Dry skin and emollients
Dry skin is common around this time of year due to cold weather, strong winds and central heating.
Emollients are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate it. They cover the skin with a protective film to trap in moisture.
Emollients are often used to help manage dry, itchy or scaly skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis.
They help prevent patches of inflammation and flare-ups of these conditions.
You don't always need to see a GP for this minor health condition - a Pharmacist can help.
You can find out more about dry skin and emollients here:
- NHS - Common skin conditions (a short guide to some of the most common skin conditions)
- NHS - Emollients (types of emollients, how/when to use emollients, and safety advice)
The following patient information leaflet offers advice on Hand dermatitis/hand eczema, How to care for your hands, Plantar warts, Herpes Simplex, and Fungal infections of the nails: