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Dosage Form: Ointment / Type: Medicated Dry Skin Cream

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      17.04.2013 15:07
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      Couldnt do without

      Myself and my not quite 2 year old daughter use this product. I had dry, itchy skin develop on my arms at the age of 26 years old and was told by my doctor that I had Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that is caused by the overproduction of new skin cells which results in the skin developing scaly dry patches which can cause itching. Its thought that this skin disorder isnt cureable but can be elevated by using topical products.

      My daughters skin when she was younger became very itchy and dry in specific areas such as elbows, knees, under the chin and I later found out she was suffering from Eczema. Eczema tends to look like very dry, sore and cracked skin. Alot of children tend to suffer from this and can grow out of it ( fingers crossed my daughter will be one of them ), and its very difficult to treat as each case and person is different. So what will help one person my not help another. But with many skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis its very important to keep the skin hydrated and supple and this product is designed for that.


      What is Emulsifying Ointment?

      Emulsifying Ointment is a moisturiser that helps to protect and moisturise the skin by providing a layer oil on the surface of the skin to help it stop dehydrating. Regular use can help skin be supple, smooth and hydrated.

      It can also be used instead of soap when washing to prevent drying the skin.


      What are the ingredients?

      Emulsifying wax 30%, white soft parafin 50%, Liquid parafin 20%. Due to the nature of these ingredients, its important to take care around naked flames due to product being flamable.


      How is it packaged?

      Its very basic.In comes in a standard tub 500g, with a lid that screws on and off.The label has all the relevant information on it such as expiry date, ingredients. The tub itself is very robust .



      How to use?

      Really depends. Mine was from the doctor so the instructions were to use at night. This is the case for both myself and daughter. I think this is because its such a thick and greasy product, its not something everyone would or could use throughout the day.Not the most practical. But I put this on myself morning and night because it keeps my skin hydrated and less itchy throughout the day, and I simply wont have time to apply any other form of lotion on myself throughout the day.So this really lasts well on me.

      So I would assume that this ointment would be used when often in any other case where instructions havent been given by a doctor.


      What do I think of product?

      Firstly, it has no smell which is great.It wont class with any fragance or fragrance products I may be wearing. It very thick, similar feel to vaseline and when its very cold is quite solid. Best thing to do is warm some up in your hands, this makes it alittle more lighter in texture an easier to apply.Its white in colour and very greasy. Alittle goes along way so you dont need much.You will need to give you hands a good wash though as you may feel hands have got alot of product on it, making it slippery and greasy.

      Personally, this works well for myself and my daughter. It literally provides long lasting moisture to the skin, and even when I feel my skin is getting on the dry side, I can slap more on if needed. Its perfect to use after bath/shower, as your skin is still warm and it soaks in easier.It is greasy, but I dont mind that texture and by now used to it.

      Since I get it from the doctor, I had no idea how much this was to buy on its own, and didnt realise how cheap it was, its around £2.00 for this whopping big 500g tub of goodness. Its a simple and basic product that for myself and daughter works well with skin conditions by making the issues more managable, but not taking it away ( I wish! ).

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        06.10.2011 08:37
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        Really worked for me and I now have soft skin again.

        I have suffered from eczema virtually all my life though it was at it's worst through my teenage years.

        Eczema is a skin condition that causes dry sore patches of skin, which itch like mad and sometimes causes the skin to blister and when these blisters break, the fluid leaks out, causing characteristic weeping and oozing. When the fluid dries, it produces a thin crust. It is very difficult to live with at times and you need to really look after your skin in order to treat it effectively.

        One of the things people with eczema must avoid is soap, as even the mildest types of soap, such as Simple, will dry the skin out and degrease it, which will make the eczema much worse.

        I was about 21 when my doctor sent me to a London hospital to seek further advice about my eczema. The doctor I saw told me to use something called emulsifying ointment instead of soap, and I have used it ever since, to great effect!

        Emulsifying ointment is made from a mixture of paraffin oils. It is a greasy moisturiser that provides a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface. It is very effective as a soap substitute and prevents the skin from losing oils when you wash.

        Emulsifying ointment isn't all that attractive to look at. It looks a bit like a tub of lard and has no perfume. It is sold in 500g plastic tubs and I find it lasts quite a long time. I use it every day in the shower and whenever I wash my hands. It is available without prescription from most chemists.

        All you do to use it is scoop out a small amount and rub it on your skin under the warm water (if you are showering) and it dissolves into a smooth sort of balm. A little goes a long way! You can feel your skin becoming soft and moisturised as you wash. Rinse it all off and dry gently with a soft towel. If you are in the shower or bath, be careful not to slip, as it does leave the surface of these quite slippery.

        Be careful not to get any in your hair too, as it is very greasy.

        Since using emulsifying ointment the eczema on my body has all but gone. I was covered when I first started using it, but I just have a few small patches now. I make sure I never use any perfumed soaps or bubble baths and I always wash my clothes in unperfumed washing products.

        I think it's so important to look after your skin. I don't know whether to attribute to emulsifying ointment the fact that at 51 I have no wrinkles on my face and lovely smooth skin, but I'm sure there must be a link there somewhere! All I know is that it helped me, so if you have eczema, then give this stuff a try.

        The price of 500g tubs varies. I bought one from Asda pharmacy the other month and they charged me over £5! My local small chemist sells it for £2.99, so do shop around. I think it is readily available at online chemists as well.

        Emulsifying ointment worked for me, so I really hope it works for you too!

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        06.09.2010 13:48
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        A great solution to a variety of skin complaints

        About five years ago I spent a year travelling in Australia, and while there I sustained what I believe to have been an insect bit on the bottom of my leg near my ankle. As a result, I'm afraid to say I scratched at it so much it developed into a painful rash, which far outstayed its welcome. Over the next few months I treated it with a variety of creams, including rich moisturisers. When I slathered the affected areas with the products they absorbed in seconds, yet I found they achieved little, as I needed to apply more just an hour or so later. It got to a point where the rash was constantly irritating me and was very sore. When I eventually went to the doctor's I was prescribed a steroid cream, which I was told to apply modestly and follow it up with a thick layer of emulsifying ointment.

        The ointment had to be ordered at the pharmacy, and when it arrived it came in a large tub containing 500g of the product. The tub is unfussy and mostly unadorned, fashioned from white plastic. The ointment itself is semi-transparent and very viscous. To get some ointment out you need to dig your fingers into the tub in order to scoop it out. The ointment smells somewhat like unfragranced Vaseline, and while not particularly pleasant, is not too unpleasant, either. I used a thin layer of the ointment on my foot in the morning, and a thick one at night. Whenever I applied it however, I had to cover it with a loose, old sock as the ointment spoils fabric and anything too tight adheres to it, which does not feel very pleasant. The emulsifying ointment is water resistant, so removing it from my hands after application was often troublesome. I used soap and water on my hands, but this did not remove much of the ointment on my hands, so I often wiped the remainder off with an old towel.

        Even on first application, the ointment worked wonders. After several minutes I did not feel the need to scratch my rash (although this relief owed in part to the steroid cream also), and what further put me off scratching was that I did not want to get the thick ointment under my fingernails. I used the two in this way for several weeks, and was absolutely astounded at how rapidly they relieved the itchy sensation, but even more than that, how they vastly improved the appearance of my skin. Prior to beginning treatment my skin was an angry red colour and very inflamed. After a week or two using the medicines however, my skin was still a pink/red, but not anywhere close to as deep a shade as I had become accustomed to. I also have a bit of eczema on the back of my neck, which very often flares up during times of stress. Even when the skin there becomes thick and sore however, just one thin layer will relieve the itchy sensation for up to a week.

        I cannot recommend the emulsifying ointment highly enough. A 500g tub cost me just over £4, but 4 - 5 years later I still use it occasionally, but am still on the first tub. I am also very happy to report that the rash has cleared up entirely, and the skin in that area looks entirely unblemished. I would never gave imagined at the time that my skin could be restored to its natural appearance, but am so glad that it is now perfect again. I could not be without this product now, and though I do not need to use it on my rash now, when I use it on my eczema it provides instant relief.

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          05.03.2010 17:49
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          A really brilliant product

          I've had extremely dry skin for a very long time, and although I managed to clear up my eczema when I was younger, this problem has never gone away. After using emulsifying ointment for a few weeks now, its made a huge difference to my skin and I think its brill!

          Emulsifying ointment is a very thick, waxy, white ointment which comes in a huge 500g tub from any chemist. Its ridiculously cheap at only £2-3 for this big tub and depending on how you use it, it will last a pretty long time. The packaging isn't beautiful, as it basically comes in a big white tub with a screw off lid, but you can always hide it in a cupboard if need be.

          I use the onitment for quite a few things, but those with eczema are generally told to use it as a cream to provide an extra protective layer for the skin. I do use it this way if my skin is particularly dry buy i've found that by using it in the shower and as a face wash, I've not needed to use it as a cream because my skin just isn't very dry anymore! Using it in the shower as a soap substitue is very easy, I just grab a big handful and it becomes suprisingly soft and makes quite a lather on the skin. You can feel it making your skin softer instantly.

          The only downside I have found with this product is that its very difficult to stop hair from becoming greasy when you use the ointment as much as I do, but there are definitley ways around this. In general this product has near enough performed miracles on my skin and I would recommend it for anyone with even slightly dry skin - this should help greatly!

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          26.02.2010 20:42
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          Five stars

          I have unfortunately suffered with Eczema since childhood, it wasnt until 10 years ago that I realised that the best regime to keep it from flaring up or at least manageable was to use a dry skin moisturiser (along with my prescribed steroid creams of course). The first one I tried was E45 which didnt work for me at all and made my skin 10 times worse, I didnt find out till later that it contained Lanolin (which is derived from wool) which I was allergic too.

          After much frustration with various other preparations I eventually came across this product by reading about it in an article on Eczema.

          Emulsifying ointment is a mixture of Emulsifying wax, white soft paraffin and liquid paraffin, it doesnt contain any perfume. It can be purchased from any Pharmacy either in a large 500g tub, or they will sometimes measure some out for you into a smaller container, you can of course also get it on prescription but if you pay for your prescriptions then this is a false economy as you can pick up a large tub for about £2-£3.

          Emulsifying Ointment is one of the main ingredients of Aqueous Cream, unlike Aqueous Cream it is much thicker and my first impression was that it looked like Lard! Despite its appearance the ointment is very easily absorbed into the skin and you do not need a huge amount of it, so a little goes a long way, it can also be used as a soap substitute in the bath or shower. I have also found this product helpful as a barrier before going swimming, the only problem is that you do feel greased up like your going to swim the channel!

          Emulsifying Ointment is a generic preparation so it is widely availlable. It is very simple with no harmful additives. This ointment is great for anyone with dry skin to use as a moisturiser, or if you have a dry skin condition such as Eczema then I would definately recommend it as part of the fight to help keep it under control.

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            11.01.2008 10:45
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            Bargain!

            Shhhhh, I'll tell you a secret!

            There's an ointment that's so deeply moisturing that it can help to keep your skin soft and line-free for longer. It works by protecting the stratum corneum- that's the outer layer of the skin - from damage. It's this layer that contains the chemicals that keep water in your skin, making it look plump, smooth and hydrated. It's this layer that goes all horrible and scaly if your skin becomes too dry, and which gets damaged by soap, weather and rough treatment as you get older. Best of all, it's just about the cheapest thing in your local chemist, costing just £2 for 500g.

            What is this magic product? Emulsifying ointment. It's a waxy, set cream, made from paraffin oils that is often prescribed by doctors for dry skin conditions like eczema. It's also great at preventing lines and wrinkles in ageing skin. Packaging wise, it's ugly as sin, coming in a big ole plastic tub with a screwcap lid, but boy does it work to reduce fine lines!

            You simply wet your face, scoop up a little of it, and use it like a thick soap, removing it with a clean face cloth. It leaves my skin feeling soft, clean, plump and hydrated, and after a few weeks of use I also noticed that it balanced out the different 'zones' of my face, so I no longer suffered from a shiny T-zone and dry cheeks.

            It is very greasy indeed, so I wouldn't recommend it for people with oily skin, but for those of us with normal to dry faces, I swear it's the secret to eternal youth. I recommend using it in conjunction with an exfoliator, using the cream six days a week and the exfoliator once to remove dead skin cells and keep your skin glowing healthily. Personally I also make sure I rinse the cream off with Liz Earle muslin cloths, to whisk away any dead cells that might be hanging around.

            I've tried a ton of expensive face wash wash products, but none have done such a good job of moisturing my skin as this cheap old pot!

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              31.01.2007 23:48
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              Beneficial for anyone that has dry skin

              My son had very dry skin and as a result after a trip to the doctors she confirmed our concerns, he had excema.

              The doctor said as it was mild excema, with care and daily applications of emulsifying ointment the condition would improve dramatically. It would stop the dryness and the urge to itch and scratch the skin.

              *Packaging*
              The doctor had written a prescription for a huge 500g tub of the stuff. It had an easy open lid. This is because in some cases people have excema on their hands and as a result find it very difficult and painful to actually open up the bottles and tubs. It makes the patients life much easier.

              *Appearance of ointment*
              The ointment is very thick as it is oil based. It has paraffin in it also to help keep skin from drying out. The ointment is colourless and fragrance free.

              *Application*
              It is advised to only take small amounts of the ointment when applying onto the skin as it is quite greasy. I found that once it comes into contact with body temperature it almost becomes even more greasy. You also have to make sure that you rub the ointment into the skin and is fully absorbed otherwise the ointment leaves greasy, oily marks on your clothes.

              *Outcome*
              After the first application I noticed my sons skin was much more moisturised then it previously had been and he was no longer scratching his skin or even had the urge to itch. Once you start to use the ointment though you will have to carry on otherwise you just go backwards in the treatment. We found that it worked best after bathing, when your skin is at its driest.

              *Reccommended*
              Yes, it really does improve the condition of the skin. Applied twice daily can help keep the skin conditioned and moistuired. It is even good for those that do not have excema, so can be beneficial to all.

              We got our emulsifying ointment from the GP as she introduced us to it but you can also get 500g tubs from your local chemist and all Superdrug and Boots stores.

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