Moisture Barrier Creams That Protect the Skin

Moisture Barrier Cream Bottle

Cheryl Hutton, wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOC nurse) with CHC Solutions, Inc., shares helpful information on moisture barrier creams that assist in protecting the skin and reducing irritation.

Who Should Use Moisture Barrier Creams?

These creams can be beneficial for those with Stage 1 pressure injuries, periwound skin and pressure points, bony prominences and other at-risk skin. However, do not use moisture barriers on deep wounds, puncture wounds, infections or lacerations.

Why You Should Use Them

These creams help in the prevention of skin softening and break down. Skincare moisture barriers feature the following general performance properties and attributes:

  • First, they protect skin from excess moisture and external skin irritants such as urine, feces or wound drainage.
  • Secondly, they help relieve pain, burning and itching.
  • Thirdly, they moisturize the skin.

Types and Ingredients

Skincare moisture barriers include creams, gels, ointments and pastes. Ingredients vary based on the manufacturer’s formulation. But, the most common skin protectant agents are dimethicone, petrolatum (Vaseline) and zinc oxide.

Finally, talk with your clinician or physician to discuss if you should use moisture barrier cream and which would work best for you.

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