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.
Skin care moisture barriers are creams, gels, ointments or pastes formulated to protect the skin from excessive moisture due to incontinence, perspiration or wound drainage to prevent moisture-associate skin damage.
Ingredients vary based on the manufacturer's formulation, but the most common skin protectant agents are dimethicone, petrolatum and zinc oxide. Application of skin moisture barrier products are often the final step in a comprehensive skin care protocol for the prevention of pressure ulcers including the process of cleansing, moisturizing and protecting the genital and rectal areas to prevent skin breakdown.
Skin care moisture barriers feature the following general performance properties and attributes:
• Protects skin from excess moisture and external skin irritants such as urine, feces or wound drainage
• Helps relieve pain, burning and itching
• Moisturizes the skin
Moisture barriers are indicated for use on stage 1 pressure injuries, on periwound skin to prevent skin maceration, and on pressure points, bony prominences, and other at-risk skin for the prevention of skin breakdown.
Moisture barriers are contraindicated for use on deep or puncture wounds, infections or lacerations.
For external use only. Always read manufacturer’s instructions and use according to directions.