Generally speaking, the patches work on most skin areas. However, you get the best effect if you put it on clean, dry and hairless skin and away from wounds.
The best and most common areas to attach nicotine patches to, are:
To ensure the most effective application, you should press the patch firmly on to the skin using the palm of your hand.
To avoid skin irritation, it’s recommended to apply the nicotine patch to a different area each time you apply a new patch. Allow a week until you again use a certain skin area and thus avoid skin irritation and itchiness.
Initially, it may feel odd to have something stuck to the skin, but most people get used to it after some time. It very quickly becomes a daily routine to remove and attach the nicotine patch.
If it feels odd or embarrassing to wear the patch, it’s really quite easy to hide it under the clothes. If so, choose a skin area where the patch is not visible. Trying to quit smoking and resist withdrawal symptoms is not easy – there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about using nicotine patches or other quit smoking products.