Tar is a substance that is really easy to get on the skin and a little harder to get off, especially if you have no idea how to go about it. Whether you are working with it, out along the beach, or accidentally get it on you from a new road it can be a situation that just isn't fun. With a little work and knowledge you can easily remove tar from any skin!
Begin by letting the tar dry completely. It isn't comfortable, but this is going to make getting it off lots easier. You want it to harden completely before you begin to take it off even if it is on your feet, hands, arms, or legs.
Next you will want to take a resealable plastic bag and put a few ice cubes in it. Place this on top of the location where the tar is stuck to your skin. This is going to help harden the tar even farther. Let the ice get the tar cold and then scrap and chip it off. You can use your finger nail to chip the tar off or you can use a credit card to remove the tar from your skin. Going slowly is often the best option so that you don't rip out a lot of hair while doing it.
Often there will be a nasty looking tar stain left behind. To get rid of it you will want to rub olive oil, mineral oil, or vitamin E oil into the skin. Gently rub the stain using a cloth. Make sure the cloth is one that you won't worry about getting stained from the tar. Continue to rub until it removes the majority of the tar.
Finally wash your skin with soap. You should be all clean and ready to go about your life. However if this didn't get rid of all of the stain or tar and you are still struggling with it then it is a good idea to use a little mineral spirits, paint thinner, or even gasoline. Carefully apply it to the tar using a rag and gently rub to get the tar off of the skin. Then wash thoroughly with soap once more.
Removing tar from skin doesn't have to be a difficult thing to do, but it is one of those things that aren’t common knowledge. Tar can be hard to remove and feel horrible, so removing it quickly is a good thing.