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When skin ages the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins resulting in aging skin looking thinner, paler, and clear (translucent), it is harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness.

  Incontinence is also a common problem amongst the elderly and it can present challenges for caregivers, particularly when looking after delicate and sensitive skin.   Avoid using soap and hot water on sensitive skin.   Did you know that soap and water can be bad for the skin? Soap, even a mild soap, can make the skin dry and itchy. Our top layers of skin have a low pH, about 5.5, and it is important that the products and care procedures we use do not disturb this natural pH. Frequent contact with hot water, as well as soap and water, strips the natural oils from the skin and make it dry. TENA Skincare and Cleansing products have been specially developed for use on fragile and sensitive skin and are suitable for everyday use on all skin types. Preventive personal skincare starts with the avoidance of moisture on the skin, as well as skin friction. Soap dissolves the dirt on the skin but can irritate the skin if it’s not rinsed off properly. TENA Non-rinse Wash Cream and Wet Wipes work by removing the dirt gently from the skin, without the need for rinsing. Any product left on the skin nourishes and helps to protect the skin from damage. An independent study, conducted by researchers at University Hospitals Birmingham in the UK, demonstrated significant patient benefit and greater infection control through regular usage of TENA Wash Cream.   Avoid rubbing sensitive skin vigorously.   Elderly skin injures easier and heals more slowly, this can increasing the risk of infection. Continuous exposure to moisture and contact with urine and faeces may easily start the skin to break down causing irritation, itching and / or infection. Elderly and vulnerable skin should be treated with care and tenderness. With TENA Non-rinse Wash Cream and Wet Wipes, you can clean the skin without the need for drying afterwards. Early intervention and proper, gentle, preventive personal skincare can help minimise the risk of incontinence-related skin breakdown.   For advice on these products or any of the products in our TENA range please contact our Healthcare team on or phone +353 1 6301800