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People affected by incontinence often experience associated skin problems as well. But with the right products, skin that has been damaged by incontinence can be cleaned gently and safeguarded against further harm.
We all know soap and water are essential for personal hygiene, but as we age, our skin changes and requires different skin care. For people with incontinence, the skin is already stressed by contact with urine and faeces, making it vulnerable to further damage from soap and water.
To avoid skin damage, we need to clean and care for mature skin, especially in the intimate area, in a gentle and effective way. That's why we've got you covered with a solution that works for you.
To protect us, our skin has a natural protective acid mantle with a pH value of 4–6. This acidity protects us against bacteria. However, as we age, the protective mantle weakens and it becomes easier for bacteria to penetrate the skin, leading to inflammation.
This effect is even worse in people suffering with bladder weakness or incontinence, who have to deal with an alkaline environment due to constant exposure to moisture. To prevent skin irritation and inflammation, it's important to maintain the pH value of the skin at pH 5.5 and keep the skin dry.
The MoliCare® Skin cleansing range provides you with three products that enable you to thoroughly and gently clean your stressed skin without using water (waterless skin care) and thus help to maintain the natural protective function of the skin.
MoliCare® Skin Moist Skin Care Tissues are perfect for cleaning the intimate areas and genital for those with urinary incontinence. They contain a mild cleaning agent and also neutralise odours and support the skin’s own protective mechanism.
Combination of MoliCare Skin Moist Skin Care Tissues and MoliCare Skin Cleansing Foam is ideal for those with faecal or dual incontinence. The foam is first applied to the uncleaned skin surface. The foam softens faecal or stool residue on the skin. Residual soiling can then be removed with the help of the moist wipes without applying pressure or rubbing.
The MoliCare® Skin Wash Gloves were developed for head to toe cleaning of the body and genital area. They can be used without water and replace a bath or shower. Each pack contains eight wash gloves for different areas of the body. Particularly when used for bed bound or people with limited mobility, the wash gloves provide a solution that saves time and is comfortable not only for the carer but also for the individual. Depending on personal preferences, the wash gloves can be used cool or warmed so that cleaning is as pleasant as possible.
To protect your skin from harm, the MoliCare Skin protective range offers products that support the regeneration of the protective acid mantle and moisturize the skin.
Selecting the right products is key in ensuring security and discretion. If you’re not quite sure what you need, try our product finder. It’ll ask you a few questions about your needs and then provide a list of recommended products that may help you.Find Product Incontinence Product Finder