Frequently Asked Questions

How does iLEX paste work?

iLEX forms a protective barrier over sore, broken skin which then protects it from body fluids and bacteria, providing an ideal environment for wound healing. It is both occlusive and moist.

Can iLEX be used to prevent sore skin?

Yes, iLEX paste is often applied around drainage tubes and fistulae to prevent skin irritation when gastric contents, urine or faeces leaks onto the skin.

How can iLEX paste help my skin?

iLEX paste acts as an excellent barrier protecting the skin from output when the skin becomes very excoriated (red and painful). It will therefore prevent the skin from becoming worse and will help skin to heal.

Can I use iLEX on a new born baby?

Yes, iLEX is safe to use on a full term new born baby.

Can I use iLEX on a pre-term or neo natal baby?

Please seek a healthcare professional advice, every child is special.

Can I use iLEX around my child's feeding tube?

Yes, iLEX can be used around a feeding tube, apply a thin layer and a thin layer of petroleum jelly.

Can you use iLEX on minor burns?

Yes, iLEX can be used on minor burns. Apply a thin layer over the affected area, then a thin layer of petroleum jelly if a dressing is to be applied over the top.

Can iLEX be used  for extensive skin damage caused by incontinence?

Yes, iLEX is very effective at healing skin which has been irritated by urine or faeces.  Apply Vaseline after applying iLEX paste to prevent a pad or nappy sticking to it. 

What conditions does iLEX treat?

  • Mild to severe Nappy rash
  • Dermal and superficial wounds
  • Mild to severe skin irritations such as eczema and severe acne
  • Minor burns
  • Skin irritation & breakdown caused by urinary & faecal incontinence
  • Fistulas
  • Ostomy site excoriation
  • G-tube irritations
  • Pressure Sores
  • Ileo anal pouch & hirshprung's for protection in perinatal region

How is iLEX applied?

iLEX is spread over clean, dry skin in a thin layer. You do not have to remove the iLEX when changing a patient, any soiling can be removed from the surface and a further layer of iLEX applied over the original if there are any patches seen. A thin layer of petroleum jelly (eg:Vaseline) or yellow paraffin can be applied over the iLEX to prevent it sticking to a pad, nappy or underwear.

How do I apply iLEX if my baby has nappy rash?

Apply a thin layer to the affected area, then cover the affected area with petroleum jelly.

Can I still use iLEX paste if I need to apply a topical cream?

Yes. iLEX paste will ensure the topical cream stays in place and provides moisture and occlusion which will aid the healing process.

Can I use iLEX over antibiotic or steroid cream?

Yes iLEX can be used safely over either antibiotic or steroid cream without compromising their efficacy.

Does iLEX paste sting when it is applied?

iLEX  paste is alcohol free and does not sting sore skin. It is therefore suitable for use with adults and children.

Do I remove all the iLEX at every nappy change?

No, clean away with soap and water any faeces or urine. Any iLEX left behind, leave it in place. Top up the areas where the iLEX has come away.

How will I tell if the affected area is healed?

Once applied the iLEX takes on a clear appearance if applied thinly enough. This should allow viewing of the affected area to judge if it is healed effectively.

What happens if my skin does not heal or I have a reaction to the iLEX paste?

If you think you may be allergic to any of the ingredients in iLEX paste or your skin deteriorates consult your GP or other health care professional.

I have heard that water alone does not remove the iLEX paste. What is the best method?

Mineral or baby oil applied gently will remove the iLEX paste. Soap and warm water can also be used but it is important to be gently to prevent damage in the affected area. Do not forcibly try to remove iLEX that had adhered to the skin.

What does iLEX contain?

iLEX is composed of the following ingredients:

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

Do you remove iLEX after each application?

No, while the patient is needing iLEX only wash using soap and water, to remove any faeces or urine but don’t try to rub the iLEX off, when you do and the area is healed, use baby oil. 

How do I remove all of the iLEX?

Once the affected area is healed, the iLEX can be removed using mineral or baby oil. Use a soft cloth to gently remove all the iLEX, however, do not forcibly try to remove iLEX that has adhered to the skin. 

Where do I store iLEX?

 At room temperature, out of direct sunlight.

How can I get more iLEX paste?

iLEX can be purchased on line OR requested on prescription in the UK. Code IP51.

Can I take iLEX on holiday?

Yes. You can purchase one of our travel packs here 

How do I apply iLEX in conjunction with a stoma bag?

Please refer to our Instructions for Use for Ostomy Care