How to: Minimize Skin Irritation
TransTape is made from a blend of 95% cotton and 5% spandex with a medical grade acrylic adhesive. It is latex-free and non-medicated, making it hypoallergenic for virtually everyone except those with allergies to any type of adhesive. With this said, however, a small percentage of TransTape users do experience irritation, itching or redness after wearing TransTape. We suggest cutting a small strip of TransTape and applying it to a discreet part of your body with zero stretch in the tape. Leave the tape in place for 30 mins before removing. Once removed, if there is no irritation, you will then know you are not allergic to the adhesive and may proceed with the application on your chest
What Causes Skin Irritation with TransTape?
All of the leading kinesiology tape brands, including TransTape, use a hypoallergenic acrylic adhesive that is applied to the back of the tape in a wave-like pattern. The effect is that of ‘ridges’ of adhesive that adhere to the skin, with small troughs in between to channel away moisture. As the body moves, the ridges of adhesive pull slightly on the skin’s surface, this is what causes the relief of blood flow and muscle activation that athletes look for with kinesiology tape.
While the vast majority of TransTape users never experience skin reactions, this pulling action may be enough to generate redness or itching in individuals with very sensitive or fragile skin. Other individuals with sensitive skin may do well while the tape is on, but experience irritation and sometimes blistering when the TransTape is removed.
Too Much Stretch in the Tape – When TransTape is applied with a great amount of stretch, it pulls on the skin as it attempts to contract back to its pre-stretched state. If only a small piece of tape is being used, similar to when you make a nipple bandage, this doesn’t usually create a problem. When larger areas of skin are covered with extremely stretched tape, however, the potential for irritation or even blistering is much greater
Solution: Be careful not to overstretch the tape when you apply it. TransTape is already stretched on the paper backing, so an effective stretch can be achieved even when applying with zero-tension. TransTape should not be pulling the skin, just assisting it to stay in place. You should be “hiding” your chest COMFORTABLY on your body (such as under your armpit or down your torso) then using TransTape to smooth out the appearance and secure it into place. Typically, the larger the area being taped, the less additional stretch is necessary during application
Applying the Anchor Ends – The anchor ends of the tape are the final 1-2″ of every strip. When these ends are stretched during application, they will pull on the skin with every movement. After a period of time, this can cause redness, irritation and even blisters
Solution: the anchor ends of TransTape should always be applied with no stretch. Only the body of the application should utilize tape in the 50% stretched position. This will help prevent skin irritation or over-stimulation of the applied area. Regardless of the amount of stretch used in each strip of tape, the final 2″ should always be applied with absolutely no stretch.
Hair Follicle Irritation in Unshaved Areas – The adhesive in TransTape has best results when applied directly to the skin. When the adhesive attaches to the hair follicles, it does not make an even contact with the skin or the hair, causing it to pull at different times, with different motions. This causes extreme discomfort and pain which can result in the skin becoming irritated and can cause TransTape to fall off pre-maturely
Solution: Clip excess amounts of hair close to skin level before applying TransTape. We do not recommend shaving bald to the skin but to leave a slight buffer using an electric razor. If you prefer a close shave, we recommend waiting a day to apply TransTape to allow the skin to regenerate
Skin Irritation on Freshly Shaved Areas – Shaving removes the uppermost layer of skin, exposing fresh skin for the first time. Because this skin hasn’t had time to toughen or desensitize, it is more easily irritated, especially if the area is not shaved regularly.
Solution: To avoid hair follicle irritation from shaving, try clipping the hair close to the skin using and electric razor, rather than shaving. Clipping leaves the top layer of skin intact, decreasing the likelihood of irritation. If you prefer a close shave, we recommend waiting a day to apply TransTape to allow the skin to regenerate
If the above precautions have been taken and skin irritation persists, the following product have been found to be helpful when applied to the skin prior to taping and after removal:
We personally use and highly recommend using our healing salve that was created specifically to address skin irritation and moisture loss due to taping