Skin Deep Science: Part 2 - Oral vs Patch Therapy

I’ll admit it, part 2 of this series took longer than anticipated! But only because we’ve been working on so many new things here at Patch V3, so I had to switch things around a bit.

Enough of my excuses, I’m excited to get back into this so let’s get started. Let’s talk about oral wellness versus dermal wellness like vitamin patches.

If you recall part one of the series, you’ll remember that I set out to inform people about transdermal therapy, how it works, and if it works.

If you haven't read part one, you can check it outhere.

This part of the series is dedicated to drawing a thicker line in the sand and separating what we know about oral supplementation and comparing it to transdermal wellness science to their core capabilities and benefits into the light.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not out to tell you you can only do one of the other. But I am trying to get some stigmas out in the open.

Ready? Let's do this.

Taking Oral Supplements

If you have ailments or your body needs a boost of certain minerals, hormones or vitamins, you can be sure that it’s available in pill form. In fact, a recent post by Statista states that in the U.S,prescription drug orders filled annually will reach 5 billion by 2025.

That’s right! 5 billion in one country, and we’re not counting over-the-counter purchases either. HUGE.

But I’m not here to dispute prescriptions, I’m more interested in talking about the cultural norm of pill-popping. From taking analgesics, vitamins and mood levelers, some people are simply used to corresponding pills to treatment.

And why not? Oral medication isn’t without its benefits, or it wouldn’t have made the advancements that it has over the years.

Using Oral Medication

For years, oral compresses have made it easy for people around the world to self-administer targeted medication to help them more easily get through the day. This is great as it offered people more freedom and peace of mind knowing that their aches and pains could be treated quickly.

The Benefits of Oral Administration  

  • - It’s simple and convenient
  • - It’s cost-effective
  • - It involves pain-free administration
  • - You don’t need specialist knowledge to use them

Add these reasons up and you can see why this and - let’s face it- any product would do well. Because that’s all people want. But that’s changed in the past few years as research and innovation have made people ask themselves if living off of pills is really the right answer.

The Downside of Oral Administration

    • Oral medication does have its drawbacks though. Although it’s seemingly the perfect delivery system, some drawbacks have led people to look outside of this now-traditional method to find ways more suited to their body and their lives.

      Oral medication cons are:

      • - Effects can be substantially delayed because of digestion
      • - Pills can be unpalatable or cause irritation
      • - Dosage can be easily ignored leading to complications
      • - Inefficient and incomplete absorption in most cases
      • - Drugs with extensive first-pass metabolism

      In the case of the last point, the first pass effect significantly reduces the bioavailability of some medications, which makes them much less effective than advertised.

Using Patch Supplements

Vitamin patches are one of many solutions available to you, the consumer, as an answer to the growing concern over taking oral medication. Let’s break down the pros and cons right now.

The Benefits of Dermal Administration

There has been a lot of hype over vitamin patches in the past few years. Yes, the technology has been around for a while as a contraceptive and as an anti-smoking aid; recently patches have found a new life in wellness circles.

Benefits are:

- Ease of use, wherever you are

- All-day, time-release benefits with one or multiple patches

- Very cost-effective

- Ignores the first-pass effect for increased bioavailability

- Water-resistant and durable so they don’t come off easily

- You know exactly what you’re getting

They fit more modern demands in wellness

Vitamin patches can help you do a bit of a spring cleaning in your medicine cabinet and in your daily wellness practices. A bottle of pills might be small but before you know it they have an entire shelf in your kitchen or your bathroom and you wonder how it got that far.

The Downside of Dermal Administration

As with everything, there’s always a downside to things. I find the cons of patches negligible but in some cases, it’s good to do your research.

Some cons are:

- Not widely available yet (online and specialty shops)

- People are skeptical that they even work

- It may be difficult if you have sensitive skin

- May come off in the pool or bathtub (although it hasn’t happened to me)

And honestly, slapping on a sticker becomes routine very quickly - much more than washing down pills has, anyway. All in all, the journey is mostly in convincing people to try something new, which isn’t always easy.

The fact is, whether it’s pills, patches, or something in between, we all need a boost and it’s important to discover the best ways to get it.

Transdermal Versus Oral - Who Wins?

The fact is that everyone can win. It’s a bit of a cheesy way to say that we’re all different and there’s beauty in balance. Some may find that vitamin patches are the way to go for them and I’ve seen some change their lifestyle to accommodate something easier and more manageable for boosting their energy like ourenergy patch.

Others can strike a balance between what they ingest and what they absorb, which can be a great way for people to turn the volume down on over-medicating with pills.

Others still might think patches are witchcraft and want nothing to do with them. We’re not here to judge!

But we’re happy to educate.

Skin Deep Science: Part 2 - Oral Vs Transdermal Therapy

I’ll admit it, part 2 of this series took longer than anticipated! But only because we’ve been working on so many new things here at Patch V3, so I had to switch things around a bit.

Enough of my excuses, I’m excited to get back into this so let’s get started. Let’s talk about oral wellness versus dermal wellness like vitamin patches.

If you recall part one of the series, you’ll remember that I set out to inform people about transdermal therapy, how it works, and if it works.

If you haven't read part one, you can check it outhere.

This part of the series is dedicated to drawing a thicker line in the sand and separating what we know about oral supplementation and comparing it to transdermal wellness science to their core capabilities and benefits into the light.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not out to tell you you can only do one of the other. But I am trying to get some stigmas out in the open.

Ready? Let's do this.

Taking Oral Supplements

If you have ailments or your body needs a boost of certain minerals, hormones or vitamins, you can be sure that it’s available in pill form. In fact, a recent post by Statista states that in the U.S,prescription drug orders filled annually will reach 5 billion by 2025.

That’s right! 5 billion in one country, and we’re not counting over-the-counter purchases either. HUGE.

But I’m not here to dispute prescriptions, I’m more interested in talking about the cultural norm of pill-popping. From taking analgesics, vitamins and mood levelers, some people are simply used to corresponding pills to treatment.

And why not? Oral medication isn’t without its benefits, or it wouldn’t have made the advancements that it has over the years.

Using Oral Medication

For years, oral compresses have made it easy for people around the world to self-administer targeted medication to help them more easily get through the day. This is great as it offered people more freedom and peace of mind knowing that their aches and pains could be treated quickly.

The Benefits of Oral Administration  

-It’s simple and convenient

- It’s cost-effective

- It involves pain-free administration

- You don’t need specialist knowledge to use them

Add these reasons up and you can see why this and - let’s face it- any product would do well. Because that’s all people want. But that’s changed in the past few years as research and innovation have made people ask themselves if living off of pills is really the right answer.

The Downside of Oral Administration

Oral medication does have its drawbacks though. Although it’s seemingly the perfect delivery system, some drawbacks have led people to look outside of this now-traditional method to find ways more suited to their body and their lives.

Oral medication cons are:

- Effects can be substantially delayed because of digestion

- Pills can be unpalatable or cause irritation

- Dosage can be easily ignored leading to complications

- Inefficient and incomplete absorption in most cases

- Drugs with extensive first-pass metabolism

In the case of the last point, the first pass effect significantly reduces the bioavailability of some medications, which makes them much less effective than advertised.

Using Patch Supplements

Vitamin patches are one of many solutions available to you, the consumer, as an answer to the growing concern over taking oral medication. Let’s break down the pros and cons right now.

The Benefits of Dermal Administration

There has been a lot of hype over vitamin patches in the past few years. Yes, the technology has been around for a while as a contraceptive and as an anti-smoking aid; recently patches have found a new life in wellness circles.

Benefits are:

- Ease of use, wherever you are

- All-day, time-release benefits with one or multiple patches

- Very cost-effective

- Ignores the first-pass effect for increased bioavailability

- Water-resistant and durable so they don’t come off easily

- You know exactly what you’re getting

- They fit more modern demands in wellness

Vitamin patches can help you do a bit of a spring cleaning in your medicine cabinet and in your daily wellness practices. A bottle of pills might be small but before you know it they have an entire shelf in your kitchen or your bathroom and you wonder how it got that far.

The Downside of Dermal Administration

As with everything, there’s always a downside to things. I find the cons of patches negligible but in some cases, it’s good to do your research.

Some cons are:

- Not widely available yet (online and specialty shops)

- People are skeptical that they even work

- It May be difficult if you have sensitive skin

- May come off in the pool or bathtub (although it hasn’t happened to me)

Transdermal Versus Oral - Who Wins?

The fact is that everyone can win. It’s a bit of a cheesy way to say that we’re all different and there’s beauty in balance. Some may find that vitamin patches are the way to go for them and I’ve seen some change their lifestyle to accommodate something easier and more manageable for boosting their energy like ourenergy patch.

Others can strike a balance between what they ingest and what they absorb, which can be a great way for people to turn the volume down on over-medicating with pills.

Others still might think patches are witchcraft and want nothing to do with them. We’re not here to judge!

But we’re happy to educate.

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