Moisture Barriers Protection Status

Moisture barriers are cream, gel, ointment, or paste preparations formulated to protect the skin from excessive moisture, due to incontinence, perspiration, or wound drainage. Indicated for use on stage 1 pressure injuries, on periwound skin to prevent maceration, and on pressure points and bony prominences for the prevention of skin breakdown. Ingredients vary based on the manufacturer's formulation, but most common skin protectants are dimethicone, petrolatum, and zinc oxide. Moisture barriers can be the final step in the process of cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting the genital and rectal areas for the prevention of skin breakdown.

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