Moisturiser Prevents Skin Tears

By Dr Dan Ewald

I am lucky enough to be part of the editorial/ writing group for the Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (HANDI). The fun is that I get to review the evidence behind a host of non-drug interventions relevant to general practice.

One topic that made the cut, soon to be published in HANDI, is as simple as regular moisturiser use to reduce incidence of skin tears in the frail elderly by about 50%.

What to do: Twice daily application of a pH neutral, perfume-free moisturising lotion to arms and legs. Avoid lotion ingredients that cause irritation such as urea, sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrance.

The lotion used in the Australian trial is Abena® Skincare Lotion Unscented, which is commercially available for around $13 for 500 ml. However, other similar lotions may be used. The lotion should be pH neutral, contain a non-irritating humectant (eg. glycerine), contain an occlusive agent (eg. paraffin or plant oil).

Similar available lotions include Cetaphil® Moisturising Lotion, Cetaphil® Daily Advance Lotion, Alpha Keri® Skin Moisture Boost Lotion and QV® Skin Lotion.

This is cost-effective, simple therapy that could be considered for any patients at risk of skin tears.


Carville K, Leslie G, Osserian-Moisson R, Newall N, Lewin G. The effectiveness of a twice-daily skin-moisturising regimen for reducing the incidence of skin tears. Int Wound J 2014;11(4):446–53.

LeBlanc K, Kozell K, Martins L, et al. Is twice daily skin moisturizing more effective than routine care in the prevention of skin tears in the elderly population? J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs 2016;43(1):17–22.

Hunter S, Anderson J, Hanson D, et al. Clinical trial of a prevention and treatment protocol for skin breakdown in two nursing homes. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs 2003;30(5):250-258

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic


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