Cleansers, Rash Care & Urinary Health

About Cleansers, Rash Care & Urinary Health

As our loved ones age, urinary health can be impacted in a number of ways, like:

  • Bladder muscles can weaken, leading to urinary incontinence.
  • Prostate can become enlarged, which can cause difficulty with urination.
  • Risk of urinary tract infections increases due to a decrease in the body's ability to fight off bacteria.

Caregivers should regularly inspect the skin for any signs of irritation that can help to identify problems early and allow for prompt treatment, preventing more serious issues from developing.

There are a number of common skin concerns that those managing incontinence tackle, and fortunately, we’ve heard them all.

One common issue is that skin exposed to moisture and friction from incontinence can become irritated, inflamed, and can lead to uncomfortable conditions like rashes, sores, or infections. To handle these concerns:

  • Perineal cleansers and wipes should be used regularly to wash, clean, deodorize, and nourish skin on contact.
  • Lotions, moisturizers and barrier creams provide a layer of protection and hydration.

For caregivers dealing with the early stages of a rash:

  • Treat with proper skin care, including cleansing the skin with a mild soap or cleanser.
  • Use moisturizers or barrier creams to keep skin healthy and hydrated.
  • Apply diaper rash creams to provide a barrier between the skin and the diaper, which help to keep the area clean and dry, reducing friction and chafing.
  • Avoid further exposure to urine and feces.

For loved one with a prolonged or more severe rash:

  • Topical or oral medications may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and itching.
  • Consult your healthcare provider.

Check out these products to have on hand so your loved ones skin and urinary health stays in optimal health.

  • Barrier Creams form a protective layer on the skin to help prevent damage from environmental factors such as chemicals, solvents, and other irritants.
  • Lotions & Moisturizers keep skin healthy and hydrated, as well as improve skin tone and texture, and protect against environmental damage.
  • Perineal Cleansers & Perineal Wash keep the body clean and free of germs and bacteria.
  • UTI Prevention & Medication help flush and maintain urinary tract cleanliness.
  • Rash Creams prevent skin irritation, which can lead to infection and other health problems.


How can I improve my urinary health?

Some helpful tips to improve urinary health are:

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, as these can irritate the bladder and disrupt healthy urinary function.
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fiber can also help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.
  • Practice good hygiene, such as wiping from front to back after using the restroom.
  • Regular exercise and avoiding tight clothing can also help to reduce the risk of urinary issues.
  • Seek medical attention if any symptoms of urinary problems arise.

What causes urinary incontinence?

When you urinate, the muscles in your bladder contract and move your urine into the urethra, while the muscles around the urethra relax in order to allow urine to exit the body. Urinary incontinence typically occurs when these muscles relax without warning.

Are there special cleansers for people with incontinence?

If you have a bladder accident, not only is it imperative that you change your pad and underwear as soon as possible, but you should also wash and dry the area to remove bacteria and prevent the skin from becoming further irritated. Special cleansers that have been designed for incontinence usually contain moisturizer and have been pH-balanced to reduce skin irritation.

What is skin protectant good for?

Skin protectants are topical products used to protect the skin from external elements such as wind, cold, and sun and are available in many forms such as creams, ointments, lotions, and sprays. They can:

  • Treat and prevent skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and diaper rash.
  • Act as a barrier to keep moisture in, while also helping to reduce inflammation and irritation.
  • Help to reduce itching and flaking.
  • Help to soothe and protect the skin from further damage and irritation.

What is the difference between lotions and moisturizers?

Lotions and moisturizers are both skincare products that help to keep skin hydrated and protect the outer layer of the skin; but they have some differences.

  • Lotions are typically thinner in consistency and are made with water and oil. They are designed to be easily absorbed into the skin and are often used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Moisturizers are thicker in consistency and are made with oil and wax. They are designed to form a protective barrier on the skin, locking in moisture and preventing water loss and are ideal for treating dry skin.

What are creams used for?

Creams have a higher water content which makes them easier to absorb into the skin than moisturizers. This makes them ideal to use on dry skin, rashes, and skin lesions. Greasy feeling creams are helpful for locking moisture in while keeping irritants out.

How do I moisturize my skin?

Some tips for moisturizing after incontinence:

  • Start by washing the area with a mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water.
  • Pat the area dry with a soft towel.
  • Apply a thin layer of a moisturizing cream or ointment to the perineal area. (Females should avoid putting lotion on the vulva).
  • Look for products that contain ingredients such as petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, and glycerin, which help to form a protective barrier on the skin and lock in moisture.
  • Use the moisturizer several times a day, or as often as needed.
  • If the skin becomes red, itchy, or irritated, discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider.

When should you apply barrier cream?

After cleansing, barrier cream should be applied to areas exposed to urine or stool. Massage gently until the cream disappears into skin.

If you have a skin care routine, use barrier cream last since products applied afterwards will not be able to penetrate the skin.

What is perineal cleansing?

Perineal cleansing is a process of cleaning the genital and anal area to reduce the risk of infection, and is usually done before and after urinating or having a bowel movement. It involves washing the area with warm water and mild cleanser, and then drying the area thoroughly with a clean cloth or paper towel.

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