What Glue Is Used to Stick Latex to Skin

By Laurel Storm

When putting together a costume for a theater show or even simply for Halloween, you may need to attach latex props such as ear tips, fake noses or even full masks to your skin. The glue used to do this is called spirit gum.

Applying

Spirit gum should be applied to both the latex and the skin; it will stick better than if it were applied to just one surface. After applying the spirit gum, you should allow it to rest for a minute or two until it becomes tacky. Press the latex to the skin and hold firmly for a few minutes until the spirit gum has dried.

Removing

To remove spirit gum, you should always use spirit gum remover. After removing the latex, gently clean your skin of any remaining spirit gum using the spirit gum remover, rubbing alcohol or even baby oil. Once all the spirit gum has been removed, you should gently clean your skin with soap or a mild cleanser. Consider using a moisturizing lotion afterward if you have dry skin.

Warning

Never attempt to remove latex that has been attached to your skin with spirit gum by simply pulling on it. Spirit gum forms a strong bond, and pulling the latex off may damage your skin.

About the Author

Laurel Storm has been writing since 2001, and helping people with technology for far longer than that. Some of her articles have been published in "Messaggero dei Ragazzi", an Italian magazine for teenagers. She holds a Master of Arts in writing for television and new media from the University of Turin.