Most of us take for granted that we are able to stand and move about independently to carry out our daily activities. People who are unable to stand or walk may find themselves sitting in the same position for much of the day. This can cause postural changes and can lead to a higher risk of developing pressure sores.
Add to this the potential for uncontrolled or poorly managed urinary or faecal incontinence that may result in prolonged exposure of urine and faeces on the skin. These individuals are at greater risk of irritation and over-saturation of the skin. Too much or too little water content can quickly disturb the skin’s balance and lead to problems with its health.
Where pressure is applied to the skin from sitting or lying in bed and bones are close to the skin, blood circulation is reduced, which can greatly increase the risk of pressure sores and can inhibit wound healing. Long periods spent on harder surfaces can also increase the risk of pressure ulcers.
Preventative perineal skincare and good incontinence management is essential for good skin health. The top layers of skin have a low pH and it is important that the products and care procedures we use do not disturb this natural pH level. TENA offers a range of products that cleanse the skin and help to protect and restore it.
The TENA 3-in-1 Skincare and Cleansing range (Wash Cream, Wet Wipes and Skin Cream) has been developed especially for use on fragile and sensitive skin and is suitable for everyday use on all skin types. Healthcare professionals agree that consistent personal skincare is essential to control odour, maintain skin integrity and the well-being of incontinent individuals.
Soap dissolves the dirt on the skin and can irritate the skin if it is not rinsed off properly. TENA Non-Rinse Wash Cream and Wet Wipes work by removing the dirt gently from the skin, without the need for rinsing. Any product left on the skin nourishes and helps to protect it from damage.
The non-rinse cleansers are gentle, emulsion-based creams, which help cleanse the skin. It can be soothing and prevent the need to rub the skin, which can lead to greater injury. TENA Wash Cream cleanses the skin while gently removing urine and faecal matter while moisturising, deodorising and protecting the skin.
The low pH balance helps to maintain the skin, while creating a barrier to chemical damage and resistance against dehydration and bacterial invasion. TENA believes in a total-care approach that meets individual skin-health needs. As incontinence experts, the company understands that achieving good skin health is about providing quality absorbent products and skincare products.