Choosing Incontinence Pads for Sensitive Skin
- On August 16, 2018
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Choosing incontinence products can be daunting enough, however when you have sensitive skin it can be even harder.
Research shows that a high percentage of people with urinary incontinence describe their skin as “sensitive”. Skin problems caused by the use of absorbent products are mostly due to climate or chafing discomfort. Recently, on the Nonwovens Industry Website, Tom Wilson of CenterBrain Partneship wrote an article called “Absorbency and Protection are No Longer Good Enough”. He focused on the fact that while consumers are primarily concerned with absorbency and leakage protection, skin health is next on the list. Healthy skin is vital to daily happiness and comfort. Sensitive skin is especially susceptible to a variety of issues such as dermatitis, infection and diaper rash. It is important to be look for suitable incontinence pads for sensitive skin.
Improved product design features means there are various options out there for people with sensitive skin.
The diaper area of the skin is particularly vulnerable to excessive hydration as a result of being kept partially occluded most of the time and frequently exposed to urine. The use of absorbent products can cause excessive local wetness and elevate PH, increasing the risk of skin damage. Absorbent product technology has made advances during the last decade. The performance of products in terms of absorbency and wetting prevention has been improved.
Read more about preventing Incontinence Associated Dermatitis in our advice blog.
What to Look For in a Pad
Most incontinence products contain superabsorbent polymers, as the feature ensures optimum dryness and comfort. Superabsorbent Polymers ensure urine is locked up and kept safely away from the skin, keeping skin dry and preventing irritation. A gram of superabsorbent polymer can absorb up to 500 grams of pure water.
No Perfumes or Dyes
Pads often have some type of odour control, which is commonly treated with a natural odour-absorbing compound such as baking soda. However, many manufacturers now add fragrance to the pad to create a pleasant and fresh scent. Although this may sound tempting, it is wise to avoid this if you have very sensitive skin.
Cotton is soft, lightweight and breathable, allowing air circulation to your skin. Try and find pads with 100% cotton covers, as these are a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin. It also absorbs a lot of moisture, preventing discomfort during use.
Chlorine Free Products
Chlorine is actually drying to the skin and can irritate existing dermatitis. Chlorine reactions can include itchy, red skin, which is known as “irritant dermatitis”. Sensitive skin in particular can identify the chlorine as a “foreign invader”, like bacteria or a virus. Products designed from chlorine-free, sustainable and natural materials are much kinder on the skin.
We offer a Cottons Comforts range designed specifically for people with sensitive skin. The pads feature a unique cotton top and natural ingredients to prevent any skin irritation during use. Shop the full range and find a pad that is perfect for you. The pads are available in various absorbencies so you can find one that is suited for you.
Skincare Products to Invest In
Barrier Creams prevent irritation to sensitive skin and help protect the skin’s natural barrier. Wipes and creams can help your skin stay clean, moisturized and protected from diaper rash and other skin problems. These are soap and water alternatives to prevent the skin drying out. With no-rinse body wash and disposable washcloths, you can cleanse and soothe your skin.
You can shop our skincare products here.
Tena Wash Cream cleanses, restores and protects delicate skin.
Rinsing the genital area with warm water and drying it thoroughly when you change pads is also vital to preventing any irritation.
Do you need more guidance on choosing an incontinence product? Read our Product Guides Section to feel more confident about incontinence.