People with dry skin conditions are often recommended to follow Complete Emollient Therapy. This involves applying leave on emollients to the skin, using soap substitutes to wash and adding bath oils to bath water. Complete Emollient Therapy helps to moisturise dry skin and avoid potential irritants.
Emollients are often prescribed to help manage dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis and elderly dry skin.
Emollients contain oils which form a layer on the outer surface of the skin, creating a barrier to help stop the loss of water and keep irritants out. Some emollients may also contain a humectant, such as glycerol which helps the skin trap and hold on to water to further relieve skin dryness.
Coronavirus advice statement
N.B Current NHS and government guidance on hand washing with soap and water (or hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available) should be followed to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Emollients should be applied after hand washing to help protect the skin.
Most ordinary soaps are very drying to the skin and can be irritant, particularly when used on dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis and elderly dry skin. Soap substitutes such as Doublebase Shower, Doublebase Wash and Doublebase Bath contain emollient oils and are able to gently cleanse the skin without foaming or stripping the skin’s natural oils, providing an effective alternative to foaming shower gels, soaps and bubble baths.
The Doublebase range can help you give your skin Complete Emollient Therapy.
Emollients and how to apply them
Applying an emollient is simple and easy - when you know how.
Always read the label and Patient Information Leaflet before use.