To care for skin with an ileostomy, an individual should wash the skin with warm water and dry it before attaching the pouch, according to MedlinePlus. He should avoid using any skin care product that contains alcohol, as it can dry the skin, and any product with oil. This can make it difficult to attach the pouch.
If there is hair around the stoma site, the pouch may not stick, so removing the hair can make it easier, explains MedlinePlus. It is best to ask an ostomy nurse how to shave the particular area. If using a safety razor with shaving cream or soap, the patient should make sure to thoroughly rinse the skin after shaving. It is also possible for an individual to use an electric shaver, trimming scissors or laser hair removal, but he should not use a straight edge razor. Individuals need to protect the stoma during hair removal.
People should look at the stoma and skin each time they change the barrier or pouch, states MedlinePlus. If the skin looks red or wet, the pouch likely does not have a good seal against the stoma. If the stoma is painful or red, it is best to talk to a doctor if it does not get better in a couple of days.