Eakin Cohesive Seals (“Eakin Rings”) – REVIEW (w/ video)

One of the most recognized products in the ostomy world are Eakin Cohesive Seals.

The brand is so well-known that an entire category of products, barrier rings, are often referred to simply as “Eakin rings”, much like how we often use the name “Xerox” to mean photocopy.  

I’ve been buying Eakin Cohesive Seals for over a year, and it’s time for a review!


Eakin Cohesive Seals (Eakin Rings): Ostomy Product Review

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About the Product

The Eakin Cohesive Seals are manufactured by TG Eakin Ltd., a family owned and operated company based out of Northern Ireland.  

Eakin has been making Cohesive Seals since 1980, and they’ve been a product I’ve used to help heal my skin and prevent leaks.

The seals come in several shapes and sizes, but I’ve used the Small Cohesive Seals and the Slim Cohesive Seals over the last little while.

Cohesive Seals are like sticky plasticine rings, perhaps a bit stiffer than that, but they are intended to help prevent leaks for all types of ostomies (ileostomy, colostomy, and urostomy).

They are free of animal ingredients and are quite gentle on the skin.

Eakin Ring
Eakin Ring

Both the Small Cohesive and Slims are 48mm in diameter, but the Slims are… slimmer (approx. 4.2 mm vs. 3mm).  

One nice thing about this product is that you can cut, mold and shape these however you like.  

Because of this, I find that buying the thicker rings works best for me because I can use an entire ring or split it up and use half the amount (essentially turning it into Slims).

Eakin ring thickness
This is the “Small” Eakin Ring, which is thicker than the “Slims”.

The Small and Slim Cohesive Seals are sold in boxes of 20 or 10 sealed packets (although you get 30 in Europe), and there is a larger, 98mm version called Large Cohesive Seals, which are ideal for urostomies, and that one is packaged in boxes of 10.

Eakin rings box
Eakin rings box
Eakin rings package
Eakin rings package

How I Use These Rings

There are two ways to apply these rings: directly onto your skin before applying your wafer or onto your wafer before sticking it to your skin.  

When I started using these rings, I found that applying them to my skin worked well, but I ran into a few appliance changes where my stoma would be a little wet (as stomas tend to be) and if the Cohesive seal would touch it, it would no longer stick properly to my skin.  

Now, I’ll stick the seals to my already-cut wafer before applying the wafer to my skin.  

This has been the most reliable way, but it’s a matter of preference.

Eakin ring around stoma
You can apply these rings directly to your skin around your stoma.
Eakin Ring on wafer
Or you can apply it directly to your wafer.

The seals are meant to last the entire time you wear your appliance, which for me has been between 3-5 days (mostly 3).  

Cohesive Seals have a tendency to break down with prolonged exposure to moisture, including sweat, which causes them to “melt”.  

This hasn’t happened often to me, but it is something that does happen under the right circumstances; these seals have lasted longer than other products I’ve used.

Do They Work?

For the most part, Eakin Cohesive Seals have worked to help heal the skin around my stoma and prevent leaks.  

I do, however, find that the results can sometimes be inconsistent, which is common for barrier rings, at least in my experience.  

For instance, I might see very little erosion after 4 days of wear on one appliance change, and very heavy erosion after 3 days of wear on another.  

I’ve had a few leaks while wearing these seals (which were contained under my wafer), although I can’t say that the seals have been to blame every single time, I’m more inclined to point the finger at overnight pouch ballooning instead.

I’ve also notice that when I use a full thick seal (Small Cohesive Seal), it can sometimes create more pressure on the skin around the stoma, similar to what a convex wafer does, and that causes my appliance to stick out a bit and it makes things slightly uncomfortable; the Slim seals do not do this.

One thing I don’t like about this product (and other barrier rings, for that matter), is that it leaves a very sticky residue on my fingers when I’m molding it during an appliance change.

This can make things a challenge when applying a wafer, although a certain level of stickiness is expected in order to adhere to your skin and create a good seal.

Worse than having sticky fingers, though, is how difficult these are to remove off my skin..

I use adhesive remover wipes, but it’s a challenge to remove the seal and its residue during an appliance change.  

The reason I find this particularly frustrating is because shaving around my stoma is impossible if that residue isn’t removed completely off my skin.


At the time of this writing (March 2015), a box of 20 Small Cohesive Rings (p/n 839002) cost around CDN$120, and a 10 pack of Slims (p/n 839005) are approx. CDN$60.  

As stated before, these come packaged in boxes of 30 in Europe.

ConvaTec is the main distributor of Eakin products in Canada and the United States, so any retail store that stocks ConvaTec ostomy supplies should have Eakin products too.

These are covered by my insurance company (Green Shield Canada), and should be covered by most other insurance providers.  

Eakin does offer free samples internationally through their site HERE.


  • Helps prevent leaks and protects the skin around the stoma.
  • Manufactured by a family owned and operated company.
  • Can help to save money if your leaks forced you to change your appliance often (also see con re: cost).
  • Can be molded to fit around any size or shape of stoma.
  • Available internationally.
  • No animal ingredients.
  • Gentle on the skin.
  • Individually sealed.


  • Inconsistent results (for me).
  • Can sometimes “melt” during sweating and high temperatures (i.e summer).
  • Leaves a residue on skin that requires an extra effort to remove.
  • Can add a significant cost to your appliance change if you aren’t trying to prevent leaks (also see pro).


There’s no doubt that Cohesive Seals can be a huge asset for any ostomate who’s experiencing leaks or soreness around their stoma (caused by leaks).  

They’ve helped my skin tremendously, and I know of many ostomates who’ve experienced the same benefit.

Despite some of the annoyances that are common with this type of product, Cohesive Seals can improve the quality of life for any ostomate who’s experiencing skin or appliance problems.

Info: For more information, please visit: https://www.eakin.eu/

Question: Have you used Eakin Cohesive Seals? How have they worked for you?

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Sharon sopko
Sharon sopko
1 year ago

Hello could you explain the whys people use the slim rings compared to the thicker ones.
I have a 11 month old urostomy. Due to bladder cancer.
I have such leaking issues. Always to the upper medial side of my appliance.
I always wonder why the urine is going uphill.
Yes I have some ripples in my skin because my scar is so close and it healed puckered. I do use putty in the deep one and believe these rings are filling in the smaller ones

2 years ago

Hi Syd, I echo what Eric has said, on a little child it’s going to need professional help to access the situation. It’s a shame you’re not receiving proper care but maybe joining the forum you can give more details and could be directed toward help. 

2 years ago


My one year old baby had an ilesotomy two weeks ago and we have been struggling with his stoma care. We have done three bag changes so far ( 2 were the two piece and the third was the pelican convex since his stoma is flushed). Despite using stoma powder, barrier spray, aroma paste once and cohesive seal the third time, his skin got excoriated. I have for now removed the bag and just placed a guaze. Shall I let his skin heal first or How shall I resume the use of bags ?
Would a alcohol free paste heal the excoriation ?
At the last change I had tried using the cohesive seal directly around his stoma but I found it challenging to make it sit securely. It kept sticking on my finger and I could tell it wasn’t secure around the stoma and therefore when I remove the bag I noticed that stool had leaked underneath. Can you give me a step wise guidance on stoma bag application for a non-protruding stoma.

I am frustrated with the lack of stoma care support in my location

2 years ago
Reply to  Syd

Syd- I had to look up the word “excoriated”.  I have had that raw burning skin. So not fun! Years ago, a young Mom I new had her baby boy the same days as my girl was born. Her son was born without a rectum and anus. They were able to create one and train him to use it. Amazing! On one visit she was healing a rash like this and had applied Penetin baby rash cream to the area, then a powder. Not sure what it was back then, but I used the Stoma Powder on mine, along with the Penetin. I changed the bag twice a day till I saw a difference. Then moved to once and then every second and so forth. I also slept on a slant, allowing gravity to take things down the bag. I also stopped using Eakin Rings as I had no valleys to fill.  Very few issues since.  For that sticky residue of the Rings, I used a product bought from the pharmacist called Solvo-Plast ll.  Smelly but it worked great. Please give your little one a hug from this gramma.  You are all in my prayers!

3 years ago

Hi All and Eric, thanks so much for the website. Truly a boon for this new ostomate (April 20, Ilesotomy) I had leaks with the Sensura Mio and added an eakin slim. I found the skin was still irritated. My question is how much should I be moulding the ring to the stoma? Is it really important to get it up close and firm? The video on the Eakin website seems to imply this. Thanks in advance.

David Spector
4 years ago

I have used mostly Eakin thick rings, and started having leaks a couple of weeks after my ileostomy, on Aug 9. Using convex rings, protective (plastic) wipes, and 4 inch rings don’t help. The biggest improvement was when I started spraying the skin side of the rings with Hollister medical adhesive (letting them dry before application). But this isn’t perfect, and I get a lot of melting, presumably from the warm output. I will try Tegaderm rings. Something has to work reliably.

Susan Bogatin
Susan Bogatin(@smbogatin)
5 years ago

I’m a new ostomate (just had surgery on Feb 8, 2016) and almost immediately had significant skin breakdown around a very retracted stoma. We’re trying a variety of methods, and so far the Eakin rings seems to be working well. I notice in one of the comments below the 3M tegaderm skin barrier. I’ve heard of these. Are these also skin barrier/protectants? Can you use them under the Eakin rings, or should you simply use the wafer on top of that? We’re using convex wafers, too.

BTW, as i’m having to learn A LOT, I really appreciate your site and all the hard work you’ve put into it. I think I’m on here at least once a day looking stuff up. Thanks so much.

5 years ago
Reply to  Susan Bogatin

Hi Susan,

Thank you for your kind words :)

Tegaderm is a very thin tape-like material which comes in many sizes and shapes. I get a similar product, Opsite Flexifix, but you can apply it under your wafer – it doesn’t absorb moisture like Duoderm (another product), but it can act as a physical barrier for your skin. The company Costa Medical has a product called Stoma Seal, which is made of Tegaderm, but it comes in disks to make it easier to apply around your stoma (after you’ve cut a hole for it) – the Tegaderm that I’m used to seeing is often in rolls, and it’s more difficult to apply around the stoma because more than one piece is needed.

Take care,


Susan Bogatin
Susan Bogatin(@smbogatin)
5 years ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

Thanks so much. I checked out the Costa Medical site and ordered a pack of the Stoma Seals. They look like they might be able to mold a bit into the area where my stoma empties onto my skin, so may be an excellent option for me to try.

Orihara Kaoru
Orihara Kaoru(@oriharakaoru)
5 years ago

The residue has always been a big issue for me, so I’m looking forward to trying some of the wipes that will hopefully make removal easier. Currently I’m using alcohol wipes, which kind of work or at least work better than water.

When I first started using Eakin seals, I was trying the smush and mold method you describe above, but I’ve since switched to barely doing anything to them – just sticking them on the back of my wafer and pressing down so they adhere. But my stoma opening is very similar to the pre-cut size of the hole in the seals, so this works well for me. I also still use paste for extra protection and adherence to my skin.

5 years ago
Reply to  Orihara Kaoru

I don’t use alcohol-based wipes, but I’ve had success with any of the silicone-based adhesive removers (like Niltac, Sensi-Care, etc.).

I’m glad you’ve been able to apply these seals without much fuss! Definitely makes things easier when you don’t have to worry about molding them to size.

john graham
john graham
6 years ago

Hi, I’m new to this site but came across it when researching what other uses thought of this product., which I have been using for over a year now, mainly without issue. Your review was accurate and fair.
I use the slims and had had occasional slight leakage under the ring but nothing serious until recently and following re-packaging by the manufacturer who have begun to use small clear plastic discs either side of the seal rather than previous stiff paper discs. The first thing I noticed was that seal is now softer and easier to mold, even when cold; then the leaks started, 4 in as many weeks. This was accompanied by soreness and irritation.
When I changed a couple of days ago, the seal I used was a left over from a previous box and had the paper discs either side. True to form, it was stiffer to the touch, but great on the skin, no irritation, no stinging, real comfort just like the first time I applied a sample 15 month or so ago.
I live in UK and, as you said, we get our supplies in boxes of 30. I am interested to know if anyone else has noticed a change in these seals since they were repackaged, if in fact this is a universal re-packaging or just UK

6 years ago
Reply to  john graham

Hey John,

Wow, that’s disappointing to hear. I haven’t had to purchase a new box of Eakin seals lately, but I have used another brand of barrier ring that sound very similar to what you describe, and it also performed poorly for me.

I would contact Eakin directly to see if this was simply a mistake (bad batch) or if that formulation will be the norm.

I’d love to know what you find out.

Take care,


Orihara Kaoru
Orihara Kaoru(@oriharakaoru)
5 years ago
Reply to  john graham

Hi John,

I’ve been using Eakin seals for years (probably around 10?) and noticed the same packaging change (I live in Canada). I was apprehensive, but the seals so far have been working the same for me, as far as I can tell. I also wear a 3M tegaderm skin barrier under my wafer, which offers additional protection from leaks and could be the reason I’m not noticing a difference with the seals.

6 years ago

Hi again Eric,

Yes I have been using Eakin Seals for a bit over a year now, I like them because they are mouldable.
I too still have some leaks,

“But hey who said it’s a perfect science?”

Anyway, I like them and will continue to use them I may even try the “slims” if I can get them here in Australia.

6 years ago

I have always used eakin seals and yes every once and a whil I have issues. For me they work 99% of the time and i don’t mind the residue