A Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Stoma Powder (w/ video)

Ostomy Stoma Powder


Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Stoma Powder
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What is Stoma Powder?

Stoma powder is a product that is used to absorb excess moisture from the skin, more commonly when the skin is weepy and raw (usually around the stoma).  

The powder will gel when wet, but it does not contain adhesive.

How Stoma Powder is Usually Sold

Stoma powder is usually sold in small, 1 ounce bottles.  While stoma powder is often covered under most insurance policies, it’s a fairly inexpensive product and one small bottle can last many months.  In Canada, prices for stoma powder can be between CDN$10 and $12 per 1 ounce bottle.

Coloplast Brava ostomy Powder
Coloplast Brava Powder is free of animal-based ingredients.

Purchase on Amazon

You can purchase stoma powder on Amazon (affiliate links): USA | CANADA

How to Use Stoma Powder

In most cases, stoma powder is applied directly only weepy or raw skin after the area has been cleaned and dried.

It’s important to make sure that the powder has been dusted off so there’s no visible powder left on the skin; failure to do this will likely cause your wafer to lose its adhesive strength.  

You can often apply a barrier wipe product over the dusted stoma power to improve your wafer’s adhesiveness.

Stoma powder and barrier wipes/sprays can also be used together in a technique called the “Crusting technique“. The crusting technique can be especially useful if you’ve got raw skin around your stoma.  The basic steps involved in the crusting technique are:

1. Make sure your skin is clean and dry.

2. Apply a layer of stoma powder on top of the raw skin.

3. I like to dust off any excess powder by tapping on the skin near the area I just applied powder to.

4. Either apply barrier spray or use barrier wipes directly onto the powder (this will make the powder wet).

5. Let the powder dry (it will turn white again as it dries).

6. You can apply your wafer at this point, but more often you’ll repeat steps 2-6 for another one or two times before applying the wafer.

I have used the crusting technique with mixed results and I find using barrier rings to be better for healing around the stoma (I will have a separate video and article about it soon).

Irritation around stoma before using stoma powder
See that raw, red skin around the stoma? That’s where you’d put stoma powder over.
Using Stoma powder
Here you can see the stoma powder over the irritated skin. At this point, you apply a barrier wipe/spray on it and repeat (if necessary) before applying a wafer.

Tips When Using Stoma Powder

  • Less is better when it comes to stoma powder! Using too much will cause you more problems than you need!
  • Do not use stoma powder unless your skin is weepy or raw, since there’s no advantage to using it (it doesn’t prevent skin irritation) and could negatively affect your wafer instead.
  • If you have persistent irritation, you should speak with your stoma nurse. Stoma powder should be used for acute irritation and chronic issues should be corrected at the source, not managed with powder after the damage is done.

Is Stoma Powder Vegan-Friendly?

Stoma powders can be made from a pectin, cellulose or gelatin base, but more often than not, it’ll contain gelatin, so please refer to my vegan/non-vegan list of products to see which are free of animal-based ingredients.

Additional Resources

What’s in your stoma powder?

6 thoughts on “A Mini Guide to Ostomy Supplies: Stoma Powder (w/ video)”

  1. My wife has had a stoma for 2 years and the skin is highly irritated right now. We have been cutting the flange bigger than the stoma and leaving the powder on. We use a moldable ring that we mold to fit the flange. Is this all wrong?

    • I’m sorry to hear that your wife is having trouble, Woody.

      It’s best to identify the cause of the irritation before making any new changes.

      Is the irritation around the stoma or around the outer potion of the wafer? Is her skin open and weepy or just red and sore?

      It’s always best to have a stoma nurse check out skin problems, just in case they are more than minor irritation or require some kind of intervention (which is common when someone has a fungal infection).

    • Hi Pauline,

      I’m sorry you’ve been going through that. If you haven’t already, I would strongly suggest having a stoma nurse look at your stoma and the skin around your stoma to make sure that everything is healthy.

      Soreness and stinging could indicate a number of things, some of which can be relatively minor or easy to fix, but I’d rather not have you guessing since small problems can lead to bigger ones.

      Best to you.

    • I use a thin ring around my “rosie” at every bag change as was demonstrated to me at the hospital. I’ve now had my UROSTOMY stoma for two years and the skin around it looks the same as the skin on the other side of my abdomen. I’ve never had raw or even irritated/inflamed skin so I can’t comment on using it on that condition.
      I’m a big fan of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and have no intention of discontinuing the use of powder at every change. It seems to me the powder, once sprayed with barrier spray, swells and “deals with” any urine that tries to bypass the adhesive ring (Sensuro Mio convex one piece) – it seals the join and prevents the moisture from causing problems (touching wood, touching wood, touching wood…)


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