When out working in the soil, like digging trenches for irrigation lines, I sometimes get small cuts as the skin of my hands begins to wear away from the abuse… soil can rub at your skin like sandpaper. Even wearing gloves doesn’t always prevent this especially in dry climates where skin cracking is common under mechanical stress.
I have found that the quickest, pain-free way to patch up a small wound is actually Instant Krazy Glue. The label warns that the glue will bond skin instantly which is exactly why it works so well and why I like the stuff. When I’m on the job I don’t have much time to spend taking care of a cut, nor do I want to make the wound worse. The glue comes with a small brush under the cap so I can put the glue on with precision. It’s a really nice product although I think what I use it for is probably not what the makers originally had in mind.
I usually buy it from Wal-Mart, though I have occasionally seen it in a grocery store. If you have sensitive skin, take care before using it, as with anything you’re applying to your skin for the first time.