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Emollients are skin treatments that are applied topically (directly to the skin).

In essence, an emollient is a moisturiser and could be labelled as such. This can sometimes make them a little difficult to differentiate. However, most products and brands identifying themselves as emollients share two similar ingredients: liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin. Another point to note is that products labelled as emollients are usually indicated for troublesome skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis rather than cosmetic needs.

Emollients are designed to form a protective layer over the epidermis to soften the skin and prevent moisture loss. They commonly come in the form of emollient creams, ointments, bath additives and soap substitutes. Barrier creams are another type of emollient.

The majority of the products below contain various formulations of soft white paraffin and/or light liquid paraffin.

Popular Emollients

Epaderm Cream 500g
Epaderm Cream 500g
Cetraben Emollient Bath Additive 500ml
Cetraben Emollient Bath Additive 500ml
Doublebase Emollient Wash Gel 200g
Doublebase Emollient Wash Gel 200g
Diprobase Ointment Emollient 500g
Diprobase Ointment Emollient 500g
Oilatum Junior Bath Emollient 600ml
Oilatum Junior Bath Emollient 600ml
Bells Coconut Oil 90g
Bells Coconut Oil 90g

Emollients Products

Emollient Creams

Emollient Creams  
An emollient cream often tends to be light and easily-absorbed. This makes them suitable for daytime use.   More >>>
 

Emollient Ointments

Emollient Ointments  
An emollient ointment tends to be thicker and greasier than a cream. This makes them more suitable for night-time use.   More >>>

Bath and Shower Emollients

Bath and Shower Emollients  
Bath and shower emollients are liquid and water-dispersible, and it's usually possible to rub them directly into the skin where they can be easily absorbed.   More >>>
 

Barrier Creams

Barrier Creams  
Barrier creams form a protective layer over the skin to seal in moisture and shield the skin from external irritants.   More >>>

Aqueous Cream

Aqueous Cream  
Aqueous cream is a light, non-greasy, generic emollient that combines purified water with an emulsifying ointment.   More >>>
 

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum Jelly  
Petroleum jelly is a tried and trusted topical application that is an effective moisturiser and skin protector.   More >>>

Emollient Brands

Balneum Plus
Balneum Plus
Cetraben
Cetraben
Dermacool
Dermacool
Dermol
Dermol
DiproBase
DiproBase
Doublebase
Doublebase
E45
E45
Emulsiderm
Emulsiderm
Epaderm
Epaderm
Hydromol
Hydromol
Oilatum
Oilatum
Sudocrem
Sudocrem
Unguentum M
Unguentum M
Vaseline
Vaseline

Related Products and Conditions

Eczema and Dermatitis
Eczema and Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis
Skin Care
Skin Care
Skin Conditions
Skin Conditions

Emollient FAQs

What is an emollient?

Emollients are moisturisers. They help soften dry, flaky skin and form a protective film to prevent further moisture loss. Products labelling themselves as emollients usually contain liquid paraffin and soft white paraffin. Emollients are generally suited to severely dry skin and problematic skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Emollients commonly come in the following product types:
  • creams
  • ointments
  • bath additives
  • soap substitutes.

What are emollients for?

Emollients prevent the skin from becoming dry, while helping to keep it supple and moist. They also help reduce itching, ease scaling and soften cracks.

Perhaps most importantly, emollients help to prevent flare-ups of eczema from occurring. This is particularly helpful if you experience flare-ups on a regular basis. Because of this, emollients play an important role in the day-to-day treatment and prevention of eczema and other skin conditions.
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