Kick Lifting to the Curb: How to Use Skin Tac to Increase Site Longevi - ExpressionMed

Kick Lifting to the Curb: How to Use Skin Tac to Increase Site Longevity

June 14, 2023

Kick Lifting to the Curb: How to Use Skin Tac to Increase Site Longevity


Your skin is as unique as you are, and finding the perfect products for your CGM and pump site routine can be a journey 😅. Everyone has varying needs and preferences when it comes to the application, removal, and maintenance of CGM and pump sites. While what works for some may not work for everyone, rest assured that with a little experimentation, you'll discover the perfect mix that suits you best. 

In this article, we'll explore the benefits of Skin Tac and when to add it to your site routine to ensure maximum site longevity.

To note: If you are new to ExpressionMed tapes, many of our users experience longer wear times without adhesive barriers like Skin Tac. Make sure to follow our recommended steps, without Skin Tac, before determining your Skin Tac needs.

What Is Skin Tac?

Skin Tac is a popular adhesive barrier solution that can be a game-changer in your site change and management routine. If you’re experiencing tape lifting or need to troubleshoot a wonky application, Skin Tac might be exactly what you need. With Skin Tac, you can ensure your device or tape stays securely in place, providing you with peace of mind throughout the day.

How Can Skin Tac Can Keep Your CGM On Longer

When it comes to extended wear, ExpressionMed tapes last 11-14 days on average, with some users even reporting wear times of 21 days or more, following the recommended application and care instructions. However, situations may arise where you need additional support to maintain optimal adhesion, such as tape lifting, or water interference from your favorite summer activity. This is where Skin Tac can come into play.

Adding Skin Tac to Your Regimen

Many users have incorporated Skin Tac into their routines to enhance tape adhesion. Before applying your device or site, Skin Tac can be used as a pre-application step to create an ideal surface for maximum adhesion. By using Skin Tac, you can create a barrier that ensures your tape adheres securely, even during physical activities or in challenging environments.

 “Summertime is such a busy, and sweaty time for us.  We add Skin Tac during the hot months for a little extra security of our OmniPods to make sure our summer fun isn’t interrupted. ” shares Tracy V.

How to Use Skin Tac with a CGM Tape

If you're using a device that requires tape or overpatches for secure attachment, Skin Tac can make a significant difference. Applying Skin Tac before attaching the tape can provide an extra layer of security, reducing the risk of tape lifting or premature detachment. The adhesive properties of Skin Tac help create a stronger bond between your skin and the tape, ensuring a longer-lasting and more reliable application.

Using Skin Tac to Fix Tape Lifting Issues

We've all experienced tape lifting at some point. Perhaps we applied the tape in a hurry, leaving ridges for sweat, water and debris to collect. Or maybe we needed to change the site quickly and engaged in physical or water activities before the adhesive had time to cure properly. Skin Tac can come to the rescue in such situations. Its quick-drying formula creates a strong and durable bond, preventing tape lifting and keeping your site secure. 

💡When you spot lifting, clean and dry the area beneath the lifted edge of your tape or site. Apply a small amount of Skin Tac–a little goes a long way–and let it dry for a few seconds before pressing down firmly on your tape. Hold for a moment to let the two cure together, and you’re good to go!


Important Considerations 

If you’re considering using adhesive barriers like Skin Tac to address the Dexcom Rash and other uncomfortable skin reactions caused by device adhesives, we suggest exploring our range of underpatches. These underpatches are specifically designed to provide a protective barrier between your skin and the device, reducing the risk of skin irritation and ensuring a comfortable experience. You can find more information and product options on our website's product pages.

Finding the perfect CGM and pump site routine can be a process of trial and error. Skin Tac offers an effective solution to address tape lifting issues, providing a secure and long-lasting application for your devices and tapes. By incorporating Skin Tac into your regimen, you can enjoy the confidence of knowing that your site will stay in place, even during your most active days.

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