Simpatch is water resistant, yet breathable, allowing it to be worn for exercise, showering, or swimming. It dries quickly and seldom causes skin irritation. When properly applied, Simpatch applications will last from 4-5 days. Following the tips below will ensure optimal benefits from each application.
- Ensure the skin is clean and dry.
- Do not use any type of moisturizers (i.e. oil, lotion) because these would affect the adhesiveness of the Simpatch on the skin.
- Remove excessive hairs on your skin by shaving or clipping to ensure these would not affect the application of Simpatch.
- Avoid applying the Simpatch on skin areas with cuts, scrapes, burns, sunburn or any kind of skin irritation (e.g. rashes, allergy)
Applying the patch
Simpatch can only be applied once, so avoid touching the adhesive side of the patch. Make sure all ends are applied to skin, not to other pieces of tape. After applying, rub Simpatch briskly from the center to the ends to activate the adhesive. Do not rub from the ends toward the center, or you may cause the ends to peel away from the skin.
How to Apply Simpatch Without Touching the Adhesive
This might sound complicated, but following the simple steps below will have you applying Simpatch as easily as peeling a banana!
Wearing the patch
Try to prevent clothing or equipment from rubbing on the ends of the Simpatch. To dry Simpatch that has become wet, pat gently with a towel. Do not use a hair dryer – the adhesive is heat-activated, and may become difficult to remove. Any ends that begin to peel can be trimmed with scissors to prevent further peeling.
Do not apply Simpatch to damaged skin – this includes scrapes, cuts, burns, sunburn or any type of rash or irritation. The ends of Simpatch should be applied with zero stretch to prevent pulling on the skin that could lead to abrasions. If any type of irritation occurs, remove Simpatch immediately.
Dealing with Skin Irritation
Simpatch is made from cotton with a hypoallergenic acrylic adhesive. It contains no latex or medications, decreasing the likelihood of skin irritation. Individuals with extremely sensitive skin, however, may still experience rash, itching or irritation. There are also special gentle adhesive tapes available for those with sensitive or fragile skin. In addition, the following products have been reported to minimize skin irritation when applied and allowed to dry prior to patch application: Benadryl® Itch Stopping Gel, Maalox® or Tens Clean Coat Skin Wipes.
Removing the Patch
Remove Simpatch in the direction of hair growth, which is usually away from the center of the body on the trunk, and in a downward direction on the arms or legs. To minimize discomfort, press the skin at the end of the patch area while gently peeling patch back. patch that is still strongly adhered to skin may be loosened by soaking with baby oil, vegetable oil or Perform-Lift Adhesive Remover for 5-10 minutes before removing.
If Patch won’t Stick
Check that all skin and patch preparation and application guidelines above were followed. It can be difficult to get patch to stick well on areas that sweat heavily, like the hands and feet. patch on areas that are rubbed by clothing or equipment, or receive repeated body contact can also come off prematurely, despite the best precautions. In these cases, an adhesive spray such as Kramer Tuf Skin can be used to help patch stick. Spray lightly where patch will end, wait until area is tacky, then apply patch.