For those of you that have read my blog before, you know that I have written many articles on health and first aid related subjects. I wrote an article a coupe of years ago on Acute Wound Care and in it I discussed options to close small lacerations while on the water. I talked about a product called Dermabond and Super Glue. What I knew at the time was that these two products are basically the same thing except one is more expensive than the other and is more widely accepted for medical use. Since then I have learned much more about the chemical make up of that differs these two products, and I'll share with you what I've learned.
First, I want to share with you a new product that I happen to run across while on a routine trip to my local Home Depot. This product is called Liquid Skin Pro and It's made by a company called Chemence. This product is of the same chemical make up of Dermabond or Super Glue. It retails for less than five dollars and is more medical grade than regular Super Glue. I have tried numerous times to contact the company with no success to ask several questions about the chemical make up of their product.
I have actually had the opportunity to use this product my self and I was very happy with the results. First off, I used Dermabond on a regular basis at my "real job" and as good as it works it's expensive and it's a single use per vial. Super Glue is cheap but contains certain solvents that can cause irritation and damage to open wounds. While Super Glue can work in a pinch, it may not be the best option for a cheap solution for acute wound closure. With Liquid Skin Pro you have a low cost option that has multiple uses per vial. You also get two vials per package, which is a pretty good bang for your buck. Aside from the obvious monetary value of the product, I was pleased with the real world application of the product. I sustained a cut on my thumb and decided to give this product a whirl. Three observations that I had were, the product has more viscosity which means it doesn't run all over the place, it dries quickly, and it stayed on without irritating my skin.
Bottom line, I will choose this product over regular Super Glue but not over expensive Dermabond. I will say I wasn't happy with the customer service of Chemence, but none the less I like the product.