Caring For Your Skin When You hAve Incontinence

Most people assume that regular cleansing with soap and water is all that is needed to protect the skin and prevent odor. Special cleansers which remove urine and stool without the need for scrubbing and which are not drying to the skin, no matter how often they are used each day, are important to people with incontinence.

Skin Care Products

  • Wet Wipe/Wash Cloth. A non-irritating cleanser in handy, disposable wipes. Gently dissolves irritants.
  • Perineal Cleanser. Soapless, non-irritating cleansers. Gently dissolves and removes feces and urine. Many contain deodorizers in their formulas. Specifically seek out perineal cleansers formulated especially for delicate skin.
  • Moisturizing Cream/Lotion. Protective moisturizer formulated especially for the perineal area.
  • Barrier Cream/Ointment. Barrier creams are designed to protect the skin from irritation caused by stool, urine, or excessive moisture. While many of the products have a lanolin or petrolatum base, caregivers of individuals at risk of skin breakdown from pressure ulcers due to immobility should seek the advice of a nurse specialist in the selection of appropriate products.
  • Film Forming Skin Protectorant. Film forming skin protectorants are packaged in the form of wipes, aerosol spray, pump spray, and on applicator sponges. When the film dries, a clear invisible barrier is left to protect the skin from irritation.
  • Antibacterial/Antifungal Cream. Cream application with non-prescription strength ingredients to topically treat bacterial or fungal skin infections.