Can we absorb vitamins and minerals through our skin by using one of those multivitamin patches I have heard of?
Short answer: NO!
When we heard about 'multivitamin patches' that were being marketed to bariatric patients, we were skeptical because we remember the 'spray vitamins' similarly targeting us a few years back that also turned out to be bogus - the FDA and Attorney General of several states thought so too.
We consulted with experts regarding 'patch multivitamins', all of whom emphatically said that none of the claims made by the patch company were true. Not a single word. They even underscored that what these companies are proposing is biochemically impossible, as the skin is a very good seal against water-soluble organics, which is why you can't get drunk on alcohol through your skin.
It's also a good barrier against ion transfer, or else a few hours in the ocean would dehydrate and kill you. Again, your skin is a protective barrier.
Think of all the things you come in contact with during your day - if these materials passed through the skin, it could in many instances mean death.
Most vitamins and minerals fall into these two categories and anybody claiming nutrient absorption through a known protective barrier had better produce studies to back it up - the burden of proof is upon the patch companies, as their claims go against widely accepted and well known medical facts.
One pharmacological expert went further to say that the people responsible for the bariatric vitamin patches 'are either willfully fraudulent or just plain stupid, but either way are a second away from an FDA Warning Letter or FTC action'.
Use your judgment and please be careful of this kind of stuff. You cannot fit the entire world of nutrition on the back of a band aid. It does not make sense that you could tape a packet of pulverized vitamins to your arm and have all that material magically move through your skin and into your body. You cannot absorb the amount of minerals needed after bariatric surgery through a 'sticker'.
People who have had bariatric surgery are often looking for something easy and defend this product because they want to believe. People cite nicotine, birth control and other medications used as prescribed treatments via patch dose - the difference is that the highly specialized transdermal medication patches available via prescription, are for a tiny amount of drugs, not several teaspoons of organic minerals. There is no comparison.
If you'd like to be compliant, there is no easy way out, you must swallow capsules or chew tablets. There is no magic pill and certainly no magic spray or sticker.