How to Apply a Topical Patch



First, apply your patches to clean, dry skin.   

If you apply a patch to skin with lotion or cream already on it, the patch adhesion will suffer.     Some customers choose to clean the site with rubbing alcohol prior to patch application.


Second, apply the patch to hairless skin. 

This isn’t, contrary to popular belief, because the hair will reduce the absorption of the active ingredients, but because taking the patch off of a hairy bit is … well, we’ve all pulled off a bandage that was placed on hairy skin.  You know the feeling – why not avoid the discomfort?  Pick a spot that’s naturally hairless.


Third, pick a spot with good circulation. 

Blood flow is helpful.


Fourth, make sure you’re not putting your patch somewhere it will rub. 

Abrasion is not helpful.


Fifth,  peel – stick – hold.

It’s helpful, especially on areas of the body that flex, to press and hold the patch after application for about ten seconds.  This improves adhesion substantially.


Sixth, change patch sites. 

If you’re putting another patch on as soon as you take the first patch off, change patch sites, or at least don’t put the second patch down exactly where the first patch had been.  Your skin needs a rest and a chance to breathe.


Seventh, remove with oil or lotion.

If it’s time to remove your patch and it’s still stuck tight, just use a little oil or lotion to help release the adhesive.



We want you – and your customers – to get the best experience possible!



Please note:  Our patches are all water-resistant.

That means that they can be worn in the shower – we don’t recommend wearing them into a bath or hot tub.   Monolithic patches utilize medical-grade adhesive, and can be worn for as long as 36 hours.    Pad (aka reservoir) patches utilize hypoallergenic adhesive, and can be worn for up to a week, depending on the amount of active ingredient.