Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Emollients

Uses: - soften dry cracked skin. - to moisturise the skin.

Example - Emulsifying ointment (Epaderm/Hydromol), Aqueous cream.

General Advice:-
1. Emollients can be applied as many times as required, spreading the emollients over the body by stroking the ointment gently in the direction of the hair growth.
2. Can be used on all skin surfaces including the face.
3. Emollients can also be used when the skin is dry and no longer inflamed.

Emulsifying Ointment can be used in the following ways:
1. Use as a Moisturiser
Smooth onto the skin immediately after bathing and apply as often as needed to prevent skin becoming dry.
2. Use as a Cleanser
Apply liberally to the skin and wipe off gently with single layer of paper tissue, taking care not to damage fragile skin.
3. Use as a Soap substitute
Mix emollient with water in palm to form a lather, smooth onto the skin in the same way as soap. Gently rinse lather off skin leaving a thin layer of the ointment on the skin. Pat dry.
4. In the bath
Emulsifying ointment can be dissolved in the bath water. Take care when getting out of the bath, as it will be slippy.


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