Top Tips For Healthy Skin When Living with Incontinence

Healthy skin is a physical barrier against the external environment. The pH balance of skin should be between 4.5 and 5.5 to discourage bacterial growth.

HOW TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A NORMAL pH BALANCE:
• Prevent changes to normal skin pH by cleaning up quickly after each episode of urine loss.
• Choose mild skin cleansers, moisturisers and sealants.
• Be aware that perspiration, in combination with continence pads and briefs, creates an extra risk factor for skin problems.

Do’s And Don’ts When Caring For Your Skin
• Always use the pads prescribed for you and make sure that they are fitted correctly
• Tell your nurse if your skin is wet when you change your incontinence pad
• Tell your nurse if you have eczema or psoriasis or are prone to other conditions that affect your skin
• Note the condition of your skin whilst using incontinence pads
• Tell your nurse if there are any changes to your skin.
• This would include if your skin becomes red, sore or broken.
• Tell your nurse if you are using any ointments or creams
• Wash your hands before and after changing your pad
• Don’t apply ointments or creams unless prescribed by your doctor or nurse.
• Don’t use talcum powder on your bottom or groin area. It can cause friction which may damage the skin and also affect how well your pad works.
• Don’t wear more than one pad at a time

Important advice
Oil based barrier creams may reduce the performance of the pads. If barrier creams must be used, they should be applied sparingly and only on areas that require treatment. Used products should be disposed of in the appropriate manner, they cannot be flushed down the toilet.

The iD range of products is available to buy from www.id-direct.com or via Ontex.

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