What are emollients?
Emollient skin products are commonly prescribed by GPs, nurses and other clinicians over long periods of time to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and sores. Many of these products can also be purchased over the counter in chemists and supermarkets. They are sold as creams, gels, lotions, ointments and sprays.
Emollients are moisturisers which may contain paraffin, shea or cocoa butter, beeswax, lanolin, nut oil or mineral oils and they work by covering the skin with a protective film or barrier which keeps the moisture in.
They are safe to use but can soak into clothing, dressings and bedding leaving a flammable residue.