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
Boudreaux's Original Butt Paste
Lantiseptic Protective Ointment
Aloe Vesta® Clear Barrier Spray
Aloe Vesta® Protective Ointment
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
|Description||Medicare DME co-payment Min / Max
|Skin sealants, protectants, moisturizers, ointments, any type, any size||
$0.00 / $0.00
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 https://woundreference.com/app/product?id=384
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* 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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