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Retail Consumer Applications

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How flowers and silicone adhesive can help patients with scars feel beautiful

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    Healthcare providers often recommend that patients use medical-grade silicone to protect skin after surgery or other injuries. While appearance and aesthetics tend to get left out of the conversation, they can be powerful tools to boost confidence on the road to healing. Learn how one breast-cancer survivor channeled her creative energy to transform her pain, start a business and, ultimately, help others.


Do you make retail products that “stick" to the skin?

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    3M Medical Device Components for Applying 3M adhesive science to the next generation of “stick-to-skin” retail products whitepaper

    Adhesives are ubiquitous. With many applications, the retail stick-to-skin market is a good choice for companies looking to expand their product offerings.

    Whether you’re already selling stick-to-skin products, or are just considering getting into this market, one of the most crucial questions you face is, what adhesives will you use to put the “stick” in your stick-to-skin applications?

    Skin can have reactions to many things that it comes in contact with. That’s why, in healthcare and medical device applications, any adhesive used for skin contact should be tested for biocompatibility. This may reduce the risk of skin irritation.

    There are clear advantages to using medical adhesives for retail stick-to-skin applications. In any brand-focused market, trust is essential. Would you like to read more of the "Applying 3M adhesive science to the next generation of “stick-to-skin” retail products” white paper?


Adhesive Science. Retail Materials That Stick to the Body.

  • You see them almost everywhere: temporary tattoos spreading smiles at a child’s birthday party. Bandages guarding small scrapes. Sports tape protecting athletes during intense competition. With low barriers to entry and virtually limitless applications, the retail stick-to-skin market is a good choice for companies looking to expand.

    The potential for retail stick-to-skin products is only limited by the imagination! Here are just a few examples of common application areas: fashion tape or artificial nails, personal care like wigs or first aid, sports tape, and traditional Chinese medicine.


When you are designing a medical device that must attach to a patient’s skin, a lot depends on your choice of adhesive system. How long will the device remain on the patient? Does it need to be conformable? What skin types or conditions will be encountered? Will the adhesive be compatible with both your materials of construction and the patient? Should the adhesive be medical grade?


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