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SKYN – Non Latex Condoms


Updated May 23, 2014

SKYN – Non Latex Condoms

SKYN Condoms

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Definition: Lifestyles SKYN, non-latex condoms are a type of male condom. They are a birth control method that consists of a flexible sheath, made with polyisoprene (natural rubber) and are designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing 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 November 2008 for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Non-latex condoms are cheaper than polyurethane condoms but more expensive than latex condoms.

According to Lifestyles, the polyisoprene is created in a laboratory and is specially treated to give it crosslinks -- these allow the material to stretch more and help to recover the original shape after being stretched. Compared to polyurethane condoms, SKYN condoms are:

  • Softer
  • More form fitting
  • A little thicker
  • Stretchier
  • More resistant to breakage
Though SKYN condoms are a great alternative for people with latex allergies, due to the unique sensation and sensitivity allowed by polyisoprene condoms, even some who can use latex condoms still prefer to use SKYN.

Polyisoprene is a natural rubber that is chemically the same as latex, yet these polyisoprene condoms do not contain the natural proteins that usually cause people's latex allergies. Non-latex condoms have a shelf life of three years.

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Pronunciation: SKYN [skin] pol•y•i•so•prene [pol-ee-ahy-suh-preen] con•dom [kon-duhm]

Also Known As: SKYN, Lifestyles SKYN, non latex condoms, polyisoprene condoms, rubbers, prophylactics, safes, protection and jimmies


Since my partner is allergic to latex condoms, we can use SKYN condoms to protect against an unintended pregnancy and STDs.


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