The Benefits of Skin Barrier Extenders

Skin barrier extenders are ostomy accessories that can help your skin barrier fit better and last longer.


Learn all about skin barrier extenders.

Skin barrier extenders are curved adhesive strips that “frame” the skin barrier and help it conform to uneven body folds and contours. They may help increase wear time (i.e., how long you can wear your skin barrier before it fails) by reducing barrier edge lifting and increasing the adhesive coverage area.

You may want to consider using skin barrier extenders if:

  • You want an enhanced sense of security
  • You do not use (or need a skin-friendly alternative to) a skin barrier with an integrated tape border
  • You need extra adhesion to accommodate abdominal creases or a parastomal hernia (i.e., a protrusion of the intestine through the abdominal muscles around the stoma)

Skin barrier extenders are made of a thin and flexible hydrocolloid formulation, which allows them to absorb moisture that could compromise the integrity of the skin barrier seal. Three barrier extenders can usually reinforce the entire outer edge of the wafer, but you can use as many as you feel are necessary.

If you use a barrier with an integrated tape border and the tape is causing skin irritation, you can put barrier extenders under the border so it does not make direct contact with your skin.

To get step-by-step instructions on how to apply skin barrier extenders, view our care tips sheet.



Interested in trying our CeraPlusTM Barrier Extenders? You can request a sample online or call Hollister Secure StartSM Services at 888.808.7456.


Disclaimer: Prior to use, be sure to read the Instructions for Use for information regarding Intended Use, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Instructions. Contact the manufacturer of your skin barrier extenders directly to get answers to specific product questions.