TENA breathable technology helps maintain skin health


Our research shows that breathability in incontinence products can increase the quality of life and wellbeing, especially for the elderly. TENA® ConfioAir™ technology promotes skin health and is fully breathable. Here’s how it works.

Skin health and incontinence care are naturally linked. If the air inside an incontinence product becomes too humid it can lead to friction, loss of cells and growth of microorganisms. The breathability of our products overcome this by allowing humidity to evaporate, while still capturing leaks effectively.

Designed with the elderly at heart

Breathability is especially important in elderly care, since our skin becomes thinner, more fragile and takes longer to heal as we age. Elderly people often need to wear incontinence products throughout the day, exposing their skin to greater risks of over-hydration.

That is why we developed ConfioAir™ Breathable Technology; to help skin maintain its natural moisture balance. Our research shows that as many as 88% of our caregivers say that TENA Slip with ConfioAir™ not only feels airier but that it also helps promote skin health.

Designed with the elderly at heart

How our breathability technology works

ConfioAir™ Breathable Technology has a super-absorbent core covered with an inlet material. On the backside of the product, there’s a micro-porous sheet which allows vapour to pass through, while moisture is trapped inside. When there’s a leak, the urine enters through the inlet material and is quickly captured by the super-absorbents, where it will stay, even if a user is sitting down.

When an incontinence product is worn, a microclimate is created between the skin and the product. This microclimate impacts the hydration of the skin. If air cannot flow through the product, the skin can absorb too much fluid and becomes fragile.

How our breathability technology works

1. Skin

2. Microclimate

3. Skin-facing layer

4. Absorption layer

5. Breathable outer layer

Better skin care with TENA products

On top of using breathable incontinence products, skin health is best maintained by prevention and good hygiene routines. We have a range of products that can be used in combination to help protect sensitive skin.

For the best results, make sure to:

  • Clean the skin with the TENA Wash Cream
  • Moisturize with TENA Skin Lotion
  • Protect with TENA Skin Barrier Cream
  • Use ConfioAir™ Breathable Technology with the right fit