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To avoid complications, such as leakage, it’s important to maintain the health of your peristomal skin. Learn about a natural component of human skin that can help keep your skin healthy.
When it comes to keeping the skin around your stoma healthy, there are many resources available to you. It is important to avoid peristomal skin complications (PSCs), and research has recently shown there is an ingredient that can help: ceramide.
What is ceramide?
Ceramide is a natural component of human skin that supports the function of all five of the layers of the epidermis. Ceramide is made of waxy, lipid molecules that link cells together to form a waterproof, protective barrier. Just like a brick wall needs mortar to keep it strong and firm, the skin needs ceramide to bond the cells of the outer skin. Here are some additional facts:
Ceramide in skin barriers
Infusing ceramide in skin barriers is a newer technology. A skin barrier needs to be able to provide good adhesion, absorption, and erosion resistance while coming into contact with your peristomal skin. The added benefit of ceramide in the skin barrier can help protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Of course, the right fit of your skin barrier helps prevent leakage and is critical to skin health and stopping the vicious cycle before it starts.
Recently, 184 clinicians evaluated 284 patients who had ostomies who were using the CeraPlus™ skin barrier infused with ceramide. The evaluations yielded impressive results:2
One study looked at differences in ostomy skin barriers – some with ceramide, some without – and their impact on costs of stoma care and the occurrence of PSCs. This research study, called the “ADVOCATE Trial,” compared the use of a standard skin barrier with the CeraPlus™ skin barrier, a ceramide-infused skin barrier.3 Some key takeaways from the ADVOCATE study show:
PSCs are common and can have many negative impacts on your life. That makes taking care of your peristomal skin a top priority. Recent research shows the CeraPlus™ skin barrier can help you proactively manage your peristomal skin health.
1. Coderch L, Lopez O, de la Maza O, Para JL. Ceramides and skin function. Am J Clin Dermatol. 003;4(2):107-129.
2. CeraPlus Global User Evaluation 2016, Data on file, Hollister Incorporated.
3. As compared to Hollister non-ceramide skin barriers.
4. Colwell JC, Pittman J, Raizman R, Salvadalena G. A Randomized Controlled Trial Determining Variances in Ostomy Skin Conditions and the Economic Impact. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs, 2018;45(1):37-42.
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