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At Hollister Ostomy Care, we are driven by clinical evidence and innovation. Through ongoing clinical studies, research initiatives, and product evaluations, we seek to provide you with the best possible products to serve your individual needs.
This means there's a custom solution for each unique stoma and body type — so you can leave the worry behind and get back to living life to the fullest.
One role of the skin is to provide a barrier between the inside of the body and the external environment. The outermost layer of the skin, called the epidermis, performs this function.
The epidermis has five layers. The top layer — the stratum corneum — is responsible for protecting the tissue underneath from infection, dehydration, chemicals, and mechanical stress from the skin barrier.
The stratum corneum is made up of cells called corneocytes. These cells interlock together in complex vertical columns, filled with a mix of proteins and lipids. Any outside substance must penetrate a tough path within this matrix.
In addition to protecting the body from outside invaders, the stratum corneum prevents the escape of water and helps the skin stay well hydrated, healthy, and supple.
Ceramide is a natural component of human skin that supports the function of all five of the layers of the epidermis. Ceramide is made of waxy, lipid molecules that link cells together to form a waterproof, protective barrier. Ceramides help prevent water loss that can lead to skin damage and dryness.
Just like a brick wall needs mortar to keep it strong and firm, the skin needs ceramide to bond the cells of the outer skin.
The relationship between ceramide and skin health has been well established. Ceramide levels are abundant in healthy skin. Lower levels of ceramide may be present in dry, damaged, and inflamed skin.
The CeraPlus skin barrier is our newest skin barrier. It's infused with ceraminde, the skin's naturally occurring protection against dryness. The CeraPlus skin barrier is designed to maintain adhesive properties, while also helping to maintain healthy skin.
Hollister Ostomy Care recently asked 184 clinicians from around the world to use the CeraPlus skin barrier with Remois Technology2 and provide us with their feedback.
Based on their evaluations of 284 patients3, they indicated that the use of the CeraPlus skin barrier:
In a word — they were impressed. And we are, too. Here are just a few highlights of what we learned:
For full details, or to give the CeraPlus skin barrier a try with patients, healthcare professionals should contact their Hollister Ostomy Care sales representative.
If you're living with an ostomy and would like to learn more about the CeraPlus skin barrier click here.
You can also contact Hollister Secure Start services at 1.888.808.7456 to request a sample.
1. The data produced are not the result of a randomized or controlled study. Data on file. Hollister Incorporated.
2. Remois is a technology of Alcare Co., Ltd.
2. As reported by their Stoma Care nurse with product used as part of overall care plan.
3. Taneja, C., Netsch, D., Rolstad, BZ., Inglese, G., Lamerato, L., Oster, G., Clinical and Economic Burden of Peristomal Skin Complications in Patients with Recent Ostomies JWOCN 2017 Vol. 44, No. 4 Page 350-357
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