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Skin care with incontinence

Urine and also feces stress the skin of incontinent people considerably. Skin irritation and skin diseases can be the result. This problem is aggravated by age-related changes in the skin which is very susceptible to damages to the skin. Therefore thorough skin care is especially important in the care of people affected by incontinence.

To prevent skin irritation and diseases in the persons affected, not only regular changing of the incontinence aids (such as briefs or pads) but primarily thorough cleansing and care of the skin are especially important. Only cleansing and care products which were especially developed for elderly skin should be used.

For cleansing and care only products which were especially developed for elderly skin should be used

Just contact of the skin with water can lead to the dissolution of the skin’s protective acid mantle. Therefore it is better to use synthetic detergents or alkaline-free washing lotions (such as Menalind professional washing lotion) which have the pH value of skin and contain hydrating substances and thus prevent the skin from drying out and not any soap for cleansing. If the person in need of care suffers from fecal incontinence, cleansing foam has proven itself for cleansing and for removing incrusted feces. The foam is able to cleanse even heavily soiled parts of the skin quickly and gently.

After the skin was cleansed, special skin protection products should be put on it to protect it against external influences. Maceration of the skin and also allergies can be the result when unprotected skin is additionally stressed. Therefore only products which were especially developed for elderly skin should be used for skin protection. Milking grease or Vaseline are less suitable. For example the skin protection cream and skin protector from the Menalind professional series provide effective protection against the influence of damaging substances from urine or feces. The creatine in the skin protection cream forms a protective surface film on the skin. The foam of the skin protector is absorbed in the corneal layer and forms a neticular protective film there.