A few weeks back I got an email from Hollister that had ostomy care tips. It was one of many they send me that almost always goes right in the round file, but for some reason I clicked on it. I can give you guys the link if you're interested, but there wasn't much new info there. Except one thing DID catch my eye. Hollister recommends that you DO NOT use any soap at all when you clean the skin around your stoma........just plain water. Maybe I'm living in a cave, but I've never heard that recommendation before. I've heard what soaps not to use, what soaps to use......but never not to use any soap. I'm not sure how I feel about that recommendation, but I'm giving it a try. I sort of feel using something to clean the skin should be used, and then just make sure it's fully removed.......but it's hard to argue with my results so far. No real new skin issues since doing it, and because of that I've also stopped using ostomy powder, skin protectant wipes and only use topical steroid foam if there is an abrasion or such on some part of my skin......to knock it the hell out of there immediately. So at least initially....it's not making things worse.....and that's always good. So I'll keep at it and let you know how it goes.
But I'm wondering if any of you had heard of the recommendation to not use ANY soap or cleaner on the skin under your barrier after you remove it? What say ye?