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Ileostomy and Dry Skin

Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:32 pm
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Hi all, So, is this even a thing? I've had my ileo for just over a year and I've noticed my skin is dry as the desert. I've always had dry skin, but this is beyond what was normal for me. I know you don't retain your water when your large bowel is not in play, but I drink tons of water and other liquids to compensate. I am getting older, 70 now, yikes, and I know it's normal for skin to lose its elasticity and moisture as we age, so I'm wondering if that's all it is, but the change seems kind of sudden for that. I'm wondering if other ileostomates have experienced this, and also, if so, any tips on products, moisturizers etc. that might work for you. Many thanks!

Terry

Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:38 pm

As in your skin everywhere or just around your stoma area? 

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Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:44 pm

Hi Terry,

I have really dry skin in the winter but not the summer. My legs especially looks like it is snowing LOL I use the cow cream (white jar with black splotches)...I think it is called udderly smooth...seems to help. 

🥰 Karen

Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:57 pm


Anonymous wrote:

Hi Terry,

I have really dry skin in the winter but not the summer. My legs especially looks like it is snowing LOL I use the cow cream (white jar with black splotches)...I think it is called udder...

That's the stuff I had to put on my feet during chemotherapy, good stuff. 👍


Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:04 pm


AlexT wrote:

That's the stuff I had to put on my feet during chemotherapy, good stuff. 👍

Yes I love it! So does Ziggy (my puppy)! She always licks it off my legs. 😬 

Maybe I should check the ingredients ...

Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:13 pm


Anonymous wrote:

Yes I love it! So does Ziggy (my puppy)! She always licks it off my legs. 😬 

Maybe I should check the ingredients ...

LOL. It's probably the mayonnaise in it that the puppy likes. 👅 I didn't read the ingredients so I'm not sure what's in it. 😁

Sun Jan 09, 2022 1:16 am

Hi Terry

While I don't seem to experience stoma related dry skin, I began experiencing a dry scalp during the summer, possibly linked to hard water conditions at my home. I researched treatment options and organic coconut oil was suggested. I went for it, and dry scalp is no longer with me.

The product I used is in a jar, in hard form, but in the bathroom it becomes softer, and can also be diluted, I'm really pleased with the outcome. I purchased it from the food section of my local Morrisons supermarket.

Best wishes.

W*

Sun Jan 09, 2022 9:42 am

Hi Terry yes in the colder weather with the furnace  running the air is so dry it causes static and also my skin is dry, itchy, and flaky on my legs, like you i drink variuos liquids all day and have tryed differant lotions with not much success. 

Sun Jan 09, 2022 6:00 pm

Hi!! Yes!!! I have had my Ilestomy now nearly five months, the recent last month my skin has become incrediably dry.

Three weeks after I came home after convalecing from surgery at my brothers, I broke out in this very red hot itchy rash on

my lower legs, the doctor prescribed Lodaid and it has sorted it out. 

BUT  since that has cleared up, skin all over my body is incredibly dry, I use just any hand cream, straight after my shower, seems to be working. 

When I asked my doc about it, she asked me about fluid intake etc, thought maybe I needed to up that, told her any more, I'd bloody drown!!! 

Reason I use hand cream is its way more effective than prescibed creams ( except the Locaid), the hand cream is more absorbant than those

that are greasy and seem to just sit on the skin, feels horrible..

Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:29 am

Hi Terry

When you have had a shower you could put pure coconut oil on and let it absorb for a while before putting your next bag on. Once it has been on for a while use a unscented baby wipe to remove and dab dry then put your bag on. I hope this helps xx

Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:28 pm


ron in mich wrote:

Hi Terry yes in the colder weather with the furnace  running the air is so dry it causes static and also my skin is dry, itchy, and flaky on my legs, like you i drink variuos liquids all day and h...

I get the same thing in the winter, sometimes my fingers are so dry, the skin cracks and bleeds.  I started using a product called "Working Hands", and it's great, but really only for hands.

Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:30 pm


Caz67 wrote:

Hi Terry

When you have had a shower you could put pure coconut oil on and let it absorb for a while before putting your next bag on. Once it has been on for a while use a unscented baby wipe to re...

Hi Caz,  I should have been more specific, it's my skin in general, face, hands, legs, that get really dry.  My parastomal skin is just fine, no problems there.  Thanks!

Terry

Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:32 pm


jenny147 wrote:

Hi!! Yes!!! I have had my Ilestomy now nearly five months, the recent last month my skin has become incrediably dry.

Three weeks after I came home after convalecing from surgery at my brothers, I ...

Thanks Jenny,  I will check out the Lodaid, might not be available in this part of the world.


Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:36 pm


delgrl525 wrote:

I get the same thing in the winter, sometimes my fingers are so dry, the skin cracks and bleeds.  I started using a product called "Working Hands", and it's great, but really only for hands.

I use that too...love it!

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