How to get Leukotape off without ripping skin?
Feb 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm #3632912John BrownBPL Member
@johnbrown2005Locale: Portland, OR
I love love love Leukotape for blister prevention, and use it heavily. However, when removing, it often ends up taking a couple layers of skin with it – counterproductive and painful! What do you all do to get it off safely/painlessly.Feb 23, 2020 at 6:47 pm #3632913obx hikerBPL Member
Try olive oil. Loosens lots of other adhesive type stuff. Peel an edge and rub it into the edge, then peel a little more. I’ve not tried it but then I’ve managed to get leucotape which I use often; off in the shower (carefully) without loosing any skin.Feb 23, 2020 at 6:56 pm #3632915matthew kModerator
hot shower followed by rolling not peeling is my routine
[edit because horrible proofreading]Feb 24, 2020 at 5:38 am #3632965David PBPL Member
Hey John brown
i use a product called ‘Hypafix’ both for dressing retention and blister prevention. It is soft and flexible, the adhesive is hypoallergenic and peels off easily, especially around the tender skin that surrounds wounds and blisters. It is kind of breathable fabric so the area underneath doesn’t get as swampy and adhesive doesn’t leave that sticky residue that some tapes and bandages leave.
It’s not as thick and cushy as leukotape but for blister prevention it works well for me to give just enough cushion and slipperiness to keep friction and hot spots down. Doubling it would give more cushion if needed.
Where it excels for me is covering wounds over areas with lots of movement, fingers, elbows, toes.
When using it to treat a blister that has already formed I put a piece of non adherent pad over the blistered area first just like a cut.Mar 6, 2020 at 11:24 pm #3634600SIMULACRABPL Member
@simulacraLocale: Puget Sound
Never really had a problem with it ripping skin. It’s stuck real good before but has still come off rather cleanly for the most part. Done the hot shower trick as well. Switched shoes to the La Sportive TX4’s and I’ve never needed Leukotape again!Mar 7, 2020 at 12:34 am #3634606Karen KennedyBPL Member
@karenkLocale: NE NSW - Australian subtropics
Hypafix and Fixomull are great flexible breathable tapes – excellent for dressing retention or say to hold the edges of a cut together. They can also be used UNDER something like Leukotape to aid in peeling off, as their adhesive makes them easy to remove. Or use alone if it’s enough for your purpose. Highly recommended!Mar 7, 2020 at 12:40 am #3634607David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Karen’s recommendation is probably better stuff, but I’ll sometimes just use the small gauze pad on a BandAid to cover the delicate, blistering skin and than Leukotape to, basically, secure the BandAid. That way, the stickiness of the Leukotape is only on the intact, uninjured skin away from the blister.
But mostly, I just wear the Leukotape for a few weeks until the defoliating skin causes it to fall off.Mar 25, 2020 at 2:33 pm #3637745AnonymousInactive
* Switched shoes to the La Sportive TX4’s and I’ve never needed Leukotape again! *
That’s a bold statement. I’ll google it up. Thanks,Mar 25, 2020 at 7:42 pm #3637812Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
Wait two weeksMar 25, 2020 at 7:59 pm #3637815rubmybelly!BPL Member
@sleepingLocale: The Cascades
As I’ve said in another thread, I use it on my nipples when I do long runs. When I get home, I simply peel it off reeeeeeeeaaaaaaalllllll slow. Hasn’t taken any skin with it yet.Mar 25, 2020 at 8:23 pm #3637821obx hikerBPL Member
^^^^Hair and all huh?
I thought that was called a Brazilian.Mar 25, 2020 at 8:26 pm #3637823rubmybelly!BPL Member
@sleepingLocale: The Cascades
Ha! I shave before I put it on…Jun 9, 2020 at 9:03 am #3651887a_gunslingerBPL Member
In a clinical environment they often user a base cover tape then put on the leukotape:Jun 9, 2020 at 10:30 am #3651904Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I just leave it on until I get home and take shower, like Matthew
You put it on your nipples Doug? Interesting…Jun 9, 2020 at 3:25 pm #3651955Dena KelleyBPL Member
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
This can definitely be an issue. I found out the hard way that my skin is thinning as I get older by removing some leukotape from my foot earlier this year my normal way…and it ripped a triangle of skin off my foot. I now do the soak/roll method to preserve my skin.
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