will be disappointed when your skin sags toward the ground.
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