How Do I Remove Surgical Tape Without Pain?

To remove surgical tape without pain, use oil to break down the adhesive on the bandage. Oil gently dissolves the adhesive, so the tape can slide off easily and painlessly.

  1. Peel back the tape

    Lift one corner of the tape. If this is too painful, try pressing down on the skin rather than ripping the tape off.

  2. Apply oil

    Apply a drop of oil to the skin under the tape. Baby oil, olive oil or any type of essential oil works for this.

  3. Remove the tape

    Gently peel back the tape. Apply more oil to the skin as necessary to make the process easier.