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Factors to Consider When Selecting Skin Cleansing Products

Nix, Denise Henry RN, BAN, MS, CWOCN

Section Editor(s): Pieper, Barbara PhD, RN, CS, CETN, FAAN

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: September 2000 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 260–268

The number of commercially marketed skin cleansing agents continues to grow, providing clinicians with an increasingly large variety of products from which to choose. This variety may lead to confusion about which product to choose, particularly for persons without expertise in the area of skin care. This article reviews common types of skin cleansers, their formulation, ingredients, skin compatibility, pH, and related infection control issues.

A detailed review of common skin cleansers and their influence on the choice of routine cleansing products.

Denise Henry Nix, RN, BAN, MS, CWOCN, is Clinical Nurse Specialist, Vencor Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reprint requests: Denise Henry Nix, RN, BAN, MS, CWOCN, 4101 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55422.

Copyright © 2000 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society