The Importance of Proper Skin Care Around the Stoma

Healthy skin plays a key role in wearing your ostomy appliance comfortably and securely. But just as every person with an ostomy is unique, so too are their skincare needs.

This isn’t just another guide; it’s your personalized road map to better understand what works best for you when managing irritation or infection risks when it comes to your skin. Because comfort should be a standard, not a luxury when living with an ostomy.

Coming up, we’re going to dig into all sorts of topics – from your everyday skincare routines to handling irritable skin. We’ll even suggest some products that might help!

Understanding Ostomy and Skin Care Importance

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening, known as a stoma, in the body. This change brings new challenges for skin care.

Caring for your skin around the stoma is vital because this area can be sensitive to irritation or infection. Not only is it about comfort but also about maintaining good health.

A well-maintained routine helps prevent complications such as painful rashes or even infections. Using quality products designed specifically for ostomy skin care, like those offered by trusted brands on Medical Monks‘ list, makes all the difference.

You wouldn’t use hand soap to wash your hair, right? The same logic applies here – using suitable products helps maintain healthy peristomal skin (the area around your stoma).

It might feel daunting at first but remember: proper skincare isn’t rocket science. It comes down to simple routines and good habits with effective products.

Basic Skin Care Routine for Ostomy Patients

Taking care of the skin around your stoma is a vital part of living with an ostomy. But don’t worry, it’s not as complex as you might think. Here are a few tips to maintain healthy skin around your stoma.

  • Cleaning: Start by gently washing the area around your stoma with warm water and mild soap. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or perfume as they can cause irritation. Remember, gentleness is key here.
  • Drying: After cleaning, make sure to dry the skin thoroughly before applying any skincare products. Any leftover moisture could lead to issues down the line.
  • Checking: Keep an eye out for signs of redness, swelling, or other forms of irritation. If any unusual symptoms are observed, there is no need to be alarmed. There are plenty of effective ways to treat these symptoms at home – we’ll discuss more on this later in our post.

Treating Irritated Skin Around the Stoma

It’s no secret that skin irritation around the stoma can be a pain. However, with the right attention and remedy, it can be managed.

Irritation often arises from adhesive residues left by ostomy appliances or excessive moisture. To fix this issue, cleaning the area gently but thoroughly is key. Use mild soap and warm water for cleansing, making sure to rinse off all soap residues completely before patting dry.

If you’re facing persistent redness or soreness even after careful cleaning, it might be time to switch up your products. Some specialized skin care products are designed specifically for stoma patients’ unique needs.

Beyond creams and cleansers though, sometimes you just need more expert advice on what’s causing these issues – remember not to hesitate to ask professionals if needed.

Recommended Lotions and Products for Ostomy Skin Care

Maintaining the health of your skin around the stoma is vital. That’s where specific ostomy skincare products come into play.

Baza Cleanse & Protect All-in-One Perineal Lotion with Odor Control

Baza® Cleanse & Protect Lotion offers a dual-action solution as a moisturizer and cleanser, specifically designed to control odor. This pH-balanced, no-rinse perineal lotion forms a breathable barrier that not only comforts the skin but also shields it from additional irritation.

Brava Skin Barrier Wipes

Brava® Skin Barrier Wipes have been formulated to provide a light, breathable, and protective film over the skin. They are sting-free and gentle on the skin while drying quickly to leave a thin protective film.

3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant

This 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant creates a durable barrier that can be worn for up to seven days before needing reapplication. It protects the skin from damage and shields against irritants.

EasiCleanse No Rinse Disposable Washcloths

These EasiCleanse Disposable Washcloths are infused with a pH-balanced solution, making them perfect for patients with sensitive skin. They offer a simple and effective way to clean areas without causing irritation.

More Ostomy Skin Care Options at Medical Monks

We also have an entire collection dedicated to top skincare products like lotions, creams, moisturizers, protectants, and sanitizers. These products can help clean, soothe, and protect sensitive skin around your stoma.

If you’re looking for variety or want more options, check out our range from Coloplast Skincare. This includes choices for skin cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting, offering a comprehensive skincare routine for ostomy patients. 

Preventing Ostomy Skin Breakdown

Your skin health is paramount when living with an ostomy. One key to avoiding breakdowns around the stoma area involves proper appliance fitting.

Ensuring your ostomy appliances fit correctly can make a huge difference in preventing irritation and maintaining healthy skin. The size of your stoma may change over time, so it’s important to regularly check that your pouching system fits well.

Lifestyle modifications also play a vital role. This could mean tweaking your diet or adjusting physical activities to lessen the risk of leakage which can lead to skin issues.

Remember though: if home care methods aren’t helping as much as you’d hoped, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

Professional Help for Ostomy Skin Care

Even with a consistent skincare routine, some ostomy patients may still experience persistent skin issues around the stoma. It’s crucial to seek out expert help in cases where persistent skin issues persist.

If you notice ongoing irritation or signs of infection despite using creams and other products, don’t hesitate to reach out. Professionals can assess your situation, give advice on advanced treatments, or even recommend different products suitable for your skin type.


When it comes to ostomy skin care, understanding is power. You’ve got the knowledge now – what an ostomy is, and why proper skincare around your stoma matters.

You know how to follow a basic routine and tackle irritated skin when it pops up. You even have some product recommendations from Medical Monks at hand.

But remember this: preventing the breakdown of the skin around your stoma takes regular checks and lifestyle changes. With the right advice, you can make a world of difference for your stoma’s skin health.

If things get tough, don’t hesitate to seek professional help; there’s no shame in needing more guidance or assistance for maintaining healthy skin around your stoma!

The MEDICAL MONKS STAFF brings to the table decades of combined knowledge and experience in the medical products industry.

Edited for content by ADAM PAGE.

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