A Guide to Skin Care
Skin Care Do's
- Check your skin daily for dryness, cracks, sores, bruises, reddened areas, and blisters. Have someone help you or check for you if you are unable to check yourself.
- Treat the skin gently without stretching, tugging, or pulling on it unnecessarily.
- Cleanse the skin with a mild, pH-balanced product.
- Use warm to the touch (elbow or inner wrist) water for cleansing/bathing.
- You may use a very soft nail brush to clean nails and crusty skin area.
- Rinse well. Remove all residue of the cleanser from the skin.
- Dry all skin folds and creases. Pay special attention to the area between, under, and around the toes.
- Moisturize the skin after cleansing. You may leave a light film of moisture on the skin just prior to applying the lubricating product.
- Lubricate dry skin with a heavier barrier type product after moisturizing.
- Wear soft clothing.
- Drink adequate amounts of water.
- For extra protection at night, wear white cotton socks for feet and gloves for hands if indicated.
- You may use a baking soda based or equivalent powder for foot care if perspiration is a problem. It will help with odor and moisture control. Apply by sprinkling on the hands, dusting off the excess and gently rubbing onto the skin.
- If you are using tape to secure a dressing, place the tape on the dressing only.
Skin Cares Don'ts
- Don't bathe in hot water.
- Don't soak for more than five minutes.
- Don't use lanolin, coal tar, or petrolatum-based products if you have sensitive skin.
- Don't use abrasive or rough washcloths for skin care.
- Don't scratch dry, itching areas.
- Don't apply tape of any kind to dry, sensitive, fragile skin.
- Don't neglect new areas of irritation, soreness, or discomfort on the skin.
- Don't apply lotion or creams between the toes, only to the top and bottom of the foot.
Any wound that has not started to heal in two weeks or completely healed in six weeks may benefit from a specialized wound care program.
If you or your loved one is in the hospital, in a nursing facility, or even at home, but is medically compromised with a non healing wound, call our hospitals admissions department for a complimentary screening to see if you qualify for inpatient. You may require IV antibiotics and have other medical issues that qualify you for an inpatient stay, as well.
You may also be a candidate for our Outpatient Comprehensive Wound Care Center. Just ask your regular physician if a referral to a center for wound care might be the right option for you. We can help heal your wound and teach you how to prevent wounds with proper skin care techniques. We save limbs and see outstanding wound healing rates on a daily basis. Please let us know if we can help you.