How to use emollients

How to use emollients


Hello my name is Kim and I am a
specialist dermatology nurse at St John’s Institute of Dermatology. In this
short video I will describe how to use emollients. This is a general guide only and
should not replace the advice given to you by your doctor or nurse. An emollient is a moisturiser which helps to rehydrate the skin. By forming a layer
over the skin it prevents water loss and this allows skin to repair itself. There
are many different types of emollients. Ointments have the highest oil
content therefore are most effective for dry skin. Creams have less oil content
making them lighter and easier to leave on the skin. For this reason some people
prefer to use creams during the day and ointments at night. Lotions have the
least oil content and therefore are least effective for dry skin. It is very important that you apply your emollients in the correct way for your treatment to
be effective. Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly. If your treatment comes
in a pot or tub you should never use your fingers to decant the emollients using
your fingers can introduce bacteria which can lead to skin infections. You
should always use a spatula or clean spoon to remove the emollient from the
tub. Following the direction the hairs lie, apply to the affected area in a stroking
motion. The amounts of emollient you need depends on the condition of your skin.
For adults with very dry skin all over their body
we recommend using between 500 grams and 1000 grams per week this is a 500 gram
tub. We hope you found this video useful for more information please follow the
link below to download our education leaflet thank you for listening.

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