To the Editor.—
I read Dr Gelbard's letter in The Journal on "Removal of Small Cactus Spines From the Skin." In 1981, I reported a method of using facial gel to peel away the spines.2 Facial gel, which dries to form a mask or sheet, is made to be applied to the skin and does not leave a sticky residue.
Putnam MH. Resourceful Women Unmask Cactus Spines. JAMA. 1985;253(19):2830. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350430040008