People who have a stoma often share the same concerns:  will my skin become irritated from the urine, stool or pouching system?  A good rule of thumb is to keep it simple.  The fewer products you put on your skin, the less likely it will become irritated.

To clean skin around your stoma, use warm water and a washcloth.  If you prefer to use soap, choose a mild one.  Avoid soaps with oils, perfumes or deodorants because they can prevent the skin barrier from sticking.  Do not use moistened wipes or powders.  Rinse the soap off very well and pat dry.

Products include:

  • Pouching system is a device worn over the stoma, that serves as a reservoir for the stool or urine that empties from the stoma.  Franciscan offers several varieties.
  • Skin sealant, or barrier film, puts a plastic-like coating on your skin.  It’s available in wipes, sprays and gels.  Tip: make sure the sealant dries completely before putting the pouch system on your skin.
  • Adhesive remove helps if your pouch system does not remove easily with water.  Tip: After using adhesive remove, wash well with a mild soap and water.  Dry completely. 
  • Skin barrier paste is used as caulking to fill in gaps and even out skin surface around the stoma.  The paste creates a better seal and prevents leaking.  Tip:  Use only a small bead of paste and let it sit for a minute before application (this gives the alcohol a chance to evaporate).  Apply it around the opening cut in the skin barrier.
  • Ostomy adhesive is a cement or spray with an acrylic or latex base.  They increase the stickiness between the pouching system and the skin.  Tip:  Use only a light, even coat and allow three to five minutes to dry before putting on the pouching system.
  • Barrier powder is used to dry a raw, weepy area on the skin.  Tip:  Use only a light dusting.  Some people use a skin sealant over the powder before putting the pouching system on.