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How emollients work & how much to use

Do you know that using eczema emollients?  Regular use is a vital part of an overall routine. But do you know how they work, and more importantly how much emollient to use? Molnlycke Healthcare, manufacturers of the Epaderm range have put together this simple guide to help you manage your eczema effectively.

Emollients have an occlusive effect, meaning that they form a film over your skin that traps water and prevents excessive evaporation. This additional moisture increases the elasticity and pliability of the skin which restores the epidermal barrier and as a result may reduce the amount of steroid use over a lifetime.

So, how much emollient should you use?

Emollients should be applied at least twice a day. The minimum weekly requirement for covering the whole body is 500g – 800g for adults and children over ten, and 250g – 500g for children under ten.

For decades, Epaderm has been easing eczema and dry skin problems and is recommended by health care professionals. Available as an ointment or a cream, Epaderm is suitable for use by people of all ages, including babies.

Eczema emollients

is a very effective moisturiser that soothes, smoothes and hydrates the skin. Emollients, like Epaderm® Ointment and Epaderm® Cream, keep the skin moist and flexible so it doesn’t itch as much.

How emollients work and how much to use

Occlusive effect

  • Forms a film over the skin, trapping water and preventing excessive evaporation

Physical effect

  • Additional moisture/water increases the elasticity and pliability of the skin

Pharmacological effect

  • Restores the epidermal barrier and may reduce the amount of steroid use over a lifetime

How much emollient to use

Emollients should be applied at least twice a day. The minimum weekly requirement for covering the whole body is 500g – 800g for adults and children over ten, and 250g – 500g for children under ten.(2)

For decades, Epaderm has been easing eczema and dry skin problems and is recommended by health care professionals. Available as an ointment or a cream, Epaderm is suitable for use by people of all ages, including babies.

http://www.epaderm.com

References:

1. Schofield JK, Fleming D, Gindlay D, Williams H (2011) Skin conditions are the commonest new reason people present to general practitioners in England and Wales. Br J Dermatol 185: 1044-1050

2. McHenry PM, Williams HC, Bingham EA. Management of atopic eczema. BMJ 1995

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