I was just curious to see if problems with Walker No Shine seem to be common (skin rashes, irritation, etc). By no means do I want to claim that this tape causes them, but I've had two different people tell me they had a reaction to it through email and I now realize that is what caused my reaction several months ago.
My favorite tape used to be ST-30...but it ended up discontinued, so I switched to Walker No Shine and loved the hold and dull appearance compared to other tapes. Shortly after using it, I noticed irritation develop that was in the exact shape of the tape (at the front hairline). I thought that I had not used enough alcohol to release and just irritated my skin when I removed, but it was very persistent so I wore a baseball cap on my vacation from work for a few days to try and get rid of it (along with using Neosporin on the area). It finally cleared up after having a while without adhesive there.
I switched back to blue liner only because I was low on the Walker's roll (blue liner is an old favorite of mine, but not my favorite clean up) and the irritation never came back. I recently switched back to Walker No Shine and my skin was not happy and I literally had to take my piece off after a couple days because of a very uncomfortable itch/stinging feeling at the hairline. I now pretty much know my skin does not care for this tape. That with a couple others mentioning similar issues makes me wonder if this hasn't caused some irritation to many others by chance?
Again, if you are using it and it doesn't bother you....please don't freak out, this could just be something that was just coincidence with myself and a couple others. Also, if you've never tried it, don't let this scare you away....everyone is different and this may just be a few isolated incidents.
The one thing I was wondering (from those that maybe have had reactions) is if they are applying the tape to the lace first and then putting the piece on. I'm wondering if it has something to do with that...the roll tells you to apply the exposed side to your skin, but I don't attach like that so I'm using the opposite side and it may have an ingredient that's bugging me on that side.
Anyway, like many have said (and I feel the same way, I just don't personally always do it)....be sure to patch test any new adhesive before using it. If you put a small amount somewhere on your body and cover it with a band aid, it's a good test to see if it bothers your skin. It's better to find out that way than on your scalp.
This message has been edited by -Eric on Jun 12, 2012 12:49 AM
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