Diprobase Ointment- 50g

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What is Diprobase Ointment?

Diprobase is used to treat eczema and other dry skin conditions. It helps to soothe and provide relief from red, inflamed, damaged, dry or chapped skin. The ointment formulation provides long-lasting hydration and is free from preservatives, common sensitisers and irritants, such as parabens, fragrance, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). This product can also be used to protect raw skin and it can be applied before bathing.



Conditions that cause dry skin

Dry skin is a very common dermatological condition which doesn’t usually have any serious consequences, but can often be associated with more chronic conditions such as, eczema, psoriasis and pruritus.



A long term skin condition that makes the skin itchy, red, dry and cracked. It can affect any part of the body, but commonly affects:

  • On the backs or fronts of the knees

  • Outside or inside the elbows

  • Around the neck, hands, cheeks or scalp


This condition causes flaky red patches of skin that are covered in silver scales. These patches usually appear on the elbows, knees and the lower back and can be itch or sore. Those who have psoriasis usually have periods with little to no symptoms, followed by periods when symptoms are more severe.




Also known as itchy skin, pruritus is common in older adults as skin tends to become drier with age and can be caused or worsened by dry skin. Common symptoms of this skin condition include:

  • Redness
  • Bumps, spots or blisters
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Leathery or scaly skin


What can you do to help prevent and treat dry skin?

There are various steps you can take to prevent and treat dry skin including:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Increase humidity by purchasing a humidifier or placing a damp towel on a warm radiator
  • Reduce the length of your bath or shower and avoid the use of harsh soaps, bubble baths and bath products
  • Quit smoking
  • Use a soap substitute
  • Use an emollient

Speak to your GP or a Chemist 4U pharmacist if you are unsure about how to treat your dry skin symptoms.



What is an emollient?

Emollients are used to soothe, hydrate and moisturise your skin and are very often used to help manage dry, itchy or scaly skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis. The help by reducing dryness, itching scaling and soften cracks in the skin. They are applied topically (directly to the skin) and can be used frequently to help reduce water loss from your skin. Emollients are available as:

  • Lotions – Good for hairy or damaged areas of skin (such as weeping eczema) as they’re thin and spread easily, but they’re not as moisturising as some other emollient products
  • Sprays – Good for hard-to-reach areas and sore/infected skin that shouldn’t be touched and are absorbed quickly
  • Creams – Not greasy, so absorbed quickly and suitable for daytime use
  • Ointments – good for thickened, very dry skin and night-time use as they’re greasy, thick and very moisturising; they’re often free of preservatives so are suitable for sensitive skin, but shouldn’t be used on weeping eczema
  • Soap substitutes – gentle, moisturising soap alternatives that don’t dry out the skin


How does Diprobase Ointment help with dry skin conditions?

Diprobase Ointment works as an emollient to moisturised dry skin and forms a protective layer to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier against germs and bacteria and also to retain water in the skin to prevent water loss. It is suitable for treating eczema and other dry skin conditions and soothes red, inflamed, damaged, dry or chapped skin.



How to use Diprobase Ointment Emollient

Apply a thin layer of ointment to the entire affected area. Massage gently and thoroughly into the skin and ensure that the ointment is completely absorbed.  



When should this product NOT be used

Do NOT use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see ingredients tab). This product is for external use only, avoid contact with eyes or other sensitive areas.



Side effects

Like all medicines, Diprobase Ointment can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them, including:

· Skin reactions e.g. itching, rash, redness, peeling, burning, pain, dryness, skin inflammation

If you experience any of these symptoms or any other side effects whilst using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or a Chemist 4U pharmacist.



Important Information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer tohttps://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

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