People who suffer from incontinence have more to worry about other than just a leak: skin irritation and infections can plague users of adult diapers (briefs) and adult pull ups. A lack of air flow, damp conditions, and especially stale urine or stool causes the skin to break down and causes painful and dangerous diaper rash, sores, and yeast infections.
You may think a regular bar of soap and water should clean the area, but that can actually dry the skin, causing it to break and become even more sensitive. To help prevent these skin conditions, make sure to keep the perineal area clean. Use a soft, rinse-free disposable washcloth, like the Prevail Washcloths, to help clean the area with each diaper change. They are larger than baby wipes, and are easy to use.
At least once a day, you should do a more thorough cleaning. Soap-free skin cleansers, such as the popular Tena Wash Cream, are a great alternative to soap and water cleanses. It is rinse free, so you just wipe it on and then wipe it back off. It also moisturizes and protects the most sensitive areas. Remember to dry the diaper area thoroughly after each cleaning.
After washing, apply a skin barrier (also known as adult diaper cream) that will form a protective coating on the skin. The Aloe Vesta Protective Ointment contains protein-rich emollients that moisturize and protect the skin.
Remember, your best defense against skin irritation is to keep the skin dry and clean – this means checking often and changing as soon as the soiling occurs. These incontinence supplies protect the delicate skin of both women and men with bladder control problems.