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When the pH value goes up, the skin‘s protective acid mantle breaks down.

Healthy Acid Mantle


  • Healthy skin has a slightly acidic value of pH 4.5 to 5.5.
  • The acid mantle is an acidic film on the surface of the skin that acts as a barrier to bacteria, fungi and other contaminants.

Weakened Acid Mantle


  • Skin pH naturally increases with age (up to pH 6.0).1
  • Urine, fecal matter and perspiration may increase skin pH up to pH 8.0.
  • Elevated pH is associated with a breakdown of the acid mantle, allowing bacteria to penetrate skin cells and cause IAD.
  • Maceration and friction result in excoriation, infection and other complications.

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis


  • IAD is an inflammation of the skin due to chronic incontinence and may be accompanied by redness, blistering, erosion and secondary infection.
  • IAD accompanied by un­relieved pressure results in a 5-fold increase in pressure ulcer risks.

There is a link between IAD and pH. Learn More

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