I’m a fan of adhesive removers because they can make appliances changes easy and more comfortable.
Today, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover Spray.
The spray used for this review was purchased through my online ostomy product supplier.
About the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover Spray
Hollister not only has a strong ostomy appliance lineup, but they also make various supplies and accessories ranging from pouch deodorants (some good, some bad), barrier wipes, stoma powder; and of course, adhesive remover.
Adhesive remover sprays tend to all look very similar both in shape and capacity.
The Adapt adhesive remover comes in a metal can with a large, plastic spray nozzle. The nozzle is covered by a cap that’s secure and easy to remove.
The capacity is 50ml, which is important if you plan to bring one along in your carry-on luggage when flying. The small size also makes it easy to grip and handle.
While not all adhesive remover sprays can boast this feature, this product can be used at any angle, which could prove to be helpful when you’re trying to unstick something that might be in an awkward place.
Unlike the Eakin Release Spray, this product doesn’t come in any special scents or ingredients to sooth your skin.
Hollister has confirmed that this spray, as well as their adhesive remover wipes, are free of animal ingredients.
Using this product
Spray adhesive removers work great for removing wafers, medical tape, or other dressings that stick to your skin.
If I’m removing my appliance, I find that peeling the top edge of my wafer allows me to spray the adhesive remover so it can get under the appliance more easily.
As I continue to peel, I may continue to use more of the spray, but it is easy to apply too much if you aren’t careful.
The same technique can be used to remove medical tape as well, which I find seems to always leave a sticky mess unless I’m using an adhesive remover.
Alternatively, if I only need to remove adhesive residue, which happens a lot with certain barrier rings, I’ll apply a bit of the spray to gauze and then use that to wipe the residue off.
Does it work?
Yes, it works rather well!
Not that I’m surprised since nearly every spray adhesive remover has worked perfectly.
The spray actuator is easy to press and delivers a stream that is fairly narrow and easy to control; I’d estimate the stream to be approx. 15-20 degrees wide.
You can’t really adjust the flow rate of the spray, so it may spray too in some cases. Personally, I like to press the spray nozzle in short bursts for better control.
The spray itself has an odor to it that reminds me of weak nail polish. I do find it slightly stronger smelling than other similar sprays, so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to that kind of thing.
Once it’s on your skin, it quickly evaporates and leaves no lasting residue, however, I still clean the area around my stoma after using it.
At the time of this writing (Jan 2018), the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover spray can be purchased for around CDN$33, which is much higher than other adhesive remover sprays like the Coloplast Brava or Niltac spray. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of adhesive removers.
Nearly all adhesive remover sprays work well, including this one.
There are no outstanding or unique features that set this product apart from all the other brands, so it ultimately comes down to cost and availability.
If you can find another adhesive remover spray that’s cheaper, go for that one. If all prices are equal, or if your insurance company covers the cost of your supplies, then any (including this one) will work fine.
Not everyone will need an adhesive remover, but many people will find it an invaluable part of their routine that makes appliance changes easier and with less pain!