Avoiding and treating skin irritation
Incontinence is irritating and distressing on so many levels. Often, your skin bears the brunt of the irritation but it’s not an inevitable consequence of incontinence. There are ways to avoid and treat skin irritation due to incontinence. First, let’s take a look at why your skin is complaining.
Skin irritation and incontinence
Skin is your largest organ and your first line of defence against bacteria and infection. It tends to be in best shape when it is kept clean, dry and in its natural pH.
Unfortunately, incontinence changes your skin and disrupts its environment. When it is regularly exposed to urine and faeces along with frequent washing, your skin’s protective barrier (the acid protection mantle) is weakened.
That can trigger a vicious circle of painful irritation, inflammation and infection called incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD).1 What starts off as a minor rash can rapidly become something that causes discomfort and distress.2 When that already irritated skin is exposed to more urine or faeces, you may see redness, experience itching, tingling and/or a painful, burning sensation. As the skin breaks down, you become more vulnerable to bacterial or fungal infections.
No one wants to be in that position. So, how can you avoid skin irritation (or treat it if it happens)?
Clean, protect and care with MoliCare®
MoliCare Skin is a comprehensive, 3-step routine that helps you clean, protect and care for your skin in order to make it healthier.
It’s important to keep your skin clean and dry – but not with soap and water.
The acid protection mantle, the skin’s natural barrier, can be damaged by both repeated washing as well as the alkaline properties of most soaps. That’s why for incontinence affected skin, it’s important to clean with products designed to help you avoid the damage caused by frequent washing.
pH-balanced products such as MoliCare’s:
MoliCare’s products are specifically formulated to clean irritated skin gently while helping you maintain a healthy skin pH.
The first step to protecting your skin is to choose the right absorbent product for your needs. Each person’s needs are different. Try our product finder to find the right solution for you and then order a few samples and take them for a dry run.
Once you’re wearing your chosen product, remember to change it as soon as it is wet or soiled to remove the source of skin irritation.
After you’ve cleaned up with MoliCare’s Cleansing Foam and Moist Skin Care Tissues, gently apply a thin layer of pH-balanced Barrier Cream or Protection Foam to nourish and protect the area from moisture and irritants. The MoliCare Skin Barrier Cream and Protection Foam are specially formulated not to clog your chosen continence product so that it can do its job of absorbing urine quickly.
MoliCare Skin Barrier Cream and MoliCare Skin Protection Foam have been specially designed to protect and nourish stressed, sensitive skin. They contain the Nutriskin Protection Complex with natural essential fatty acids, creatine, amino acids, and almond oil to strengthen and regenerate the skin’s own protective barrier. Both products deliver long-lasting protection by leaving a transparent film that stays on the skin.
For ongoing care of your skin, apply a body lotion such as MoliCare Skin Body Lotion, it contains the Nutriskin Protection Complex and is an intensive moisturiser you can use all over your body. This continues to nourish your skin by supplying essential oils.
Following these steps helps towards keeping your skin to stay in good shape, making incontinence far less irritating to live with. That’s what we call a win for skin.
1. Healthline, What is Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis and How Is It Treated?, [Accessed 18 April 2023]
2. NSW Government Clinical Excellence Commission, Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) Best Practice Principles, [Accessed 18 April 2023]