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If you’re physically active, sweat a lot, or your skin just doesn’t get along with the adhesives of your Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), you undoubtedly know the frustration of the CGM tape peeling and your sensor being at risk of falling off.

This has been a huge problem for me in the past. Not only do I live in Miami (with summer year-round), but I’m very active and the CGM tape of my Dexcom G7 simply can’t keep up with my lifestyle.

Also, the Dexcom G7 overlay tape makes my skin break into hives.

My solution is to add a soft fabric patch over my sensor to extend its lifetime, make sure it doesn’t fall off, and prevent skin reactions.

But not all patches are created equal and, in this post, I’ll show you why Skin Grip is my favorite go-to patch.

Woman with Skin Grip CGM patch on stomach

This post is sponsored by Skin Grip, but the opinions are my own and I used Skin Grip patches before they became a sponsor.

What I look for in a CGM patch

When it comes to CGM patches, the most important factors for me are

  • Comfort
  • Ease of use
  • Affordability
  • The design

Patch Comfort

I have very sensitive skin and most patches, including the Dexcom G7 overlay tape, will make my skin angrily red and itchy.

Because of that, I always look for patches that will allow my skin to breathe but where the glue is still strong enough that the patch will stay on for at least 10 days, but not so strong that it will take my skin off when I peel off the patch.

There are many different options available, and the patches are generally either:

  • a paper or plastic-like material
  • a fabric material (like Skin Grip)

I’ve found that the paperlike material is very stiff so it doesn’t stick to the skin as well and will start to peel within a few days.

The plastic, on the other hand, will stay on for a long time, but my skin clearly doesn’t like it and will look red and irritated within the first day.

So I tend to gravitate towards fabric patches that Skin Grip provides.

Some have suggested that I just add some Skin Tac Glue (an additional body adhesive) under some of the other patches to make them stick better. I guess I could do that, but why not choose one that will stick comfortably by itself?

I do sometimes use an Adhesive remover. Uni-Solve Adhesive Remover Wipes easily remove the patches and any residue adhesive after the 10 days that the Dexcom G7 lasts.

Since the patch sticks so well, it’s a great way of easily removing the patch (especially if you apply the patch in a place with body hair).

Woman in park with CGM patch on leg

Patch Ease of Use

It clearly shouldn’t require an advanced degree to apply a CGM patch, but if you have 10 thumbs like I do or like to place the patch in places that are hard to reach (like the back of the arm), it can be a little tricky.

With some patches, it’s quite tricky to get the patch off the paper that protects the adhesive. Some patches, like the Dexcom G7 overlay tape that comes in the box, even require that you remove the whole piece of paper before applying it to the skin.

The issue with removing all of the paper is that now you have a floppy and VERY sticky patch, and the likelihood of just gluing the patch to itself is high (yes, I’ve done that more than once).

What I like about Skin Grip is that the paper comes off in 4-5 sections, so you can choose to remove one or none of the paper pieces before you apply the patch to the skin.

I like to place it over the sensor and then remove one section, push it down on the skin to make sure it sticks, and then work my way around to the other sections. Works like a charm and I haven’t had to discard a single patch yet from having it adhere to itself.

This method also means that I can apply it with one hand, without help. So I can wear my sensor on my arm without having to ask my husband for help every time I want to change a patch.

You can see how I put the Skin Grip on a Dexcom G6 in this video:

Patch Affordability

Let’s face it, living with diabetes is very expensive in most countries, so CGM patches are not really something I can spend a ton of money on.

I’ve tried other patches with intricate designs, and they are fun, but I don’t want to spend $3-4 per patch on a regular basis.

A pack of Skin Grip patches is $24.99-29.99 and includes 20 single-use patches. That’s only $1.25-$1.50 per patch, which is very affordable relative to the other patches currently available on the market.

Skin Grip also launched some special edition patches (see their Classic collection). Those are a bit more expensive at $24.99 for 10 patches.

You can use code DIABETESSTRONG for 10% off on the Skin Grip website.

Christel exercising with her Skin Grip on the arm


The final thing I consider when it comes to patches is the design. That includes how they are cut and what they look like.

For Dexcom G7, I prefer an overlay tape without the cutout for the transmitter, and Skin Grip has that available. It doesn’t reduce the sensor signal and it completely secures the sensor.

I also enjoy the vibrant colors; I don’t remember the last time I bought a “tan” overlay tape. If you want to try different colors, they have a “rainbow” pack with 10 different fun colors.

On the beach with Skin Grip

Where to get your SkinGrip

SkinGrip can be purchased on the SkinGrip website or on Amazon. They provide patches for Dexcom G6 and G7, Medtronic Guardian and Enlite, Abbott Freestyle Libre 2 and 3,  Insulet OnmiPod and infusion sets.

You can use code DIABETESSTRONG for 10% off on the Skin Grib website.