Epaderm ointment is a moisturiser that contains a mixture of yellow soft paraffin, liquid paraffin and emulsifying wax. Dry skin results from lack of water in the outer layer of skin cells known as stratum corneum.
When this layer becomes dehydrated it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy. Epaderm attempts to bring back the moisture in the affected areas and stop any unwanted pain or urge to itch.
The skin dries out when too much water evaporates from its surface, regular use of this emollient will relieve the symptoms of dry skin and help provide a protective barrier.
Developed by dermatologists, this treatment can help with the management of general dry skin and also dry skin conditions.
You can buy certain pack sizes and doses over the counter in the UK. You don’t need a prescription to buy this dose, but a pharmacist will need to ensure the treatment is suitable and safe for you.
Eczema is likely to be caused by a combination of things. People with this condition often have very dry skin because their skin is unable to retain much moisture. This dryness may make the skin more likely to react to certain triggers, causing it to become red and itchy.
Psoriasis occurs when skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. It’s not known exactly why this happens, but research suggests it’s caused by a problem with the immune system.
Do not apply this treatment to broken or infected areas of skin, unless the infection is also being treated. It is recommended that you do not apply it to the face unless you have been instructed to do so by your doctor. If you are using this treatment on your face, do not use for more than 5 days.
Eumovate cream and ointment are generally well tolerated and side effects are very rare when it is applied sparingly, no more than twice a day. If you experience any signs of allergic reactions, such as burning, itching or redness of the skin after applying the cream, stop using and contact your doctor.
Before applying Epaderm you should always wash. A good skin care routine would have you wash the targeted areas twice. Once in the morning, and once in the evening (before bed). Apply after you’ve rinsed, before your skin completely dries.
Spread the ointment around. Using the first two fingers of each hand, spread upwards and outwards. Use a swirling motion to blend the moisturiser into your skin.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not use it after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the base of the tube. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not store above 30 degrees.
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