Skin Care

The right skin care product can make all the difference for your patient when it comes to managing pump and/or CGM dressings. 

The following skin care products may be available at pharmacies, online sites such as Amazon or online diabetes supply stores (ie: www.diabetesexpress.ca/ who also have a Sample Skin Prep Kit with various samples.) We advise patients talk to their pharmacist, physician, pump/CGM trainer or diabetes educator about which product may be right for them. 

1. Adhesive Wipes

  • Friars Balsam (tincture of benzoin): Paints on a yellow color and provides immediate adherence, a favorite among hockey players who frequently sweat off sites.
  • Mastisol® by Eloquest: Waterproof medical adhesive that secures dressings in moist environments. Suggest using a removal aid (wipe) prior to removing any dressing secured with mastisol. Available in vials or spray. 
  • Skin Tac® by Torbot: Hypoallergenic, latex-free, clear, non-rubber liquid adhesive. Acts as a barrier and also adds to adherence. Available in wipes or in bottle (with dauber). Suggest using a removal aid prior to removing any dressing secured with Skin Tac. 

2. Adhesive Removal Products  

  • Detachol™ by Eloquest: A non-drying and non-stinging adhesive remover. 
  • Tac Away™ by Torbot: Available in wipes, non-greasy. 
  • Remove™ Adhesive Remover by Smith and Nephew
  • AllKare® Adhesive Remover Square Wipes by ConvaTec
  • UNI-SOLVE™ Adhesive Remover by Smith and Nephew
  • Baby oil may also help remove stubborn dressings (if Mastisol® or Skin Tac® were not used).

3. Adhesive Tapes 

  • Hypafix tape® by BSN Medical/Mefix tape® by Molnlycke health Care: Stretchy, latex free, hypoallergenic adhesive tape. 
  • Nexcare Coban® Athletic Wrap by 3M: Self-adherent wrap used to secure dressings or devices. Sticks to itself but nothing else, decreasing risk of skin irritation. Contains latex. 
  • Vet wrap - similar to athletic wrap, available in animal supply stores and may be less expensive. 
  • Tegaderm® by 3M: Thin, transparent dressing available in various shapes and sizes. Can also be used as a barrier (see below). 
  • GrifGrips® decorative adhesives stickers for CGM, Omnipod and infusion sets.
  • Various adhesive patches available specifically for Libre and/or Dexcom sensors (Simpatch® and other generic brands). 

4. Barrier Products (Skin Protection)

  • AllKare® by Convatec: Protective barrier wipes. 
  • Adapt® by Hollister: Skin protective wipes. Good for sensitive skin due to increased moisturizer, however may affect adhesion. 
  • Cavilon® by 3M: A non-stinging barrier film. Available as spray or wipe. 
  • Skin Tac® by Torbot: Adhesive product that can also serve as barrier. 
  • Skin-Prep® by Smith and Nephew: Protective dressing wipes. 
  • Tegaderm® by 3M: Thin, transparent dressing available in various shapes and sizes. Can be used as a barrier to protect skin beneath dressing. Advise patient to cut a small hole in the middle of the dressing (like a donut) where cannula and/or sensor will pass through.