The Benefits of SKYN Condoms for Sensitive Partners

LifeStyles SKYN condoms are the original brand of non-latex condoms. They are a male birth control method and consist of a flexible sheath that is made with polyisoprene, a synthetic form of natural rubber latex. SKYN condoms are designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraception or to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

LifeStyles SKYN condoms are one of a handful of brands of non-latex condoms now on the market. These condoms are among those approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

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 Condoms Ingredients 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

Even 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.

Varieties 

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

  • Original
  • Thin and Sensitive (some styles are 15% thinner than original condoms)
  • Extra Lubricated
  • Enhanced Pleasure (these have raised dots for greater stimulation)
  • Flavored condoms
  • Extra large varieties

Where Can I Buy SKYN Condoms?

SKYN condoms are available online, either directly from the manufacturer or through other retail outlets like CVS and Target. They're also stocked in many neighborhood stores. Expect to pay a little more for SKYN brands than you might for other types, but less than the 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 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.

Summary

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 you to prevent STI transmission. SKYN brands and other condoms can help you and your sexual partners to experience safer sex.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How likely are SKYN condoms to break?

    The estimates on condom failure due to breakage vary widely. The World Health Organization put the estimate at 2% in 2012 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. A common cause of breakage, though, is the fit and feel of a condom. This may lead to less breakage with SKYN products because of their stretchy materials and better-fitting design.

  • How much do SKYN condoms cost?

    The prices will vary based on where you shop. As an example, if you buy directly online from Lifestyles, a bundle of 36 condoms in three different styles will cost you about $21. A box of 12 in the ultra-thin design is $7 but the same product in 36-count is a little over $15.

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