SKYN Non-Latex Condoms

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

LifeStyles SKYN condoms are one of only a handful of available brands of non-latex condoms. These polyisoprene condoms were FDA approved in 2008 for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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SKYN Features and Benefits

Polyisoprene condoms are one of the more recent condom options on the market. According to LifeStyles, the polyisoprene that is used to make SKYN condoms is created in a laboratory and is specially treated to give it crosslinks — these crosslinks allow the polyisoprene to stretch much more.

This special treatment also helps the condoms to recover their original shape after being stretched. Compared to polyurethane condoms, SKYN condoms are:

  • Softer
  • More form-fitting
  • A little thicker
  • Stretchier
  • More resistant to breakage

Since they are not made from latex, SKYN condoms are a great alternative if you (or your partner) have a latex allergy. Even people who can use latex condoms still prefer to buy SKYN condoms because they offer a unique sensation and increased sensitivity.


SKYN condoms come in these three varieties:

  • Original
  • Extra Lubricated
  • Intense Feel (these have raised dots for maximum female stimulation)

Polyisoprene Advantages

Polyisoprene is a natural rubber and contains many of the same chemical properties as latex. It is a synthetic version of a material derived from the sap of the hevea tree.

According to the LifeStyles website, the polyisoprene in SKYN condoms does not contain the natural proteins that are usually the cause of people's latex allergies. The molecules in polyisoprene are very different—this is what allows SKYN condoms to give you a natural, soft feeling.

SKYN condoms are also manufactured in a separate facility, away from latex condoms. This lowers the risk of any cross-contamination.

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.


SKYN condoms are rigorously tested and meet all safety standards. The effectiveness of non-latex SKYN condoms is the same as latex condoms. This means that SKYN condoms have a 86%-97% protection rate (the protection rate depends on typical, inconsistent use or perfect, consistent use).

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, therefore, always remember to check the expiration date before use.

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