Types of Skin Barriers


Skin Barrier

A skin barrier adheres on your peristomal (across the stoma) skin, supporting guard your pores and skin from stoma output, and attaching the pouch on your body. In a two-piece system, the skin barrier is separate from the pouch; in a one-piece system they are combined together.

Types of Skin barriers

  • Standard wear: Best for Patients having colostomy.
  • Extended wear: Designed to provide greater safety from stoma output for people living with an ileostomy or urostomy as output can cause skin inflammation.
  • Cut-to-fit: Can be cut to accommodate your specific stoma size.
  • Pre-cut: Available in a extensive form of sizes to deal with your stoma, without the need for cutting.
  • Moldable: By molding around the stoma, this skin barrier creates a snug fit designed to provide extra leakage protection than conventional barriers.

How to choose a Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier is the most important part of the pouching system because it protects your skin from stoma output and keeps your pouch in place. There are many skin barrier options designed to provide the most secure seal around your stoma, prevent leakage, and protect your skin. Your choice depends on your stoma, output, and other factors, such as sensitivity to tape.

  1. If your stoma is round, and its size is not changing consider Pre-sized skin barriers

  2. If your stoma is oval, and the size is still changing consider Cut-to-fit skin barriers

  3. If your output is liquid, soft, or mushy consider Skin barriers designed to be more resistant to liquid stomal output

  4. If your output is formed, or you change your skin barrier often consider Skin barriers with gentle adhesion to limit skin damage from frequent changes

  5. If your stoma sticks out, or you have a deep abdominal crease or hernia consider Flat skin barriers that are best for use with creases or protrusions

  6. If your stoma does not stick out, your skin is soft, or you have a slight crease in your skin consider Convex skin barriers that adhere well to flat areas

  7. If you are sensitive to tape use Skin barriers without tape

Where to buy Skin barriers online?

Shop Ostomy Supplies offers a wide range of Skin barriers like Standard, Extended wear, Flat skin, Convex, Cut-to-Fit, Pre-Cut, Moldable, from top manufacturer such as Hollister, Coloplast, Convatec, Nu-hope, Genairex. Each comes with their unique features. We assure to match the product for your need and budget. Buy now!

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