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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.

image Emollients

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.
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Popular Emollients

Emollients Products

  • 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.

  • Barrier Creams

    Barrier Creams

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

  • Aqueous Cream

    Aqueous Cream

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

  • Petroleum Jelly

    Petroleum Jelly

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

Emollient Brands


Related Products and 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.