by Kathleen Bunn
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Fiberglass is a difficult substance to remove, especially after it has become embedded deep into the pores of the skin. There are several methods you can use to try to remove the fibers from your skin, but one method has not been proven to always work. You may need to try several before you find one that works.
Get into a cold shower for about two minutes and then into a hot shower for another two minutes. The cold water will close the pores to prevent the fiberglass fibers from penetrating deeper into the skin. The hot water that follows opens the pores, helping to release the fibers just closed with the cold water. When switching to hot water, do not heat the water too much, as this will swell your pores and only embed the fibers further. This step works best for mild cases of itching that have occurred more recently. If the fibers have been on your skin for several hours or longer, you may need to proceed to Step 2 to get some relief.
Use Epsom salts to try to pull the fibers out of your pores. To achieve this, pour 1 cup of Epsom salt into a small amount of boiling water. Let the salt dissolve in the boiling water and then pour the mixture into a warm bath. Soak the affected skin areas in the Epsom salt bath for at least 30 minutes. Rinse the skin thoroughly with cool water to help remove the fibers that are left on top of the skin.
Soak in a warm bath that has enough steam to open your pores. Once the pores have opened, take nylons and gently rub them over the affected areas. This will help pull the fibers out of your skin. This step is more for severe cases and may not be necessary for small areas or for fiberglass that has been on the skin for less than an hour.
Use masking tape to remove the fiberglass from the skin. Be careful if you choose to use this method, as pressing too hard on the fibers could push them further towards your skin. Apply the masking tape to the affected area, pushing down very gently to apply the tape to the skin. Quickly remove the tape from the skin. This will result in the removal of the fibers, but be aware that it could also lead to loss of your hair.
- Use prevention methods to prevent fiberglass from embedding in your skin.
- Try not to scratch or press on the fibers of your skin, as this will only sink them deeper.
Articles will need
- Boiling water
- epsom salt
- Measuring cup
- Nylon stockings
- Scotch tape