Pros: Easy to use.
Cons: Does not work as advertised, Stings pretty badly.
Why I got it.
I thought that it would be a good addition to my REI first-aid kit. Instead of a bunch of bandages I could just carry one bottle. And I knew that Liquid Band-Aid worked very well so I was hoping this would do the same. The reason I wanted something else besides Liquid Band-Aid was that it is a little complicated to use for someone that has not read the directions.
What is it?
About 10 years ago veterinarians started using a type of superglue to stitch wounds. When our cat was declawed it had a similar substance used to seal the wounds.
Shortly there after it was approved by human usage (although I do not know if the chemical structure is the same for any of these, but the concept is.) It was used in surgeries to replace stitching. My wife actually had it used on a small incision and I feel this glue is superior to stitches.
From what I know, the first consumer product to come out was Liquid Band-Aid. You have a disposable applicator wand and the solution itself. It is expensive but it works. My next review will be on this product.
How New Skin works.
First you clean the wound off. Your wound should not be flowing and the wound should be fairly small. Then screw off the cap, this will reveal the attached brush. Then apply some of the solution to the wound so it is completely covered. Let it dry and go about as normal. You should reapply it 3 times a day. If you want to remove it then just use fingernail polish remover.
What does it not work on?
-Deep cuts or puncture wounds
How well does it work?
In my opinion this is just a superglue version of rubber cement. It peels off like it and protects the skin just as well. I am not impressed. But on to my experience.
I applied a glob of the solution to my wound, smoothed it out, and let it dry. Took about 10 minutes to dry. Instantly I could tell it did not cover the wound completely and it was beginning to peel. I began to have serious reservations about this product.
I reapplied it again about 4 hours later and had the same results. I refuse to use it again. I used Liquid Band-Aid that evening and it has been fine ever since.
Does it sting?
Yes it does. About an hour after I cut myself I put on the glue. It stung pretty bad but not as bad as iodine. The sting was bad enough for me to not want to use this product a second time (but I knew I needed to for this review.) The second time I applied it the solution did not sting as bad but there was a noticeable discomfort. I guess it killed off enough nerve ending for me.
Does it smell?
Yes, and pretty bad too. They added oil of cloves for some strange reason and it really stinks.
Is there a better alternative?
My opinion is super glue would work just as well...or maybe some duct tape. But seriously, the Liquid Band-Aid is the only way to go at this point. It works great and lasts a long time. I will have a review on that shortly.
What I currently use.
Liquid Band-Aid or Band-Aid strips themselves.
-Oil of Cloves
Note: this product is flammable.
This is not a product I endorse. It is supposed to replace your Band-Aid strips but it fails to do that. There is a claim that it will last 24-48 hours but I found that to be false. You are better off buying Band-Aid strips or Liquid Band-Aid.
Other reviews you might be interested in.
REI first aid kit.
Ionic Breeze quadra, 27 inches.
Ionic Breeze quadra compact.
Liquid Band-Aid, coming soon.