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What are Moleskin Rolls?
Medline CURAD Adhesive Moleskin Rolls are large 9-inch by 4-yard bandage rolls for skin protection, preservation, and quickened healing. These rolls are made out of flexible, tan-colored flannel fabric with napped cotton backing. This combination of materials creates the cushion and comfort users look for in a bandage. The moleskin fabric is conveniently cut to size, so users can get the perfect fit for their specific needs. The adhesive feature of Moleskin Rolls allows the product to gently stick to the skin so the bandage is less likely to fall off. This feature can be especially helpful for a cut-to-fit bandage that takes up little surface area.
The bandage can be left on for up to seven days, so users don't have to constantly deal with the hassle of changing bandages. In addition, fewer moleskin bandage changes translate to saved money and resources.
Adhesives against the skin can cause discomfort and irritation. This is why Medline CURAD designed their adhesive moleskin rolls with a mild zinc oxide adhesive. This zinc oxide adhesive is gentle on the skin and doesn't pull hair like other, more aggressive adhesives. One version of this moleskin bandage (Medline NON5147, NON5147H) is made with natural rubber latex for added bandage flexibility. Customers who are allergic to latex will want to purchase the latex-free version of this bandage (Medline NON5148, NON5148H) or a different latex-free adhesive moleskin, such as the TT-61 Turf Toe Strap for reduced toe skin chafing and joint pain.
Why Is Moleskin Used?
Moleskin padding is a professional-grade first aid skin protectant that creates a buffer between the skin and other objects, such as shoes, braces, or casts. By preventing friction, pressure, and skin irritation, this type of padding can deter the development of chafing-related problems such as blisters, calluses, and corns. It is a great option especially for active users. For example, some users may have a pair of problem shoes or brand new shoes, such as ballet slippers, cleats, or hiking boots, that leave blisters every time they are worn. These users may want to use this product as a preventative measure to guard against future injuries.
Moleskin also protects skin that is already blistered or damaged in some other manner by creating a cushion between the damaged skin and the abrasive object. This can allow the damaged skin to heal faster and spares the user unnecessary harm and pain.
Some common protective and preventative uses include the following:
- Skin Protection
- Friction Prevention
- Shoe Chafing Prevention
- Under-Cast/Brace Cushioning
- Pressure Alleviation
- Pain Relief
Features and Benefits
- Flexible, Adhesive Bandage
- Professional Grade
- Tan-Colored Flannel Material
- Napped Cotton Backing
- Zinc Oxide Adhesive
- Adhesive Is Gentle on Skin
- 9 Inches x 4 Yards in Size
- Customizable Sizing
- Cut to Size
- Cushions Skin
- Can Be Used to Protect Skin
- Can Be Used to Prevent Chafing-Related Problems
- Can Be Left in Place for up to Seven Days
- Both Latex and Non-Latex Versions Available
How to Use for Blisters
In the case of pre-existing blisters, weakened skin might be ripped by adhesive moleskin. Users should use a bandage underneath the moleskin padding to prevent re-damaging the skin.
- Wash the area where the moleskin padding will be placed so it is clean and the bandages will adhere properly.
- Avoid popping blisters, as doing so could lead to an infection. If the blister is popped, clean it with water and soap. Cover the blister in petroleum jelly.
- Cover the blister loosely with a bandage. The bandage padding should be slightly raised over the blister.
- Cut a piece of padding into a donut shape. The hole in the middle should be sized so that the blister can sit within it.
- Place it on your skin so the hole encompasses the blister.
- Add another layer of padding or a bandage over the top of the donut-shaped padding.
- Keep the area covered and clean. Check the area to ensure that no infection is occurring. See a healthcare practitioner if your blister swells, becomes very red, or develops pus.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology. How to Prevent and Treat Blisters.
How to Use for Calluses and Corns
For Small Calluses and Corns
- Doctors recommend first soaking the callus or corn in warm water for five to 10 minutes. The skin should soften.
- Remove dead tissue with an emery board or a pumice stone. Be careful not to remove too much skin or an infection might occur.
- Moisturize the affected area with lotion or a moisturizing cream.
- Cut the moleskin padding into a donut shape so the internal hole fits around the corn or callus.
- Place this padding around the corn or callus.
For Calluses on the Ball of the Foot
- Follow steps one through three from the "For Small Calluses and Corns" section above.
- Cut the moleskin padding into the shape of the callus.
- Place the padding over the callus.
Source: Cleveland Clinic. Corns and Calluses: Management and Treatment. (2019, December 11).
How Do I Remove the Padding?
To remove, simply peel the moleskin off of your skin. Do so carefully as to not re-damage the affected area. Do not leave on for more than seven days. If the edges begin to curl up or attract lint, replace the moleskin as soon as possible.
- Manufacturer: Medline
- Brand: CURAD
- Product Numbers: NON5147, NON5148H
- Type: Zinc Oxide Adhesive
- Material: Flannel, Napped Cotton, Natural Rubber Latex (NON5147 and NON5147H only)
- Form: Roll
- Color: Tan
- Width: 9 Inches
- Length: 4 Yardes
- Contains Natural Rubber Latex: NON5147, NON5147H
- Does Not Contain Natural Rubber Latex: NON5148, NON5148H
- Sterile: No
- Application: Moleskin Padding
Manuals and Documents
- Product Brochure contains product specifications.
- Additional Information