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  • 14 Mar, 2022
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How Skin Care Topicals Help Manage Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

People suffering from incontinence struggle with the constant threat and effects posed by skin damage and irritation. Not only must incontinent patients meet the immediate need to have leakproof protection from urine and solid waste, but they must also safeguard the skin from irritation and infection throughout their regular, daily routine. This protection, though, can pose the potential for further skin damage.[1]

A study of 63 nursing home patients found that all residents had varying degrees of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD), which results from physical and chemical irritation to the skin. Interestingly, the study measured how various skin care products and regimens can reduce and mitigate the impact of IAD. It concluded that a structured program, which includes a skincare regimen, could minimize the possibility of IAD and lessen the use of absorbent products.[2]

The key to successful IAD containment requires a structured skincare program that includes routine washing, followed by moisturization coupled with the use of a skin protectant that forms an all-important moisture barrier. This process aids in healing damaged and irritated skin, reduces existing skin damage, and acts as a preventative treatment method. Furthermore, more sophisticated topical treatments such as zinc oxide-based ointments and salves can foster the healing process in advanced cases of IAD.

Exhaustive studies in the nursing care environment have shown that adding this type of skincare protocol has not only sustained and enhanced skincare but has also diminished the time needed to deliver overall nursing care. In addition, instances of skin damage and more severe cases of IAD were significantly fewer.[3]

Scapa Healthcare works with customers to develop custom advanced incontinence care solutions, including moisturizing creams, barrier ointments, protectant creams and lotions, repair creams, antifungal powder, and antifungal creams. To learn more about Scapa Healthcare’s Skin Care Topical capabilities, contact us directly at



1.National Association for Continence, Skin Care, “Caring For Your Skin When You Have Incontinence.”

2. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, The effects of a multi-intervention incontinence care program on clinical, economic, and environmental outcomes,” Alvisa Palese, Giorgio Carniel, March-April 2011, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 177-183.

3. Ostomy/Wound Management, Incontinence-Related Skin Damage: Essential Knowledge,” Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, December 2007, Volume 53, Issue 12, Pages 28-32.

4. Journal of Tissue Viability,The benefits of implementing a new skin care protocol in nursing homes,” Sue Bale, Nicola Tebble, Vanessa Jones, Patricia Price, April 2004, Volume 14, Issue, 2, Pages 44, 46-50.



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