Ostomy Skin Care
Ostomy One Piece System | Ostomy Bags and Supplies
Your skin is a delicate organ, and proper ostomy skincare helps ensure that it stays healthy and free from irritation. There are a range of products that make taking care of the skin around your stoma simple and easy.
A one-piece system comes with either a drainable or closed pouch. The drainable pouch can have either a clip on the end or an integrated type closure that either Velcroes or interlocks closed. This type of pouch is meant to have its contents drained when the it is one-third of the way full.
Clean, dry skin is essential for good adhesion of your pouching system. Cleansing wipes may be a practical option to help keep skin healthy, especially if you need to change your pouch while on the go. Make sure you choose wipes intended for use with an ostomy, as other wipes may contain alcohol, which can be irritating.
Skin sealant may be useful with sensitive adhesives or for those who have particularly dry or oily skin. Available as spray, wipes, roll-on, or gel, skin sealant (also known as skin prep) forms a protective barrier between your skin and your pouching system. It does double duty by protecting you from irritation and enhancing your skin's ability to accept adhesive.
Skin barrier products:
Skin barrier products are intended to fill in creases or other skin imperfections around your stoma, decreasing the possibility of leakage and subsequent skin irritation and breakdown. Several types of skin barrier products are available, including paste, powder, and rings or strips.
- Tube paste. This is used to fill in small creases or other uneven areas near your stoma and should only be used in small amounts. Please note that skin barrier paste should not be used as a substitute for adhesive.
- Strip paste. More versatile than tube paste, strip paste can be molded to fit the area around your stoma. Both types of paste can be used for ileostomy or colostomy care but are not recommended for people with a urostomy.
- Rings or strips. Rings and strips (available in a variety of different sizes and thicknesses) are designed primarily to fill in creases around your stoma. They can be applied either directly to your skin or the back of your pouching system.
The adhesive remover does just that — removes the adhesive holding your pouching system in place. This can be invaluable if you have delicate skin or skin that tears easily. It is also useful for removing any sticky residue after taking off your pouch.
Waterproof tape or elastic barrier strips
These are useful for adding an extra layer of security for active people.
Skin barrier powder
If you already have irritation, skin barrier powder can help. This is a non-irritating powder that, when dusted over a “weepy” patch of skin, absorbs moisture, forms a protective crust, and allows the skin to begin healing. Spray the area with an alcohol-free skin sealant and allow it to dry fully before applying your pouching system.