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Critic-Aid® Clear, 6 oz, 12 Eaches/Box

Critic-Aid® Clear is a clear moisture barrier ointment. INTENDED USES: Helps prevent and treat most topical skin irritation due to incontinence. CLAIMED FEATURES: Clear moisture barrier. CMC allows product to adhere to intact, eroded and wet, weepy skin. Petrolatum provides the strongest protection against irritants and helps avoid maceration. Dimethicone hydrates and conditions the skin and allows for easy application and removal. Minimal ingredients. Easy to apply and remove. CHG compatible. Suitable for neonatal use. OPTIONS: 6 oz, 12 Eaches/Box

Product Information

Moisture barriers prevent skin water loss by acting as a physical barrier when applied over the skin. These products generally contain a formulation of oils, waxes, or silicone. Many products contain a combination of a moisture barrier, humectant (attracts water to tissue), and/or emollient (assists with skin elasticity and resilience).

Moisture barriers protect the skin from exposure to excessive moisture with a barrier product in order to reduce the risk of pressure damage.  Moisture barriers are indicated for use on stage I pressure ulcers, on periwound skin to prevent skin maceration, and on pressure points, bony prominences, and other at-risk skin for the prevention of skin breakdown.

Such products are often utilized for the prevention and treatment of skin irritation due to bodily fluids (urine, feces) in persons with incontinence and other moisture-related skin afflictions.

Moisture barriers may come in a paste, cream, ointment or spray.

Spray application means less chance of cross contamination, which may improve infection control

No rubbing necessary after spraying affected area, resulting in less friction and shear with removal and minimizing skin breakdown

Helps reduce product waste and saves money

Moisture barrier creams are incredibly easy to use, as long as proper cleaning procedures are followed.  Never apply a moisture barrier cream to a soiled perineal area.  Follow these simple steps to protect patients against skin deterioration and enhance their comfort.

Clean the skin with a mild skin soap

Pat the skin dry or allow to air dry

Apply a thin layer of moisture barrier cream to the affected area

Repeat above steps 2-4 times daily

Repeat above steps after each incontinence episode

In infants, moisture barriers are commonly used to treat diaper rash. Many of theses products may be purchased over the counter.  Examples of moisture barriers include but are not limited to:

    Dr. Smith's® Zinc Oxide Adult Barrier Spray

    Calmoseptine Ointment

    Boudreaux's Original Butt Paste

    Lantiseptic Protective Ointment

     Aloe Vesta® Clear Barrier Spray

     Aloe Vesta® Protective Ointment

     Baza® Clear

     Baza® Protect Cream

     Coloplast Sween 24 Once a Day Moisturizing Body Cream

     Critic-Aid Skin Paste

     Critic-Aid® Clear *

     Remedy® with Phytoplex™ Hydraguard 

    Remedy Dimethicone Skin Protectant Cream

Moisture barriers are contraindicated for use on deep or puncture wounds, infections or lacerations and are for external use only. Always read manufacturer’s instructions and use according to directions. 

Pricing and Suppliers

Is it covered by Medicare Part B?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) does not routinely cover skin sealants, protectants, moisturizers or ointments. Medicare has guidelines that establish what is considered medically necessary and how often an item can be used.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Local Coverage Determination for Surgical Dressings (L33831)

How can I purchase this product?

You can purchase this type of product directly at pharmacies and medical supply stores. when available, please see "Other Stores" below.

The table below shows highest and lowest Medicare pricing across the country
DescriptionMedicare DME co-payment Min / Max
Skin sealants, protectants, moisturizers, ointments, any type, any size $0.00 / $0.00
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Estimated out-of-pocket cost: $165.43

If your insurance does not cover this product, you can purchase it directly from any store. A list of online stores and prices is provided below for your convenience. For updated prices, find it on the internet at

Other Stores

Amazon$165.43 Inquire vendor Inquire vendor Free with Prime  
* Indicates whether store accepts Medicare or commercial insurance, but may not apply to this specific product. See coding, coverage and reimubursement for more information.
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