Is Micropore Tape Waterproof?

No, micropore tape is not waterproof.

It is a surgical tape designed to secure dressings to skin. 

It therefore needs to be breathable, this means that it will let water through. While it can handle a small amount of damp without failing, it is not designed to deal with a complete soaking. 

is micropore tape waterproof

Micropore is made from a woven non-elasticated viscose fabric which is coated with acrylic adhesive, this type of tape will absorb water which will eventually cause the adhesive to fail. 

It can handle sweat up to a point, if you are exercising intensely and are sweating profusely then micropore tape may struggle to stay attached.

This means you shouldn’t go swimming or take a shower with it on as it will fall off, instead remove the dressing prior to your shower and then reapply a fresh dressing afterward. 

You can read more about waterproof tapes that you can use on skin here.

Alternatively, you could use a waterproof bandage or an actual waterproof tape such as Gorilla tape or flex tape to tape a plastic bag or similar over the wound to keep it dry while you wash.

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