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To the Editor.—
We have been using the new Clearon Skin Closures by Ethicon in our office for several months. They are effective for holding wound edges together after suture removal and seem superior to SteriStrips by 3M Company in their transparency. We feel it is important to see the wound edge when applying the strips, especially when strips are used in lieu of sutures.At first, we used Hollister Medical Adhesive on the skin around the wound edge to increase the holding power of the tapes and the length of time the tapes would stay in place. This was the same technique we had used for the Steri-Strips. We quickly found that Clearon Skin Closures fell off in a day or two. On investigating the problem, it became apparent that there is a basic chemical incompatibility between the polyacrylic adhesive used in Clearon Skin Closures and the polysiloxane adhesive
Stegman SJ, Tromovitch TA. Skin Closures. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(8):1134. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640080136041