Fragile Skin Needs Special Care.

How To Take Care of Fragile Skin

Fragile, thinning skin can be very different from normal, healthy skin and baby skin. Nurses in hospitals use a fragile skin care protocol that follows several key steps to clean, protect and heal vulnerable skin.

The other key is to use products that are specially formulated for the unique nature of fragile adult skin. Baby products and cosmetic skin care products may not be ideal for these specific needs, and harsh soaps may excessively dry your skin out, leaving it even more vulnerable. Here are some tips from expert wound-care nurses:

Take Special Care When Washing Fragile Skin

Fragile, thin skin is at greatest risk when cleansing and washing. A large part of managing fragile skin starts with using the right products and techniques to ensure you minimize damage to your skin.

  • Use lukewarm water when possible instead of excessively hot or cold temperatures.
  • Limit showers and baths to less than ten minutes to minimize excessively drying out your skin.
  • When bathing, use a gentle soap that is pH-balanced for mature, adult skin, such as Welmedix HomeCare PRO No-Rinse Cleansing Foam. Avoid baby products as they are designed for a very different type of skin.
  • Avoid harsh scrubbing as fragile, thin skin can be very prone to skin tears, bruising and breakdown. Instead, gently lather and clean skin, taking special care around sensitive and personal areas.

Moisturize Regularly and Often

The next step to managing fragile skin is to moisturize your skin daily. When managing dry, papery (crepey) skin, ensuring your skin stays as hydrated and supple as possible is key.

  • A great time to moisturize your skin is immediately after showering or bathing, when your skin is towel-dried but still slightly damp. Using a deeply moisturizing cream or ointment like Welmedix HomeCare PRO Fragile Skin Protective Ointment can help your skin retain its moisture over extended periods of time.
  • Take extra care when moisturizing to cover exposed areas of your body, including your face, neck. arms, hands, legs and feet. Make sure to smooth over problem areas like fingers, heels, elbows and knees. Helping skin stay as supple as possible can be helpful if you are experiencing skin breakdown and tearing.

Help Protect Against Skin Breakdown

Don’t forget about areas covered with clothing. Excessive moisture from sweat and bodily fluids can cause painful chafing and other skin irritations, leading to rash and skin breakdown.

  • Use a protective barrier cream like Welmedix HomeCare PRO Fragile Skin Protective Ointment to cover and help prevent skin breakdown caused by excess wetness. Pay special attention to skin folds, underarms and groin area.
  • Wear loose fitting, well ventilated clothing if you experience sweating regularly, especially if you are overweight.
  • Make sure to reapply as needed to help prevent rash, especially when managing incontinence.

Give Broken Skin a Chance To Heal

When fragile skin becomes painful, inflamed and rashy due to excessive wetness from sweat, soils and other bodily fluids, it is imperative you treat it quickly before it gets worse. Untreated, it could lead to serious complications and even hospitalization as fragile skin is significantly more vulnerable to breakdown and infection than healthy skin.

  • Treat the affected area with a zinc-oxide barrier cream like Welmedix HomeCare PRO Rapid Relief Rash Cream. Zinc-oxide helps cover the area fully, soothing and helping prevent further damage and giving your skin a chance to heal. The special formulation is designed specifically for fragile adult skin and is infused with nourishing botanicals that can help heal and soothe.
  • Ensure regular cleansing of affected area with a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser that won’t dry out your skin, like Welmedix HomeCare PRO No-Rinse Cleansing Foam. Take care to gently cleanse and avoid harsh scrubbing, as skin may still be very sensitive and raw.
  • Gently dry the area and immediately reapply barrier cream to provide a layer of protection until healed.
  • When healed, continue to cleanse and moisturize fragile skin.