Tekra is proud to offer a full line of 3M adhesive tape for skin and we are your go-to source for 3M skin-safe adhesive products.
As new technologies advance, the demand for adhesives and devices that attach to our skin increases – from wound care dressings to drug delivery solutions and wearable sensors. Scientists and engineers must answer complex questions when choosing the right adhesive system for these devices, such as: How long will the adhesive or device remain on the patient? Where will the adhesive or sensor be placed on the body? What skin types or conditions will be encountered for typical users?
Because of these challenges, Tekra chooses to carry 3M’s medical adhesives. With over 55 years of experience in the medical adhesive business, no one knows skin better than 3M. They understand the unique challenges of this delicate surface and of the larger design process. As your partner from the beginning, Tekra can help you choose the right materials for your needs and navigate your way to market, with confidence.
Challenges of Skin as a Substrate
- Skin is a living organism. It is constantly changing, which makes it a difficult surface to attach to
- Skin needs to breath and retain the ability to absorb and expel moisture
- Skin is difficult to mimic for testing & evaluation
Different Wear Times
One key factor that is considered when selecting skin friendly adhesive tape is the amount of time it will remain on the skin. Tekra offers 3M tapes that are designed for short term applications such as a single day and for longer term situations where the adhesive may stay in contact with the skin for 7 or up to 21 days.
Single & Double Sided Biocompatible Tapes
Tekra carries 3M biocompatible tapes in both single sided and double-sided styles. Double sided medical tapes are perfect when you need to attach a device to a person’s skin.
Skin Friendly Adhesive Tapes
When you are dealing with sensitive skin or fragile skin, you want to select a skin friendly adhesive. Tekra offers several different 3M tapes that are gentle, conformable, and repositionable.