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What are emollients?

Emollients are non-cosmetic moisturisers to treat and manage the symptoms of dry skin conditions1.

In this article, we discuss what emollients are, the different types of emollient, and how they can help you to manage your dry skin condition symptoms.

What are emollients?

  • Emollients are non-cosmetic moisturisers to treat and manage the symptoms of dry skin conditions1.
  • Keeping up a good routine of applying your emollient regularly will help to relieve your symptoms (such as itchiness), and keep your skin feeling comfortable.

Paula Oliver

Dermatology Nurse Specialist

What are the different types of emollient?

It’s important to find an emollient that works for you, your skincare needs and fits into your lifestyle. There are three different formulation types of emollient to choose from within the EPIMAX® range: creams, a hydro-gel and ointments. Every skin condition is individual to you so finding what works to keep your skin happy is unique to you. You may find that using one product is enough, or you may find that using more than one product at different times of the day is best for your skin.

What are the differences between the creams, hydro-gel and ointments?

Creams
Ideally, apply 3 to 4 times a day2

  • Suitable for eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions
  • Helps to treat mild to moderate dry skin conditions
  • Easily absorbed
  • Feels light to apply on the skin
  • Ideal for daytime use
  • Great if you lead an active lifestyle, carry a tube with you to apply on-the-go

Gels
Ideally, apply 3 to 4 times a day2

  • Suitable for eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions
  • Easily absorbed
  • Gives the comfort of a cream, with the relief of an ointment
  • Cooling effect on the skin
  • Suitable for use on the face and scalp
  • Great for relieving the itchiness

Ointments
Ideally, apply 3 to 4 times a day2

  • Suitable for eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions
  • Can take a while to absorb into the skin
  • Gives intensive relief for severe dry skin
  • Perfect for night-time use
  • Can be used with wet wraps
  • Can be used as a bath additive

How do I know which one is right for me?

Not sure which EPIMAX® formulation will work best for you, your skin symptoms and lifestyle? Explore our range of products in just a few steps, to unlock comfort for your skin, and to discover your EPIMAX®

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