SKYN Condoms: A Non-Latex Condom Option

Feeling, Ingredients, Price, and Benefits

LifeStyles SKYN condoms are the original brand of non-latex condoms. These condoms are made of polyisoprene, a synthetic form of natural rubber latex. Polyisoprene is safe for those with a latex allergy and offers a natural feel during sex.

SKYN condoms are designed to cover the penis or a sex toy during sexual intercourse and are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for birth control and STD protection.

This article discusses the benefits of SKYN condoms. It also compares their use among condom alternatives touted as the best-feeling brands.

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SKYN Condom Material and Benefits

Polyisoprene condoms are made without latex. This makes SKYN condoms a great alternative if you or your partner have a latex allergy, which may occur in up to 7.6% of the general population.

According to manufacturer LifeStyles, its SKYNFEEL polyisoprene is created in the laboratory. The company produces these latex-free products in a totally separate facility from its other brands so that there's no possibility of contamination.

The proprietary material changes how the SKYN brands perform and feel. When compared with polyurethane condoms, SKYN condoms are designed to be:

  • Softer
  • More form-fitting
  • More stretchy
  • More resistant to breakage

Some people who can use latex condoms still prefer to buy SKYN condoms because they offer a unique sensation and increased sensitivity. The brand's ingredients include:

  • No animal-based derivatives, making them attractive for vegans
  • Flavorings made from food-grade materials safe for humans
  • Depending on the condom, the addition of aloe vera, glycerin, silicone, and other elements
  • No Nonoxynol-9, an additive to kill sperm that may reduce contraceptive benefits

Are Non-Latex Condoms Effective?

Lifestyles assures users that SKYN condoms are as effective as latex condoms. Condom use overall offers an 86% to 97% protection rate, depending on how correctly they are used. Keep in mind that non-latex SKYN condoms have a shelf life of about three years for those with spermicide and five years for those without spermicide.

Skyn Condom Varieties and Sizes 

SKYN condoms come in a range of varieties. They include:

  • SKYN Original
  • SKYN Elite (15% thinner than original variety)
  • SKYN Elite Large
  • SKYN Elite Extra Lube
  • SKYN Excitation (with studs and a cooling effect)
  • SKYN Selection (assorted)

SKYN condoms come in two different sizes:

  • SKYN Original, Elite, Elite Lube, and Excitation condoms have a width of 53 millimeters (mm), which is about 2 inches.
  • SKYN Elite Large condoms are longer and wider, with a width of 56 mm (or 2.2 inches).

If you are not sure which condom size is right for you, use a condom size chart to help you find the right one. A properly fitting condom is important not just to comfort, but efficacy.

Where Can I Buy SKYN Condoms?

SKYN condoms are available online, either directly from the manufacturer or online retailers, as well as in drugstores. Expect to pay a little more for SKYN condoms than you might for latex types, but less than polyurethane options.

How to Use SKYN Condoms

You use SKYN condoms like any other condom. Although SKYN condoms come pre-lubricated, if you prefer, you can safely add extra lubrication.

Both water-based lubricants (like Wet Gellee and Astroglide) and silicone-based lubricants can be used with polyisoprene condoms. You should not use oil-based lubricants with SKYN condoms, as they can degrade the material.

As with other condoms, correct use is important. Be sure that you:

  • Are using the right condom product, checking the expiration date and air bubble in the package.
  • Open the package carefully and choose the correct side.
  • Unroll the condom onto the penis or sex toy, leaving space at the top for fluid if necessary.
  • Hold the condom when removing it and safely discard it.

Are Condoms Safe for Anal Sex?

Lifestyles markets its SKYN products as safe for anal sex. However, the first condom specifically indicated to reduce STI transmission during anal sex was approved by the FDA in February 2022. The FDA says all other approved brands, including SKYN's, may continue to be used for pregnancy and STI prevention.


SKYN condoms, a Lifestyles brand, are latex-free. This makes them a good option for people who have latex allergies or have sex with those who do.

They're made with polyisoprene, a synthetic version of natural rubber latex. The SKYN brand comes in a range of varieties that offer protection against pregnancy and STIs.

You can expect SKYN condoms to be as safe and effective as other types, provided they are used correctly and consistently when having sex.

A Word From Verywell

While other methods of contraception like birth control pills may protect against pregnancy, they cannot help prevent sexually transmitted infection transmission. SKYN brands and other condoms can help you and your sexual partners enjoy safer sex.

If you don't know how to use a condom, don't be embarrassed to ask your healthcare provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How likely are SKYN condoms to break?

    The World Health Organization puts the estimate of condom failure due to breakage at 2%, but the real-world rates are much higher. It depends on what type of sex you have (anal sex may lead to more breakage) and what type of condom you use. Since SKYN condoms are very stretchy and fit well, they may not break as easily as other options.

  • How much do SKYN condoms cost?

    The prices will vary based on where you shop, what style you purchase, and in what quantity. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay about $7 for a 12-count box.

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By Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC
Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC, is a published author, college professor, and mental health consultant with over 15 years of counseling experience.