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They work by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface.

Dry skin results from lack of water in the outer layer of skin cells known as the stratum corneum. When this layer becomes dehydrated it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy. The stratum corneum contains natural water holding substances that retain water seeping up from the deeper layers of the skin. Water is also normally retained in the stratum corneum by a surface film of natural oil (sebum) and broken down skin cells, which slow down evaporation of water from the skin surface.

The skin dries out when too much water evaporates from its surface. This increases as we get older and is made worse by washing, because hot water and soap remove the layer of natural oil on the skin surface.

In conditions such as eczema, using a moisturiser regularly, even once the skin has improved, can help prevent flare ups of this condition. Paraffin is highly flammable and dressings, bandages, clothing, bed linen, towels or other fabrics that have been in contact with this moisturiser can be easily ignited by a naked flame or cigarette, particularly if large amounts of the product have been used, or the fabric or dressing have become soaked with the moisturiser. You should not smoke or use naked flames while this product is in contact with your clothes, dressing or bandages. You should regularly (preferably daily) change bedding and clothing that has become impregnated with Epaderm. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and breastfeedingCertain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can Epaderm affect other medicines?By smoothing and softening the skin moisturisers can increase the absorption of other medicines that are applied to the skin. This is useful in conditions such as eczema because it improves the ability of other medicines, such as corticosteroid creams, to penetrate the skin and reduce inflammation.

However, if you are also using medicated creams, ointments or lotions, including topical corticosteroids, you shouldn’t apply them immediately after using this moisturiser, as this could dilute them and make them less effective. You should ideally leave at least 30 minutes after using this moisturiser before applying different creams, ointments or lotions.

Other medicines containing the same active ingredients

Last updated 13.03.2011

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