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Ilex Skin Protectant Paste

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Ilex Skin Protectant Paste is a topical skin barrier that is designed to protect the skin from maceration while helping to soothe and heal damaged skin. Ilex is formulated to be gentle and soothing to the skin and creates an environment that helps prevent infection and maximizes healing. It works by adhering to the moist weeping wounds to form an occlusive barrier against the urinary and fecal material, digestive enzymes and wound exudates. Ilex is alcohol-free and safe to use on all skin types, from babies to the elderly.

Ilex Skin Protectant Paste is ideal for:

  • Paediatric (following pull through surgery) 
  • G-tube site irritation and excoriation 
  • Wide variety of dermal wounds, superficial wounds and mild to severe skin irritations 
  • Minor burns 
  • FistulasOstomy site irritations and excoriation 
  • Severe diaper dermatitis

Ilex Skin Protectant Paste Features

  • Soft, flexible and easy to apply
  • Inert and non-toxic: contains no alcohol or latex
  • Bio-compatible with ostomy appliances and the medical/surgery devices
  • Causes no friction: non sensitizing
  • Washes off easily with soap and water
  • Ilex has a proven 0.00cm/hour penetration rate, which means that it forms an occlusive, or complete seal, over sore skin and repels harmful fluids and bacteria
  • Can be used on both intact and injured skin
  • Can be used in conjunction with prescribed topical steroids and antibiotics to help fight infection

When to use Ilex Health Skin Protectant Paste

  • Skin irritation and breakdown, caused by urinary and faecal incontinence. Ilex provides an effective barrier against the devastating effects of urine and faeces.
  • Ilex is especially effective for the paediatric patients where systemic absorption of toxic substances, such as alcohol, are contraindicated
  • For Ileoanal pouch and Hirshprungs patients, for protection in the perianal region
  • G-tube placements  Ilex has proven to be a valuable asset in treating and preventing irritations resulting from G-tube placements
  • Ilex protects the skin against gastric acids, and enzymes commonly associated with these procedures
  • Faecal fistula
  • Surgical and traumatic wounds with drainage causing dermal irritation and skin breakdown
  • Protection of the peristomal skin directly around a faecal or urinary stoma at the area of clearance between the stoma wafer and the appliance

Ilex Skin Protectant Paste Ingredients

Ilex Cream Ingredients are as follows:

  • Calcium/Sodium PVM/MA Copolymers
  • Corn Starch
  • White Petrolatum
  • Phenoxyethanol and Isopropyl Isobutyl Butylparabens
  • Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose
  • Zinc Oxide

What to buy with Skin Protectant Paste

How To Use Ilex Skin Protectant Paste?

Ilex Protectant Paste General Instructions For Use

  • Gently clean the wound as normal.
  • Water and cotton wool balls or soft cloth can be used.
  • Do not use baby wipes. A mild soap or cleansing foam can be used.
  • Apply any other treatment if required (such as antifungal or antibacterial powder/cream).
  • Apply a thin coating of Ilex over the entire wound needing protection. You should still be able to see through the layer of Ilex to the skin below.
  • Allow to dry for about 30 seconds. In areas where the Ilex may stick to clothing or other material apply a good coating of petroleum jelly over the Ilex and surrounding skin.
  • Note: A coating of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) should be applied over Ilex when used in the perianal area to prevent the bottom and/or diaper from sticking.
  • Do not forcibly try to remove Ilex that has adhered to the skin.
  • When cleansing, only the stool should be wiped off using cotton wool or soft cloth and water leaving the Ilex intact. You may reapply additional Ilex if required, then reapply petroleum jelly.
  • This procedure will minimize any trauma to the already broken skin. Ilex should only be removed once a day – to remove use a soft cloth with a good amount of mineral oil/ baby oil.
  • Note: Removing Ilex more often or without the use of mineral oil/baby oil may inhibit the healing process and lead to further skin breakdown.

How to use Ilex Protective Cream for - G-tubes, Faecal fistula, Wound Exudate?

  • Clean the surrounding area as directed by the Health Care Professional or protocol.
  • Apply prescribed medication to the wound if required.
  • Apply a layer of ilex over the area, followed by a coating of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline).
  • Apply secondary dressing.
  • To remove ilex paste (maximum once a day) use a soft cloth and mineral oil/baby oil or water and a mild soap.

How to use Ilex Protective Cream for Ostomy Care?

  • Clean the peristomal skin as directed by the Stoma Care nurse or protocol.
  • Apply a light layer of ilex around the perimeter of the stoma and irritated area.
  • Cut the appliance aperture/ template to the outside edge of the ilex.
  • Ilex will provide an occlusive barrier so will protect the area of clearance between the stoma and the appliance wafer, thus preventing the digestive enzymes to come in contact with the skin.
  • If ilex needs to be used beyond the perimeter of the stoma an adhesive spray should be applied over the ilex to assist with the adherence of the appliance.
  • Reapply a layer of ilex at each appliance change. Do not forcibly attempt to remove any remaining residue of ilex on the excoriated area.
  • This residue should be left in place so as not to damage the skin. When wanting to completely remove ilex use a soft cloth and mineral oil/ baby oil.


  • If any signs of irritation or redness appear or persist please consult your healthcare professional


  • Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients


  • Ilex by its nature adheres well to moist tissue and forms an effective barrier
  • To protect delicate skin we recommend a layer of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) over the top of the ilex to prevent the outer surface sticking to clothing or other material
  • To avoid skin damage when removing ilex, Mineral or baby oil can be used

Ilex Skin Protectant User Manual

Ilex Skin Barrier Cream Reviews


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