Skin Care Products for IAD Prevention

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS
Editor | Shield HealthCare
06/19/14  10:47 AM PST
IAD Prevention

Routine pericare – or skin care in the genital area – is essential during every product change to protect and preserve skin health. Learn more about these popular pericare products and how they help protect against Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD), also known as diaper rash.

Why Use a pH-Balanced Cleanser?

Cleaning with hot water and bar soap, or with anti-bacterial hand wash, can contribute to skin breakdown. Normal skin pH is approximately 5.0-5.9. Most bar soaps have a much higher pH that can dry out skin and leave it vulnerable to damage and bacteria. Use disposable washcloths or pH-balanced skin cleansers instead of soap and water to preserve and protect delicate perineal skin.

Why Moisturize?

Moisturizers create a barrier to protect the skin from urine and feces, which are irritating and damaging to the skin and can cause skin breakdown. Moisturize with creams containing emollients or humectants. Look for moisturizers with vitamins A, D, E and aloe vera, which are helpful ingredients for healing and protecting skin.

Here are 3 examples of the products described above:

Antibacterial Wash

This antibacterial spray-bottle wash is alcohol-free and pH-balanced for sensitive skin. Enriched with aloe to stimulate healing, this gentle wash quickly and efficiently removes feces and urine, and deodorizes odors associated with incontinence.


Moisturizing Cream

This moisturizing cream is p formulated with calamine and aloe vera, and enriched with vitamins A, D and E to soothe and promote healing of fragile, irritated skin. Gentle and non-greasy, this cream functions as a moisture barrier to protect the skin from wetness, urine acids and fecal enzymes.


Adult Washcloths

These hypoallergenic adult washcloths are enhanced with lotion, vitamin E and aloe for skin health. Its dispensing lid allows for one-handed use, dispensing a single unfolded wipe every time to reduce risk of cross-contamination.

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