Incontinence can cause skin problems in the genital area, around the buttocks, inner thighs, and other areas between the pelvis and the rectum. The excess moisture from frequent bladder or bowel leaks can lead to issues such as redness, rashes, peeling, and yeast infections. If you have incontinence, taking good care of your skin is essential to maintaining a healthy, comfortable, and active lifestyle.
Maintain Good Hygiene
Healthy skin starts with good hygiene. Clean and dry yourself as soon as possible after bladder or bowel leaks and be sure to change your bladder pads, pull-ups, or adult diapers frequently. The longer urine or stool has contact with your body, the more likely you will experience skin irritation.
Keeping your skin moisturized can help as well. Alcohol-free creams and ointments containing zinc oxide or lanolin can create a protective barrier against dryness, chaffing, and other irritations.
Use Skin-Safe Incontinence Products
Using high-quality, skin-safe bladder pads, pull-ups, adult diapers, etc. will minimize irritation and maximize comfort. But how do you know they are skin-safe?
- Absorbency and Retention
Some products will advertise large-capacity absorbency, meaning they hold a lot of liquid. While that may be true, high absorbency does not mean it will keep you dry. Think of it like using a towel to soak up a spill. Sure, it absorbs the water, but the towel is still wet to the touch. Products that retain liquid as well as absorb are best. Look for products that have moisture-lock or a super-absorbent protective inner layer that traps liquid to prevent leakage and keeps wetness away from the skin.
- Protective Top Layer
Your incontinence products should have a skin-safe top layer made from breathable materials that wick moisture away from the body to keep you dry until you are able to change. The protective top layer along with an absorbent core can also help eliminate odor.
It’s best to select products that are free from scents, harsh chemicals, and latex-free. The more hypoallergenic the product, the better it is for your skin.
We Can Help
ActivStyle has an impressive catalog of high-quality, absorbent, and hypoallergenic skin-safe products. Please review our website for more information for the types of incontinence products we offer. If you have insurance that covers incontinence products, they may be available to you through ActivStyle at little to no out of pocket cost.
If you’d like to learn if you are eligible to receive incontinence products through your insurance plan or need assistance choosing the right incontinence products and supplies for your needs, our helpful Product Experts are trained to answer all your questions. If you have an eligible insurance plan, you may enjoy comfortable, premium incontinence products shipped in discreet packaging directly to your home. Just call us toll-free at 888-280-8632, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST for a confidential consultation. At ActivStyle, we make living with incontinence easy. Our enrollment process is simple. We’ll even work with your doctor for the required prescription, process the insurance paperwork, and remind you each month when it’s time to reorder your supplies.