At GrifGrips.com, our goal is to support diabetics all over the country with fun shapes and functional tapes that support all activities. While we certainly know the shapes are fun, making sure that the tapes stick to your skin and support your devices effectively is the ultimate goal. The tape that we use at GrifGrips.com is a signature cotton fabric based tape with an acrylic adhesive. It was designed for diabetic pump and sensor wearers to keep their devices on for longer periods of time, but move with the skin and be a bit more gentle than traditional medical tapes.
Our designs are made wide to ensure they stay in place. This is an important because the skin contact and coverage ensures that GrifGrips act as a shock absorber that can take the brunt of hits and bumps to your devices. Additionally, our tapes are very porous and allows the skin to breathe, which also allows it to dry quicker.
To get your GrifGrip in place it is best to apply to clean, dry skin. Also, remember to let your GrifGrip “Set” for a minimum of one hour before intense activity, swimming, or any other adventure. Getting good adhesion is key before any activity. Putting on a GrifGrip or any other tape product on, then immediately jumping in the pool or going for jog will pretty much ensure that the tape will peel right off.
We know that everyone’s skin is different, whether dry, oily, sensitive, clammy, all of these are factors are key in getting appropriate adhesion. Typically, dry skin tends to do well with both Pump/CGM devices and GrifGrips tape. If your skin falls into the more oily or clammy categories, we typically recommend some additional adhesive prep products.
For pre-taping our recommendation is SkinTac and Mueller Pre-Tape Spray. Both do a fantastic job in prepping the skin for adhesives to be applied.
If you see the tape starting to lift on your devices or GrifGrips, we recommend Mastisol. A little pricey, but we have used this quite a bit in repairing tapes on the Dexcom, Omnipod, and our GrifGrips, believe us, a little goes a long way.
Tape and adhesive removal for more sensitive skin types can be very painful. What we typically recommend for GrifGrips is going for a more natural way, utilizing Coconut Oil. We rub the coconut oil and allow it to absorb through the porous tape, then a nice hot shower or bath. This tends to work well for our team. But, we have also used some other over the counter products like Detachol and TacAway, both are great adhesive removers.
As a last resort for all device wearers (and not much fun!) …If you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, our recommendation is going to surgical tapes like Opsite Flexifix. I only recommend these to people that really have no other recourse. The drawback for these types of tapes is that they work too well. They can be painful to remove and really don’t let the skin breathe, which can cause irritation, redness, or a rash. But, it definitely works.
As always, email us if you have any questions, suggestions, or issues! So good luck to all of you diabetics out there, you are our family, and we wish you all the best!
Play Hard & Adventure On!!