Emollients

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Chapter: Essential pharmacology : Drugs Acting On Skin And Mucous Membranes

Emollients are bland oily substances which sooth and soften skin. They form an occlusive film over the skin, preventing evaporation, thus restoring elasticity of cracked and dry skin.


EMOLLIENTS

 

Emollients are bland oily substances which sooth and soften skin. They form an occlusive film over the skin, preventing evaporation, thus restoring elasticity of cracked and dry skin. Olive oil, arachis oil, sesame oil, cocoa butter, hard and soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, wool fat, bees wax and spermaceti are the commonly employed emollients. They are also used as vehicles for topically applied medicaments and as ointment bases.

 

Wool fat may cause allergy in some patients.

 

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