Incontinence and Skin Care

Incontinence and Skin Care

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Have the freedom to talk about incontinence

Incontinence can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, and if you're one of the millions of Canadians who suffer from incontinence, you'll know that it can also cause sore, chapped, irritated skin throughout the affected areas.

When caused by incontinence, this type of skin irritation is known as “incontinence-associated dermatitis” (IAD). IAD can make the best things about life - like playing with grandchildren or puttering around the garden - much more difficult to enjoy. The good news is, IAD is preventable.


  • 3M™ Cavilon™ Cream squeezed onto fingers.

    That's exactly why 3M™ Cavilon™ Brand Products were created

    Using Cavilon™ Brand Products is an effective, clinically proven way to help prevent IAD. Your delicate skin needs cleansing, protection, and restoration from prolonged contact with moisture and bacteria, and Cavilon™ Brand Products were created to help keep your skin healthy and make your everyday tasks more comfortable. 

  • You're not alone

    You're not alone - Talk to your doctor or nurse

    If you think you might be suffering from IAD, you should have a chat with your doctor or nurse so that your skin can get the care it needs to avoid further damage. If you're reluctant to ask for help, just know that IAD is a condition that is very commonly treated in hospitals and clinics around the world, and there is no need to feel embarrassed. Your healthcare professional will be able to offer comfort and support, and may refer you to a continence adviser - make an appointment today!

Keeping skin healthy

By following a few simple steps. you can stop IAD from controlling your life:

  • The effects of 3M™ Cavilon™ Barrier Cream on the skin and how it works.

    Use the suite of 3M™ Cavilon™ Brand Products to cleanse and help protect your skin. Cavilon™ Brand Products will help you preserve your skin from the moisture and bacteria that cause IAD with an invisible, breathable protective layer.

  • A doctor and a patient discussing incontinence associated dermatitis.

    Talk to your doctor or nurse. Incontinence and IAD are conditions that medical professionals deal with every day, so don't wait - make your appointment today.

  • 3M™ Cavilon™ No-Sting Barrier Film.

    Keep your skin clean whenever you can, using extra-gentle cleansers specially formulated for fragile skin. Used in conjunction with Cavilon™ Barrier Cream, Cavilon™ Moisture Barrier Ointment (DIN 02443333) and Cavilon™ No-Sting Barrier Film, you’ll significantly reduce your risk of developing IAD.

  • An older lady sitting cross legged and smiling.

    Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes whenever possible. Give your skin the chance to breathe with fabrics that won't add to the irritation. You'll also prevent any tight clothing from rubbing on patches of sore skin and making them worse.

  • A dancing couple who feel comfortable knowing that 3M™ Cavilon™ Brand is there to help with incontinence.

    Try to stay active, and don't let IAD rob you of your mobility! As an incontinence sufferer, you're more at risk of painful pressure ulcers if you allow yourself to stay inactive - wet skin is more vulnerable to rubbing and friction. Make Cavilon™ Brand Products part of your routine, and stay as mobile as you can - head outside or spend time with your friends and family for an all-around boost to your health and well-being.

  • Hands being washed under a sink.

    Always cleanse your skin immediately after an episode of fecal incontinence. Use a gentle technique and avoid traditional soaps –use pH-balanced cleansers instead. Cavilon™ No-Rinse Skin Cleansers are formulated to gently cleanse, moisturize and soothe irritated skin.

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Are you suffering from incontinence?

Don't let IAD stop you doing the things that you love. Small changes to your routine can make a huge difference to your quality of life, and your healthcare professional and Cavilon™ Brand Products are here to help.

Where can I buy 3M™ Cavilon™ Brand Products?

You can buy 3M™ Cavilon™ Brand Products in-store or online from one of our authorized retailers. And better still, there's no need for a prescription.

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