December 9, 2014
Combination of Zinc Oxide and Dimethicone seals out wetness to sooth and protect sensitive skin
GREENSBORO, NC (December 9, 2014) – ConvaTec, a leading global medical products and technologies company, today announced the launch of an innovative Clear Zinc skin care protectant for diaper rash and other incontinence-associated skin issues.
Sensi-Care® Clear Zinc Skin Protectant is formulated with Zinc Oxide – known for its mild antibacterial activity and skin-soothing properties – and Dimethicone, which repels water to help keep skin dry. This combination makes Sensi-Care Clear Zinc Skin Protectant ideal for people of any age who are at risk for diaper rash or skin irritation associated with incontinence.
In addition, the Clear Zinc allows for visual inspection of underlying skin during use, a distinct advantage compared with traditional white zinc paste. The easy-to-spread formula creates minimal friction during application and forms a thin film that helps to protect skin.
Diaper rash is a common skin condition in babies and young children caused by the skin staying wet, rubbing from the diaper and contact with chemicals in urine and stool. However, diaper rash can affect people of any age when diapers or incontinence briefs are worn. Those at risk include the elderly, disabled and those suffering from temporary or permanent health conditions that can cause incontinence.
Irritation of the skin caused by repeated exposure to urine and/or feces can result in inflammation. Left untreated, inflammation can become chronic, which can lead to fungal or bacterial infection and skin breakdown.
“This product is designed for sensitive skin that’s already compromised,” said Joe Rolley, Vice President and acting General Manager, ConvaTec Wound Therapeutics. “People with skin issues understand how quickly a minor skin irritation can turn into something much worse. With this product, they’ve got a powerful tool to help keep skin healthy.”
Sensi-Care Clear Zinc is dermatologist tested, CHG compatible, hypoallergenic, and fragrance and dye free. CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) is a disinfectant and broad-spectrum antiseptic used in many skin cleansers.
Sensi-Care Clear Zinc is the newest addition to ConvaTec’s full portfolio of skin care products developed to meet a broad set of customer needs. Sensi-Care products work together in a simple, proven 1-2-3 system to cleanse, moisturize and protect sensitive skin. The line includes Sensi-Care Body Wash & Shampoo, Perineal/Skin Cleanser, Body Cream, Protective Barrier, and now, Clear Zinc Skin Protectant.
To help healthcare professionals achieve the best possible clinical and financial outcomes, ConvaTec provides an evidence-based skin care protocol with its Solutions® Algorithms program and offers continuing medical education courses through ConvaTec Academy. Combined with a formulary of ConvaTec products, Solutions Algorithms have been tested in clinical studies and proven effective in preventing skin complications (such as pressure ulcers and incontinence dermatitis) and reducing the cost of care. For more information: www.ConvaTecAcademy.com.
For information on Sensi-Care Clear Zinc and the full portfolio of ConvaTec skin care products: http://convatec.com/wound-skin/skin-care/protect.aspx.
ConvaTec is a global medical products and technologies company with leading market positions in wound therapeutics, ostomy care, continence and critical care, and infusion devices. Our products provide a range of clinical and economic benefits, including infection prevention, protection of at-risk skin, improved patient outcomes and reduced total cost of care. ConvaTec has more than 8,000 employees, with 11 manufacturing sites in 8 countries, and we do business in more than 100 countries. We are owned by Nordic Capital and Avista Capital Partners.
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