How do emolients work?
Emollients provide a protective barrier that helps to trap moisture, improving skin hydration. Regular use of an emollient will relieve the symptoms of dry skin.
For which skin conditions can an emollient be helpful?
Emollients are useful in the management of several conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and dry skin conditions. In addition, emollients are part of venous leg ulcer management. Emollients can also help to reduce the risk of skin tears and to relieve itchy skin in the management of Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Which emollient to choose?
There are many forms available with the most common being cream and ointment:
- Creams contain water; they are easier to apply on the skin and quickly absorbed.
- Ointments contain little or no water; they are greasy, thick and very moisturising. They are good for very dry and thickened skin.