YOUR SKIN CAN BE DAMAGED IF YOU DON’T TAKE CARE OF IT. SKIN PROBLEMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR IF YOU SUFFER FROM BOTH URINARY AND FAECAL INCONTINENCE OR IF YOU HAVE VERY LOOSE STOOLS.
In order to maintain the integrity of your skin you should follow these basic principles:
When applying any creams you may have been prescribed make sure you follow the instructions carefully.
Talcum powder and some barrier creams can stop your incontinence pads from working properly as they block the pores in the top layer of the pad. This stops the urine from being absorbed into the pad. If the ‘stay dry’ effect of the pad is damaged it will not be as comfortable to wear (Le Lievre, 2002).