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Skin Care Tips

  • Make sure your skin is clean and completely dry before applying the adhesive.
  • Adjust the hole in the adhesive so that it is an exact fit around your stoma.
  • Check the size of the stoma regularly, especially if you have a hernia.
  • For most people, water is sufficient for cleaning the skin. If you choose to use soap, use a mild soap without lotions or creams that may leave a residue or film on your skin. This can interfere with the adhesive.
  • If you decide to use an adhesive remover, wash your skin with soap and water afterwards. Rinse and dry thoroughly before applying your next skin barrier.
  • Things NOT recommended for routine skin care around your stoma:
    • Soap with lotions
    • Creams
    • Lotions
    • Powders
    • Baby wipes
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Steroidal medications
    • Ointments that are not prescribed by your doctor
  • Remember to wash your hands before and after changing or emptying your pouch.
  • Change your appliance as soon as you feel any discomfort. No skin irritation is normal. If you discover you have red, broken, itchy or irritated skin, seek the assistance of a qualified healthcare professional.