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Best Skin Care Products for Managing Incontinence

Mar 14, 2024 9:21:10 AM / by ABC Medical

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If you live with urinary incontinence, skin care should be a major part of your self-care routine. What starts as an annoying rash can quickly turn into an uncomfortable and potentially serious case of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD).

IAD happens when the ammonia from urine leakage changes the pH (acid) levels in the fragile skin of the perineum—the area between the anus and genitals. IAD breaks down the protective layers of your skin, leading to tiny cracks and fissures that can become inflamed, irritated or infected.

Friction is also a factor. Clothing, harsh wiping or inadequate absorbent pads can make the problem worse. You'll know IAD is flaring up if you have:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Blisters
  • Rash
  • Rough skin patches
Leaving IAD untreated can cause pain, disrupted sleep, mobility problems or chronic pressure wounds. That’s why control and prevention are key. Fortunately, new skin care products for incontinence are coming out every day. Let’s look at some of the top incontinence skin care products on the market today.

Cleansing Products

Eliminating IAD starts with keeping the skin as clean as possible—gently. Wiping alone isn’t always enough, and ordinary soaps and body wipes can alter the pH levels in your skin even more.

There are several kinds of gentle and effective cleansers on the market: foams, sprays and lotions, to name a few. Many manufacturers also offer pre-treated wipes that require no water or rinsing—perfect to carry wherever you go.

When you’re choosing a cleanser, look for a product with a pH level of 4-6, which is close to healthy skin. Use it after every episode of incontinence, then pat the skin dry.

Creams, Ointments and Barrier Films

In addition to keeping the perineal area clean, add a skin protectant for an extra layer of preventative comfort. These products place a soothing layer between your skin and urinary irritants by keeping moisture out and reducing friction.

You’ll see one or more of these ingredients in an effective incontinence cream:

  • Zinc oxide
  • Dimethicone
  • Lanolin
  • Petrolatum

Barrier films create an invisible, long-lasting barrier that’s impermeable, breathable and flexible. This breakthrough product uses acrylate-based polymers that safely adhere to damaged skin. The film is packaged as a single-use applicator sponge, an aerosol or pump spray or disposable wipes. It doesn’t sting, it can’t be wiped away easily and one application can last for several days.

Choosing the right skin care

Maintaining healthy skin means being vigilant about preventing IAD and treating it fast when it happens. We carry a range of products from top brands, including TENA, Always, Poise, Tranquility, Prevail and Reassure. Safe and effective incontinence skin care products will keep you comfortable and active, so you can keep living your best life.

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Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For medical advice, please speak with your healthcare provider.



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