Top tips to maintain healthy skin

Prevention is easier than remedy when maintaining healthy skin. Follow these top tips to ensure your skin remains in optimal condition. 

Prevention is key to skin health

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. Unfortunately things like poorly managed incontinence and prolonged contact with urine and faeces can lead to skin conditions such as Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD), which is prevalent in up to 30 per cent of those living at home using incontinence products. IAD causes considerable discomfort and can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive to treat and therefore, a preventative skin health program is key.

Top tips for maintaining healthy skin 

  • Keep skin dry – choose quality continence products in the right style and absorbency to actively draw moisture away from the skin and secure against leakage. If you’re unsure, ask the Independence Australia customer service team to help you identify the right product.
  • Keep skin clean – a purpose designed, alcohol free wash cream used in place of soap and water can be left on the skin without rinsing and helps to moisturise and protect the skin. Avoid using traditional soap which dries the skin.
  • Be gentle – cleanse the skin with care and pat dry. Using a soft disposable wash cloth can help to prevent skin irritation and tears.
  • Eat well and drink plenty of water – A healthy, balanced diet and drinking about eight glasses of water a day will help improve the structure and quality of the skin.
  • Consider natural bladder and bowel routines – where possible, use toileting to manage continence rather than solely relying on continence products.

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Clean, restore and protect with TENA Skincare 

The three most important factors in skin health are moisture reduction, proper cleansing and protection. The TENA Skin Care range works together to address these aspects, as well as reduce the need for time consuming rinsing and drying. Carers also benefit from more efficient cleansing procedures, with a high level of care and promotion of preventative skin measures.

    • TENA Wash Cream  – A 3-in-1 cream that acts as three products in one— a gentle cleanser, a restorative moisturiser and a protective cream. The no-rinse emulsion means the cream can be safely left on the skin.
    • TENA Shampoo & Shower  – A mild, dual-purpose cleansing gel and conditioning shampoo designed for fragile skin and hair.
    • TENA Skin Lotion – A mild and gentle moisturiser ideal for dry and sensitive skin. Helps restore the natural moisture balance of the skin.
    • TENA Barrier Cream – A protective cream ideal for skin at high risk. 
    • TENA Wet Wipes – A 3-in-1 pre-moistened extra soft and strong wipe that gently cleanses, restores and protects even the most delicate skin. A Gentle, quick and convenient alternative to soap and water.
    • TENA Soft Wipes  – Soft and strong cellulose wipe designed for gentle skin cleansing. Perfect to use with TENA Wash Cream.


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This article has been written from 'Dementia and Bladder and Bowel Control, Bladder and Bowel control can be helped' as part of an Australian Government Initiative and can be found on the Victorian Continence Resource Centre website.