SKIN PREPARATION – SAFE ON SKIN
VARA Tape is engineered to be gentle on the skin. It has been designed with an advanced medical-grade acrylic adhesive that’s hypoallergenic and for most people will not cause problems. VARA Tape is made from 100% high-grade cotton, with a hypoallergenic medical-grade acrylic adhesive. The tape contains no latex and no medications. This makes it very comfortable, with a very low probability of skin irritation.
It should not, however, be applied to any skin surface with scrapes, cuts, burns, sunburn or any type of rash or irritation. Those with extremely sensitive skin should apply a test piece for up to 24 hours before a full taping. If skin irritation occurs, the tape should be removed immediately.
Individuals with extremely sensitive skin may still experience rash, itching or irritation. If skin irritation occurs, the following products that have been reported to minimize the issues when applied prior to tape application: Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, Maalox. Be sure to let any pre-taping skin preparation dry completely before applying tape.
WATERPROOF & SWEATPROOF PREPARATION APPLICATION
Wait at least 30 minutes after applying the tape to engage in activity that causes sweating. To accelerate drying the tape after exercising, swimming or showering, pat gently with a towel. Do not use a hair dryer on the tape – the adhesive is heat-activated, and may become difficult to remove. Any edges that begin to peel can be trimmed with scissors to prevent further peeling.
REMOVING THE TAPE
Skin cells begin sloughing after 5 days, which will make tape easier to remove. Techniques for removing tape include: (a) pressing down on the skin at the end of the taped area, while gently rolling or peeling the tape back, (b) pulling tape edge back gently as the index finger slides back and forth where the tape joins the skin. Do not remove tape while wet.
It is more comfortable to remove tape 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. Tape that is still strongly adhered to skin after 5 days may be loosened by soaking with baby oil or olive oil for 15-20 minutes before attempting to remove it.
Do not use VARA Tape if you have been diagnosed with cancer as it may interfere with treatment and disease management strategies employed by your medical professionals. Please consult your medical professional for advice on its use.
VARA Tape should not be applied to abdominal regions, if pregnant, or if you have open wounds. We are committed to the comfort and safety of our users and we strongly advise that these recommendations are followed.