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What Causes Skin Reactions to Kinesiology Tape?

What Causes Skin Reactions to Kinesiology Tape? - SPORTTAPE

Here’s a knowledge bomb that will help you PREVENT skin REACTIONS or IRRITATION when K Taping. 

ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO KINESIOLOGY TAPE ARE INCREDIBLY RARE!

The majority of ‘allergic reactions’ are actually skin irritations caused by over-stretching the tape when applying, or excessive friction on the skin. All SPORTTAPE products are hypoallergenic and latex-free. Follow these 3 tips, and we GUARANTEE a great taping experience, with no irritation.

1. EASY ON THE STRETCH

When you stretch the tape it recoils and lifts the skin. Over-stretching can mean excessive friction on the skin. There’s never a reason to stretch the tape beyond 50-75% and ALWAYS make sure the ends of your tape (3-5cm) are stuck down with NO STRETCH.

This is very important in ensuring you aren't left with any sort of TRACTION REACTION.

2. TEST YOUR MOVEMENT 

Once you’ve applied the tape, move around and see if the tape feels as though it’s ‘pulling’ the skin. This happens if the tape is put down without the muscle being stretched.


If you feel it ‘pinching’, then remove the tape and start again. You will usually notice an irritation to the skin just around the edges of the tape.

3. TEST PATCH

ALWAYS apply a test patch if you’re using K TAPE for the first time. Cut a small strip and apply it to your forearm. We'd recommend leaving it on for 30 minutes or so. If it starts to itch, then remove the tape and seek medical advice on any potential allergies.


If you have questions on how to apply tape then, get in touch! We’re here to make sure you get PERFECT results from your tape, EVERY TIME.

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