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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


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Yup, common enough that Hollister made an entire line of products to help with dry skin! Their CeraPlus wafers should help. I actually had to stop using them because my skin isn't typically dry and I wasn't able to get long wear time vs. their non-CeraPlus wafers!

Try to sample them for at least a few weeks so your skin can reap the benefits. 

And be sure to avoid any soaps around the stoma in case that's making the problem worse. 

Of course, age may be a fact, but that doesn't mean it's a permanent problem. 

Good luck! 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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@veganostomy Sorry Eric,  I should have been more clear.  I'm not talking about my parastomal skin, in fact it's fine.  I'm just talking about my skin in general, face, hands, legs even.  I'm wondering if because of my ileostomy, my body is not absorbing enough water, despite my increased consumption, and this is what's causing my skin to be drier than normal.  Have you ever heard of this?  

 

Terry


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Have you ever heard of this?

Hmm. That would be interesting, and could possibly be related if you are chronically dehydrated.

But, I've never seen that mentioned as a common theme in post-surgery studies. 

I would guess it would have more to do with the season and indoor/outdoor humidity. This time of my year, my hands can get so dry that they bleed. 

Has anything changed for you this year that would make dry skin a more common occurrence? Furnace, unseasonably dry climate, low humidity, etc.? I keep a thermometer/hydrometer in most rooms, and it's pretty low right now at around 35%. 

Consider a humidifier if things get worse, and of course, keep up on your fluid intake :) 

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Terry, I think Eric might be on the right track. The wacky weather you’re having on the west coast lately might be behind this. My husband also suffers from bleeding fingers during the winter. When the temperature plummets, the furnace inside comes on much more frequently, drying out everything in the house. We use a Coloplast product called AttracTain, a moisturizer that is really effective for dry skin. We tend to only use it in the winter. You should be able to find it at any pharmacy. 

Laurie

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Stop using soap.  I haven't washed my face with soap for years. Rinse well and dry with a firm towel. Stop using fabric softeners.

I doubt the average person gets dirty enough for soap anyway these days.  

Watch your urine color, body pulls urine from blood supply if i remember correctly . blood feeds skin.  Electrolytes may play a roll?, if i drink a lot of water,  i get chapped lips.


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Hot showers feel great in winter but they pull all body oil from skin.  Try a super short warm shower during  winter.


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@veganostomy Thanks Eric,  I'm sure the weather is contributing, but I've always had dry skin issues in the winter.  I'm wondering if it's an electrolyte issue, that maybe I'm not absorbing as much of the water I drink as my body needs.  I do add salt to my water, but perhaps I need to do more than that.  I should probably talk to a dietician but I'm not sure how much the average dietician would know about the needs of people with ileos!  

 

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@tigerlily Thanks Laurie,  My fingers crack and bleed too in the winter.  I started using this amazing stuff called "Working Hands", but it's really only good for hands.  No cracking or bleeding since I started it.  I'm sure you are right about our wacky weather.  I feel like I suddenly moved to Edmonton!

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@varg55 I think it's reasonable to think that an ileostomy could contribute to dry skin, especially since it increases our need for fluids. It may not be a bad idea to speak with a dietician and keep a food log (fluid intake) for about a week before you see them. 

Let us know how it goes if you take that route. 

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