Cleansing the skin around your stoma

Impeccable skin care is necessary in order for:

  • the flange/skin barrier to adhere well
  • to maintain skin integrity

It is recommended that a person with an ostomy inspect the skin surrounding their stoma each and every time they change their skin barrier wafer.  By doing this, the integrity of the skin can be maintained. 

The peri-stomal area (skin around the stoma) should be cleansed with plain water or an ostomy skin cleansing product prior to applying the new flange.

It is advisable to avoid soap and any shampoos that may cascade down the body when in the shower as these can leave a film on the skin that make it hard for the skin barrier wafer to adhere. 

If you notice any skin integrity changes around the stoma area, please consult your ostomy nurse.