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How to Remove Tar From Skin

You can remove tar from your skin with common household and beauty products.


  • Step 1: Use pumice Soak the affected area in soapy water and use the pumice stone to gently buff the tar away from your skin.
  • TIP: You can purchase soap that contains pumice as an ingredient.
  • Step 2: Use mayonnaise or cooking oil Apply mayonnaise or cooking oil to break down and loosen the tar. Then scrub your skin with the pumice stone and wash away any residue.
  • Step 3: Apply oily product Apply an oily product such as baby oil or suntan oil. The oil will break down the tar and allow you to buff it away with the pumice stone.
  • Step 4: Apply solvent or lubricant Apply a commercial solvent or lubricant made for removing tacky substances.
  • Step 5: Dab with gasoline Dab your skin with a soft cloth dampened with a small amount of gasoline. Blot the affected area and to wash thoroughly afterwards, as gasoline can be irritating to your skin.
  • FACT: The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles contain the fossils of many prehistoric animals.

You Will Need

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Pumice stone
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cooking oil
  • Baby oil
  • Suntan oil
  • Commercial solvent
  • Clean
  • soft cloth
  • Gasoline
  • Soap that contains pumice (optional)

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