Discover the Power of Karaya Gum in ALCARE Ostomy & Stoma Care Products: Fun Facts!

Ostomy Ostomy Bag

 lush, green karaya tree standing against the blue sky

ALCARE's ostomy and stoma care products are formulated with high-quality, natural ingredients like karaya gum. 

What Is Karaya Gum?

Karaya gum is a plant-based substance, a natural gum sourced from the Sterculia urens tree commonly found in India, and is the primary raw material used in our ostomy bags, Procare Paste, Procare Powder, and wafer

This versatile ingredient is widely used across a range of industries, including medicine and dental care, where it serves as a key component in denture adhesives. Additionally, it is a popular emulsifier and stabilizer in the food industry. Whether you're looking for a safe, effective adhesive for your dentures, or seeking a natural food additive, this ingredient has a variety of practical applications. With its diverse uses and reliable performance, it's no wonder that this ingredient is a go-to choice for so many professionals, including ALCARE.

 karaya gum, dried into little brown pellets

Benefits Of Using Karaya Gum For Stoma

1. Safe For The Skin

Maintaining the proper pH balance of the skin is essential for overall skin health. The human skin typically has a pH range of 4.5-6.5, while karaya gum boasts a pH range of 4.5 to 4.7, making it an ideal and safe ingredient for human skin.

This is especially important when it comes to ostomy and stoma care products, as they will be in constant contact with the skin for extended periods. That's why it's crucial to choose products with a pH value that aligns with the natural pH of the skin to prevent any adverse reactions or harm to the skin. By selecting products with a similar pH value to the skin, such as those containing karaya gum, you can ensure safe and effective care for your ostomy or stoma.

2. Buffering Action

When it comes to stoma care, it's important to consider the pH level of excretions to ensure the health and comfort of the skin. Human waste and intestinal fluids have an alkaline pH value, ranging from 7.0-7.5 and 7.4, respectively. This alkalinity can cause irritation and discomfort on the skin if not addressed properly.

That's where karaya gum comes in. With its pH value of 4.5-4.7, it helps to balance the alkaline excretions and prevent any negative reactions on the skin. This makes it an excellent ingredient in stoma care products, ensuring that individuals with stomas can feel comfortable and protected throughout the day. For safe and effective stoma care, it is best to choose products with karaya gum and other skin-friendly ingredients.

3. Absorbing Action

Karaya gum is a versatile ingredient in stoma care products, thanks to its hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties. Its ability to absorb moisture while maintaining its structure prevents skin barrier collapse and ensures excellent adhesion to the skin. This helps to prevent leaks and ensure maximum comfort and protection for individuals with stomas. Choosing stoma care products with karaya gum can make a significant difference in the overall effectiveness and comfort of the product.

4. Antibacterial

Karaya gum boasts both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it an effective solution for preventing infections and keeping the peristomal skin healthy. In fact, karaya gum is so effective that it's even used in lozenges for treating sore throats. By stopping bacteria from reproducing, it helps to prevent infections and keep the skin safe. Incorporating karaya gum into your stoma care routine can help to ensure optimal skin health and prevent complications down the line. Choose stoma care products with karaya gum for maximum protection and effectiveness.

 karaya tree sap dripping from a karaya tree branch, glistening in natural light


By using karaya gum, we ensure that our products offer superior comfort and protection to individuals with ostomies or stomas. If you're in need of reliable, top-tier ostomy and stoma care products, we've got you covered.

Ostomy and stoma care products are available at SM Health Care Sdn Bhd.

Have a specialist for consultation when you purchase any ostomy and stoma care product from us.

alcare ostomy and stoma care products displayed on white table, with sakura flower petals falling on them.

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