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On occasion, I’ve been the victim of hot metal around the shop.  These 2nd skin bandages look like a better solution that gauze and tape.  Created especially for the first-aid treatment of minor burns, it’s made of an absorbent gel-type material that’s mostly water.  It also has anti-bacterial substances in the pad to help keep your wound clean.

“Hydrogel” products like 2nd Skin have been used in hospitals for years and are preferred because — unlike ordinary dry bandages — they don’t stick and re-injure a healing wound.  (Read: They don’t hurt like hell when you peel them off.) 

They’re also quite reasonably priced, starting at around $4 for a box of three 4″x3″ pads.

2nd Skin [Spenco]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

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2 Responses to Finds: 2nd Skin

  1. Trevor D. says:

    Ooh! I need these! I burn my self all the damn time. Calves, arms, hands, its inevitable working on bikes.

  2. 2nd skin has been around for a decade – I first discovered it after opening my radiator and getting a blast of hot “coolant” across the neck and chest. I went through about $40 worth over the next couple weeks, but thanks to that and later a good vitamin A/E moisturizer I had no scaring and little pain.

    It’s also very good for big abrasions (think bicycle crash).

    One tip – it has a plastic backing material that you are supposed to remove once you put the bandage on the injury. Once you do that the water that makes up the bandage starts evaporating out of the back. If you leave the backing material ON, or replace it with some other kind of waterproof bandaging, you’ll more than double how long a single bandage stays flexible and cool.

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