What are they?
Skin protective barrier wipes can be helpful for individuals who have to change their skin barrier wafer/flange more frequently, or who have fragile skin. These wipes add a protective layer to the skin which help to maintain skin integrity after repeated exposure to adhesives and cleansing products. It can be used around ostomy sites, as well as sites for drainage tubes, external catheters and adhesive dressings. Some wipes contain alcohol, while others do not. Products with alcohol can have the effect of drying out the area.
How to use them
The skin around the site should be cleansed as normal and patted dry. The skin barrier wipe can then be wiped over the skin and let dry prior to applying the flange/skin barrier.
Barrier wipes are not recommended for extended wear skin barrier wafers as it can interfere with the stronger adhesive.
If you think this product might be right for you, or you are experiencing skin integrity issues, please consult with your ostomy nurse or a healthcare provider.