How Do Vitamin Patches Work?

How Do Vitamin Patches Work?

May 16, 2023 Alex Brecher

Vitamin patches are becoming more popular, but how do they work? Clearly, the way they work is different from vitamin pills. You don’t swallow them, and you don’t digest them. So how do they work? Here’s what you should know about vitamin patches and how they work. As you consider which supplements to use, be sure to talk to a healthcare provider for best results and safety. 

Parts of a Vitamin Patch

First off, what’s a vitamin patch? Here are the components of PatchAid vitamin patches. 

  • There is an outer, adhesive layer that sticks to your skin. 
  • There are active ingredients suspended in a matrix. They can include vitamins, minerals, herbal ingredients, hormones, and other compounds.
  • The adhesive portion is covered by a protective backing that you peel off when it’s time to apply the patch to your skin. The backing is easy to peel off due to PatchAid’s innovative technology, so there’s no concern over it ripping or wrecking the patch when you’re ready to use it.

Just as important as what is in vitamin patches is what is not in PatchAid patches. They are free from gluten, soy, and sugar. They’re also hypoallergenic and free from latex.

Transdermal Absorption from Vitamin Patches

When you think of nutrition, you may think of food. When you think of vitamins, you may think of food or oral supplements, such as capsules, tablets, gummies, or liquid vitamins. When it comes to nutrients in foods and oral supplements, you swallow them and allow them to go through your digestive system for absorption into your bloodstream.

The way nutrients get to you from vitamin patches is a little different. The active ingredients get to your bloodstream via transdermal absorption, not through the gastrointestinal tract or the digestive process. Instead, when you apply the patch to your skin, the active ingredients are activated. They go across your skin into tiny blood vessels called capillaries. From there, they can enter larger blood vessels and go around your body via circulation.

There can be some concerns when taking oral supplements. Using patches can avoid these concerns, such as the following.

  • Upset stomach due to digestion and absorption.
  • Nutrients competing for absorption through the gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Taking vitamins with or without food. 
  • Swallowing large capsules or chewing chalky or unpleasant-tasting tablets. 

With patches, these aren’t a concern. 

Using PatchAid Patches

Using PatchAid Patches is easy and convenient. You can apply them to any area of skin that’s smooth, dry, and clean. Hairless areas are best, and it’s best to avoid putting a patch on skin that has lotion on it. The patches come in light brown or clear versions, but you can choose to put them on skin that’s hidden by clothes if you prefer.

Patches are flexible and sweat-proof. When wearing your patch or patches, you can exercise, shower, sleep, and do anything else you need to do. After eight hours, you can simply remove the patch, fold it in half, and discard it. Then repeat with a new patch the next day. 

Now that you know what vitamin patches are and how they work, it’s time to give them a try! PatchAid has vitamin patches ranging from multivitamins to specific vitamins to , and with special nutrient and herbal formulas targeting a variety of goals.* Remember that you can use up to eight patches at a time, so work with your healthcare provider to figure out which ones may be best for you. Then see how vitamin patches can change your life!

*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. PatchAid products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone with a medical condition should seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.


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