With the warm and humid summer months in Canada, many of our
customers find that they start to experience new skin health issues, or existing
ones get worse.
The perineal area (think of the area that fits inside of
your toilet seat when sitting down) is much more delicate than people think.
The skin in this area is thin, sensitive, and exposed to bacteria from urine
While managing incontinence, your adult diaper, absorbent
underwear or incontinence pad can trap moisture against your skin, particularly
if it’s not changed promptly when soiled.
Many people assume that regular toilet paper is “good enough”
to clean the perineum, and that soap and water in the shower is sufficient to
maintain good skin health. But urine and/or feces and the drying effect of soap
and water can quickly lead to itching, rash, and ultimately skin breakdown if
Get ahead of perineal skin problems and keep your delicate
parts healthy with these simple skin care tips for incontinence!
Wipes - Disposable wet wipes or wash clothes are a popular
option as they’re convenient and can easily be tossed in the trash. When purchasing,
look specifically for those designed for incontinence, as they will neutralize surface
soil. Adult washcloths are slightly more expensive than baby wipes but are
adult-sized, meaning that you use far fewer of them. As always, remember to
wipe from front to back so fecal contamination isn’t introduced into your
Helpful Tip: Wipes should always be disposed of in the
trash, not flushed down the toilet, where they can cause big (and expensive!)
plumbing problems for you or your local sewer system.
Perineal Cleanser – A more cost-effective and eco-friendly
option than wipes, perineal cleansers are either wipe on/off or wash/rinse/dry
with a cloth. They’re specially designed to neutralize urine and odour caused
Helpful Tip: Keep a
stack of inexpensive face cloths and a lined waste basket with a lid in the
washroom for the used cloths, to reduce odours between laundering.
If you’re not able to use a incontinence-specific cleanser,
you may find that the soap and water is drying to your perineum. A simple and
inexpensive incontinence moisturizer designed specifically for this delicate
area can reduce itching and rashes.
Helpful Tip: Make sure that the moisturizer is fully
absorbed and not tacky to the touch before putting your adult diaper/underwear/pad
Barrier Cream/Ointment - Barrier creams are designed to
protect the skin from irritation caused by stool, urine, or excessive moisture.
While many people reach for standard “diaper cream” like petroleum jelly,
incontinence-specific products are far better for protecting the skin and
reducing odours, and because so little is needed at each application, they’re
well worth the cost.
Helpful Tip: No matter what cream or ointment you choose,
use the smallest amount possible, generally only the size of a pea. Applying
large amounts can actually rub off onto your absorbent underwear or adult brief
and reduce it’s ability to absorb urine!
Anti-Bacterial or Anti-Fungal Creams
If you find that you’re experiencing substantial rashes, have
increased redness or itchiness, or have developed a persistent unpleasant odour,
its important that you consult with your doctor or nurse practitioner as you
may need a anti-bacterial or anti-fungal cream to treat a more serious infection.
Not convinced that incontinence-specific products are better?
Try them free!
For a limited time, Healthwick is including a trial of TENA Moisturizing Lotion and TENA Barrier Cream FREE in all paid orders! Simply
shop online or by phone to receive this special offer at no charge. While Supplies Last