Always have a bottle in the First Aid box for nasty cracks in finger ends or heels.First tried a similar, but more expensive, product in France where it is marketed specifically as "Crevasses" treatment.It really is the only way to get a deep fissure to heal.Yes, it stings like hell, at first, but you know that the healing will have started as soon as you can "seal" the wound and prevent moisture loss.Highly recommended.
We have a bottle of Germolene New Skin in our medicine cupboard, but to be honest it rarely get used, as we prefer to use normal sticking plasters for minor cuts and grazes. I bought this a little while ago after trying to wear in a pair of new shoes. They were creating havoc at the back of my heels as they had been rubbing really badly and every time I tried to use a plaster, it just used to curl up ate edges and peel right off. I think was because both sore parts were right on the part of my foot that bends and flexes and so the plaster just wasn't allowed to stay still and this made it come off very easily.
Then I had a brainwave! I bought the Germolene New Skint thinking that this might stick better and protect my foot from further rubbing at the same time. I bought this little bottle, which looks very similar to a bottle of nail varnish, I have to say, from Boots, about one year ago and it cost me a fraction under £5. I remember thinking at the time that this seemed to be a lot of money to pay, but as I'd had so many problems with the ordinary sticking plasters, I was willing to give anything a try.
I followed the instructions and painted on the Germolene New Skin with the little spatula type thing which is attached to the end of the handle, after I'd dipped it into the solution. It hurt my foot and stung for a little while as I left it to dry on, as the instructions suggested. I only did one coat and then a few hours later I popped my shoes on and out I went.
I must have walked for about 10 minutes when I felt the back of my foot was wet and the New Skin had come completely off and my foot had opened up again and fresh blood was oozing out. I was in agony. I stopped wearing those shoes for a while after that and let my feet heal up completely.
I have since used this Germolene New Skin on a few minor cuts and grazes on both myself and my daughter. My daughter hates it as she says she can still see the cut through the 'skin' and she prefers to have her wounds well covered so she can see no blood. It's fine for very minor cuts but saying that it looks like skin and is invisible isn't really true, to be honest, as I can clearly see the shiny area over the wound where the new skin has been applied with the applicator. I also don't really like the way my skin feels tight and slightly stretched over the area where the solution has been applied.
Overall, I'm not totally in love with this product, as you might have guessed. I much prefer the more conventional method of using traditional plasters and this is now just sitting in my cupboard and not being used by anyone.
I give it only three stars out of five.
Germolene was recommended to me by my mum she is forever using it as she gets very dry split fingers and plasters just do not cut it. Having tried Germolene for myself I now use it regularly because I too suffer with dry cracked hands and after using plasters previously and having to replace them regularly. After washing my hands and doing day to day chores etc New skin came as a refreshing change. It does what it says basically forming a waterproof barrier protecting your skin. It is breathable too so you do not end up with soggy wet skin like you do after wearing a plaster and it is much more discrete too. The little 20ml bottle it comes in has a handy applicator attached to the lid making it easy to apply. After a few seconds it is dry and you can go about your business as normal. The only thing I would say is that depending on what you are putting it on you may find it stings a little bit. I generally use it on little splits on my fingers and sometimes it stings quite alot but it doesn't last very long and does not put me off using it. It is very useful for people who do manual work as plasters do tend to come off easily especially if put on joints and other awkward places and you will not have that problem with New Skin. It can be found at most chemists or supermarkets and costs around £4-4.50. You can probably get it a little cheaper on line. I would recommend this product.
Mother Nature does a pretty good job of mending broken skin and I am one of those lucky people who heals quite easily and quite quickly. However, all Mothers need a helping hand from time to time and I have recently had occasion to use this product to try and protect a largish area of exposed flesh on my middle finger near my knuckle which I managed to injury through my own stupidity.
I was trying to remove the lid from a partly used tin of paint and was employing a screwdriver to assist in the process. I must have done this a hundred times before without incident, but on this occasion my hand slipped and.......yeowch! It was sore!
I had managed to not only scrape off a bit of skin about a centimetre square but also dug out a little bit of flesh as well. After that period of a couple of seconds when nothing happens, the blood started to flow and I went running indoors to attend to my self-inflicted wound. I was a very brave boy and managed to staunch the flow of blood quite quickly. However, because a part of the wound was on the knuckle, it was painful to bend my finger because the wound was stretched. It is difficult to not use this finger and it somehow didn't seem appropriate to go about my daily business with my middle digit permanently erect. People might think I was being rude!
A neighbour who was laughing at my misfortune/stupidity (funny how people do that, isn't it?) suggested I try Germolene New Skin. Her hubby is a mechanic who often suffered self inflicted wounds and he had used it frequently. I had also used this or a similar product before but not for many years on a blister on my ankle and never having had a recent need for such a product, I had forgotten it even existed.
The next day I got some from the local pharmacy. I almost baulked at the price - over £4.00 for a poxy 20ml! That said, I am not often in the wars so I swallowed hard and parted with the dosh. Back home I read the straightforward instructions, making sure that the wound was both clean and dry before applying the new 'liquid' skin which acts as a barrier to both water and germs. Given that this was a wound on my fingers, it is clearly going to be more exposed to water and germs than most other parts.
You paint this stuff on with the applicator which is integrated in the top. It operates much in the same way as you might use Liquid Tippex or nail varnish. I put it on at bedtime and put on one of those little finger protectors. It stung a little bit to start with; it has an alcohol base so that was hardly surprising. Next morning, I had a good old examination and was pleased to note that there was a thin covering of what looked like skin covering the wound. In fact there was a bit extra around the wound but I resisted the temptation to peel it away at the edges.
I left it for a couple of days and managed with the help of this new skin to keep the wound free of infection. Now, a fortnight later, I still have a small scar but the wound is pretty much completely healed. Job Done.
Now I have about 19ml of the 20ml container left. I doubt I will ever get to use it all, so will have to decide to whom I will bequeath this inordinately expensive commodity in my will.
I have one final piece of advice for anyone unfortunate to suffer similar damage to their middle finger. It's a good idea trying to become ambi-fingrous (no such word but there should be) in the bottom wiping department. You don't realise the full range of uses of this digit until you temporarily lose the use of it. Sorry if that has put you off your supper!
This product was first bought for my sister when she got had a minor cut on her finger and found that plasters were causing obstruction while she was playing the violin. I later used this myself on my own cuts and grazes, mainly because it was something new, and the idea of wearing an invisible plaster sounded really cool...to me.
What I discovered was that it works in pretty much the same way as a visible plaster would, meaning it doesn't give you an accelerated recovery from your cut, takes the same length of time...it's just invisible. It is only to be used on minor cuts and grazes, and is not recommended for use on children. Personally I would only recommend this if you are finding that plasters are an obstruction to something or the other. Otherwise just use normal plasters.
I bought a 20ml bottle for around £5, a few months ago, I can't remember exactly how much, I just remember thinking 'huh, that's expensive for a plaster.' It is advertised on the Boots website at £3.99.
The bottle is small, and in a similar fashion to nail varnish, there is a brush attached to the inside of the lid. Interestingly the plaster also smells very strongly of nail varnish, and also looks the way nail varnish looks when you spill it on your skin. The brush itself is not exactly a brush, more like a really mini plastic spatula. You use it to apply a thin layer of the liquid over the graze or cut, it is quite cooling for about the first 20 seconds, after which it starts to sting for a good minute or two...it may just be my sensitive skin though. It does warn on the bottle that the 'product may sting slightly on application.'
Once applied it takes 2 to 3 minutes to dry completely. Again, if you touch it after dry, it feels a lot like nail varnish that has dried up on your skin. The patch can be seen shining under lights. While it is waterproof and germproof, it doesn't make the cut look invisible, you can still see it through the invisible plaster....kind of like looking through cling film.
It doesn't smell at all after application, and it hasn't irritated my skin. While I've worn it it has made my skin feel a little bit tight and uncomfortable, but that's mostly when I notice that it's there, if I'm absorbed in something else I don't notice it. I haven't worn it to the point where it starts wearing off by itself. Tend to peel it off after it has formed a scab, which you can see clearly as the plaster is see-through.
To remove, it says on the bottle to apply another layer of the liquid on top of the first coat, and then wipe away immediately. Being me, I took no heed in what the instructions said...which in hind sight I probably should not have ignored the instructions...and decided to try my own thing, namely peeling it off as you would a visible plaster. It took a while for me to even get the edge up, after which I just ripped it off in one quick motion....erm...let's just say it felt like I was waxing...ie: painful. There's a possibility that the liquid may have been applied over some teeny tiny invisible hairs on my hand. And I shall leave you on that note.
My poor 'housewife hands' have been suffering lately what with all the household chores I do...well that is a fib as I seem to be spending more and more time on this site (I'll rush round in a minute to do the housework I promise..Sshh don't tell hubby, it's our little secret!). So whilst hand cream has indeed softened them, those irritating little bits of skin below the cuticles (the ones that tear and bleed ouch) are the bane of my life at the moment. What to do? I have tried rubbing Germolene cream into them but to no avail..if only they still sold Germolene New Skin...and after a trip to my local Superdrug store I found they do, hooray!
Why so excited? Well, Germolene new skin has all the effectiveness of regular antiseptic creams and forms a barrier to protect and heal- a bit like an invisible plaster..sounds good so is it?
The new skin is a transparent, watery type of gel, that comes in a 20ml size brown glass bottle. Attached to the inside of the white plastic lid is a spatula, which you use to apply to your 'wounds'.
Now it says on the bottle it may sting a little, but I won't lie to you- sometimes it stings a LOT! However you must not apply it directly to an open wound,as you would hit your head on the ceiling from jumping up in pain!
It is fantastic for protecting the likes of blisters; grazes and cuts that have scabbed over.
How to apply~
Remove from the small box (obviously) and clean the area first. No need to shake the bottle, simply 'paint' on to where it's needed. It's very fast drying however blowing it helps it dry even quicker. It dries clear so it's not obvious like an unsightly plaster. It's also waterproof and stops germs infecting the wound, giving them time to heal. And to remove? It's very easy-apply a small amount more new skin to moisten the old and wipe off - voila!
So the question remains,is it any good?~
Well I have used this a lot in the past, but haven't seen it for ages so I assumed it had been discontinued. I was thrilled to have it again and though it cost £3.98 from Superdrug it is worth it as it lasts for a long time. I only applied the new skin yesterday afternoon and today less than 24 hours later my sore bits no longer feel sore so it's a whopping top 5 stars from me for this!
I wont go into the history of New skin as the welshwickedone has done such a wonderful job. I have been using new skin for as long as i remember. It comes in a small blue box with about 20ml of new skin within it. It costs about 3-4 pounds and it is worth its weight in gold. Inside the bottle there is a small applicator which you are meant to smooth over your cleaned wound, I prefer to drop a blob onto my cut in fear of cross contaminating. Either way the new skin will sting whilst it is drying and this might be off putting to some but once the liquid drys it leaves a see through covering that is not only waterproof but germ proof as well. The covering last well although i find that if I use new skin on my hands it doesnt last as long as it would do normally on say like a knee scrape just due to the amount of time spent in contact with water, skin lotions and potions, normally it is only the edges that seem to pull away rather than on the actual scab area. The new skin will start to flake away as the scab/cut heals althought I will reapply new skin every so often if it looks as if it has started to flake around the edges. This is the perfect solution to anyone that has a plaster allergy but still wants to protect there wounds from outside contaminates
I have used New Skin for many years and I would not be without it in my bathroom cabinet. It is so much better than unsightly plasters. it does sting on initial application but only lasts for a few seconds.
Germolene New Skin.
Germolene was first the company brand of Smithkline Beecham, who is also famous for producing many other over the counter medicines such as NiQuitin CQ, Nicorette, Macleans Toothpaste, Gaviscon and many more. The range of Germolene products produced by the company was then sold in December 1999 to Bayers Consumer Care, who has continued to produce Germolene products as well as increase the range of products available.
About Germolene New Skin.
Germolene New Skin is a liquid, which you apply to the damage area of the skin, giving it a clear transparent film over the wound protecting it from dirt, germs and bacteria and can be used as a replacement to applying plasters. It is applied to the skin via a small brush which comes attached to the lid making it easy to apply in any are even hard to reach areas. The product will not wash off in any way and the only way you can remove the product from your skin is to apply more of the product and rub in gently when wet and then rinse away to remove all traces of old and new application. It is available from all major pharmacies and supermarket pharmacies and usually retails for around £2.25 for a 13mls bottle.
Germolene New Skin comes in a small glass bottle containing 13mls of the clear liquid, which you apply to the skin. The lid of the glass bottle is white and has an applicator brush attached to it, which sits inside the bottle when the lid is closed. The glass is brown in colour and has a pink label on the front with a white strip across the top. On the label is clearly states the name of the product, directions for use, best before date and manufacturers contact details. This glass bottle is then packed in a cardboard box, which is deep blue in colour. The box has the name Germolene in white letters running down the front left hand side of the box. It also has a pink and a blue cross on the box which is the Germolene Logo. Under the logo is a pink oval with the words new skin in blue letters that match the blue colour of the box. It also clearly says Waterproof and Germproof in white letters under the pink New Skin oval and each white word has a white tick next to it. Finally At the bottom of the front of the box is the outline of a pair of hands and an applicator brush in pink. The Side of the box contains more images similar to the front as well as the consumer contact details and statutory rights act details. The back of the box contains a full list of the ingredients, directions for use, warnings and of coarse a barcode for the product. There is also a best before date clearly stamped on the bottom of the back of the box, which is also stamped on the bottle label at the very bottom as well. The top of the box is blue and contains the name of the product and the base of the box is plain white.
Directions for Use.
Thoroughly clean and dry the skin and wound.
Apply a layer of the Germolene New skin with the Applicator brush provided on the inside cap.
To reduce stinging, let minor damage dry or form a scab first.
To remove apply more Germolene New Skin and wipe off.
Keep out of childrens reach
Avoid spillage on clothing or polished surfaces
Drug Interaction Precautions :
This product is not suitable for deep cuts, severe burns or injuries that appear infected or inflamed. If inflammation develops or no improvement occurs, consult your doctor.
Product Description Wording.
Germolene New Skin provides a waterproof and germproof barrier to protect minor skin damage such as cuts, grazes and blisters, so allowing natural healing to take place. Rapidly forms a tough, almost invisible barrier, which makes unsightly plasters unnecessary.
I use this product on a regular basis to cover the areas of broken skin I regularly get on my hands due to damage done from chemicals when I was a hairdresser for many years. My skin cracks very easy and becomes sore for no reason, so I apply this if I am going to be using water a lot on my hands to prevent the wound from becoming infected. It is great for protecting the cuts and grazes and really does make like a plastic coating for you cuts, however I will tell you that it does burn when you apply it to the skin. This usually stops after about thirty seconds of applying the product, but it can last a lot longer on an open fresh cut and can be extremely painful. If you have very sensitive skin I feel you should think carefully and ask your pharmacist before applying this product. Prior to the germolene branded new skin, I used an extremely similar product and I will say that germolene does do a better job and does not appear to be as painful upon application. When you apply the product, as you only need to apply a little at a time I will say that it is excellent value for money as one bottle of this product will last me about two months. So although you only get 13mls for £2.25 this does last longer than you think. I give this product an 8/10 for quality and durability.
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