Tar tends to be a nasty substance to get on your skin. However, it is also one that is pretty easy to get it stuck to you. Whether you are working with it, walking along a beach, or somehow end up with it from a new road, it can be a disgusting mess. Getting it off can seem near impossible, but it definitely doesn't have to be. You have a few options for removal and the choice of how to get rid of it is really up to you.

Least Expensive, All Natural.
This method works pretty good, though it isn't always effective. However it is all natural, safe for anyone and all skin types, and the least expensive of the options. It is also the slowest method available for getting tar off of the skin.

  1. Let the tar dry- It is true that tar on the skin never feels good. It is also true that it can make you feel itchy, warm, and even trap you hairs. However, to get rid of it you need to begin by letting the tar dry thoroughly.
  2. Get it cold- To get it cold you have two options. The first is often the easiest. You will want to put ice cubes into a resealable plastic bag and place it on the tar to get it cold and very hard. To get it cold you can also run it in very cold water.
  3. Chip it away- Using your finger nail or a credit card gently chip and peel the tar away. It is likely to pull some hair and it is also likely to leave a stain.
  4. Wash- Try washing well with ordinary soap. Make sure you gently scrub to make the most of it.

This will remove the tar and should take up most of the stain. However, it isn't always the best option at getting rid of all of the stain. If this is a problem will then have to try something else. You can also give it time to wear off as long as the stain doesn't bother you too much. Once the tar is removed the stain can be left alone to slowly wash out of the skin. Or you can work on getting rid of it faster then that.

All Natural.
If you are wanting an all natural method that can work faster (and many times more effectively) then the option above then it is time to check out the advantages of oil. Use olive oil, mineral oil, baby oil, or vitamin e oil (or a combination of both) to get rid of the tar. Take a spoon of oil and put it on the section with the tar. Gently rub it with a rag and let it soak in a little. Then use a rag and rub it in a gentle circular motion. You may need to add more oil to completely soften the tar and help pull up the stain. Wash the area and repeat as necessary. If the tar is really having a hard time getting off then use a soft bristled brush or toothbrush to rub at it. This should only be done after the tar itself is removed and all that remains is the skin. And think gentle!

While there are a lot of advantages to going with all natural ways to get rid of tar, there are times when speed and effectiveness is really important. For the quickest and most effective removal you will want to use mineral spirits, paint thinner, turpentine, or even gasoline. Pour the fluid onto a rag and use it to rub the tar spot in circular motion. Continue until the tar is up. Then wash yourself thoroughly and make sure you clean up any mess that you have made with the fluid.

For Light Discolorations and Small Amounts of Tar.
Not every tarry mess is the same. If you have a light discoloration or a small dab of tar then it is possible the best solution for you is to spray a little WD-40 on it and use a rag to rub it. Wipe it clean and repeat as necessary. Eventually it will come off. Often this one works in five minutes or less, but is harder to use on large areas and hard to use if there is a lot of tar that is stuck on you. It can also work well to remove the hard part of the tar and use the WD-40 to remove the stain.

No matter what method you choose it is important that you make sure that there is a lot of washing that is done. Tar isn't good for the skin and neither is the methods of getting rid of the tar. Because of that you will want to use a good soap or body wash to finish removing as much of the tar and the solutions used to get rid of it.

It is a good idea to finish by using a moisturizer. This can be in the form of your favorite lotion or cream, but you can also use oil. Take a small dab of oil and apply it to the area to help heal the damage done to the skin. Using the oil, lotion, or cream should be done a couple of times a day for the first few days to help keep the skin healing, soft, and beautiful.

While getting tar up isn't easy to do, it shouldn't take long. Using cold to remove it is the slowest method and usually takes about a half an hour. It is also the cheapest method and can be used without digging around for a lot of stuff. Oil is another option that is completely natural. It can take fifteen to twenty minutes to work, but it is one of the best options for the skin and it only uses oil, rags, and possible brushes which can usually be found around the house. Usually mineral spirits, paint thinner, turpentine, gasoline, and even WD-40 work very quickly. It often takes five to ten minutes to get rid of the tar. However, the chemicals used can be dangerous on the skin. It is also more expensive then ice or oil.

Getting the tar of your hands, feet, legs, arms, or other body parts can be a difficult thing to do. However, it isn't always an easy thing to do. Decide which method is one you want to pursue and take a few minutes to remove the oil. Relax as you do and always be gentle. Remember that under the tar is your skin and it is important to be gentle to that skin.