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Senior Health Tip #28: Protecting Skin Is An Important Part Of Incontinence Solutions

There are as many incontinence products—from adult liners to disposable briefs, from light absorbencies to overnight diapers—as there are causes of urinary incontinence. But containing liquid is only part of the solution. Your skin needs to be protected with incontinence aids to prevent other medical issues.

Whether you’re managing urge incontinence or overactive bladder, exposure to the waste products of incontinence puts skin at risk. Incontinence solutions include not just using absorbent incontinence products, but also the right skin care products to prevent skin damage, discomfort and pain, all of which impact quality of life. Research has found that replacing soap-and-water cleansing (which strips skin of natural protective oils) with a no-rinse cleanser and a barrier product offers the protection skin needs and actually takes less time and caregiver effort. Barrier products include barrier creams, ointments, pastes and films. The best incontinence products counteract pH changes caused by incontinence, make cleansing easier, eliminate germs and limit skin’s exposure to the irritants in urinary and fecal matter. This level of skin care is particularly important for older people whose skin is naturally less resilient, more prone to damage and slower to heal.
 

 
From the Parentgiving Store
Featured Products To Protect Your Skin
 
 
  Viraguard® Antimicrobial Hand Wipes
BAZA Protect Occlusive Skin Protectant Cream
This occlusive skin protection cream relieves irritated skin with a zinc oxide-based formula that contains dimethicone. It’s suggested for light to medium incontinence.
 
 
  3M™ Avagard™ Instant Hand Antiseptic With Moisturizers
Cottonelle Wipes
These pre-moistened, flushable wipes from Kleenex have a cottony soft feel and won’t harm sewer or septic systems. The economy-sized case of 12 packs totals 504 wipes.
 
 
  Citrus II Germicidal Cleaner & Deodorizer
Cavilon One-Step Skin Care Lotion
A better choice than soap and water, this lotion can be used for general bathing as well as incontinence cleansing. It leaves a non-occlusive, gentle protectant barrier to help prevent dry skin; 8-ounce spray bottle.
 
 
  Citrus II Germicidal Cleaner & Deodorizer
Coloplast Prep Medicated Protective Skin Barrier Wipe
These wipes shield skin from irritants with a thin film or second skin wherever added protection is needed. Fast drying, non-cracking and non-peeling, they still allow skin to breathe; box of 54.
 
 
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