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Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Emollient (Overview)

Emollient is a skin-related agent.


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What is emollient vs creme?

What is emollient vs creme?

A moisturizing cream: Cream is a general term for a moist preparation topically applied to protect, deliver medication, or hydrate. An emollient is a type of cream that acts as a moisturizer to the external layers of the skin to make it softer and more pliable. They are usually made up of multiple compounds that help preserve the water content of the skin. ...Read more

Dr. M. Christine Lee
41 doctors shared insights

Emollient (Overview)

Emollient is a skin-related agent.


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I am using an emollient cream with borax for my 4yrs old son with mild infantile eczema.Is it harmful if used regularly?

I am using an emollient cream with borax for my 4yrs old son with mild infantile eczema.Is it harmful if used regularly?

Suggestions: For the management of his eczema, identifying triggers which cause flare ups is important. Avoiding the triggers will help to manage his eczema. Using white dove soap, clear detergent, and moisturizers are important as well. In addition, his management may include topical hydrocortisone 1% lotion for flare ups. ...Read more

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Mineral oil : can I use as emollient for dry skin, does it work, will it give me pimples or bumps?

Mineral oil : can I use as emollient for dry skin, does it work, will it give me pimples or bumps?

Maybe.: Contrary to what you read on the internet, mineral oil is pretty harmless. If you apply it right after showering, while your skin is still moist, it will seal in the moisture and relieve dryness. If you have very sensitive skin you might get pimples or bumps from plugged up oil glands - but you won't know unless you try it. ...Read more

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Is there any side effect of applying lemon juice on the face evryday?

Is there any side effect of applying lemon juice on the face evryday?

None: Lemon juice of the skin is a benign product which might make your skin feel good. There should be no side effects except a little drying for which you can use any emollient cream. ...Read more

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What happens if i think the worse scenario very often and i feel this is deteriorating my life. How do I stop it and interact more with life?

What happens if i think the worse scenario very often and i feel this is deteriorating my life.  How do I stop it and interact more with life?

Anxiety Disorder: Anticipation of worst happening (even if it is exceedingly unlikely) is a symptom of anxiety disorder. This is a distortion of the normal fight or flight response every human is endowed with. Your brain seems to be wired for flight for any environmental stimulus, no matter how trivial. If this is so, see doctor for exam & to formulate a therapeutic plan to include counseling & medication as needed. ...Read more

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What is emollient vs creme?

A moisturizing cream: Cream is a general term for a moist preparation topically applied to protect, deliver medication, or hydrate. An emollient is a type of cream that acts as a moisturizer to the external layers of the skin to make it softer and more pliable. They are usually made up of multiple compounds that help preserve the water content of the skin. ...Read more

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Is emollient balm good for tattoos ?

Is emollient balm good for tattoos ?

Good for what?: fresh tattoos should be covered with ointments like aquaphor or vaniply to keep from crusting over ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter emollient cream or ointment?

What is the best over-the-counter emollient cream or ointment?

Best OTC cream: My fav otc moisturizers: cetaphil, eucerin, aveeno (oatmeal). My fav's that you can get from your dermatologist: vivite and neostrata. ...Read more

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What company makes a noncomedogenic extra emollient night cream?

What company makes a noncomedogenic extra emollient night cream?

Night cream: I love vivite replenish hydrating cream and neostrata bionic cream for extra heavy duty night creams that are not greasy. These are available in many dermatology offices. ...Read more

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What is a good natural emollient for dry skin that is not comedogenic?

What is a good natural emollient for dry skin that is not comedogenic?

Lots of choices.: Most of the leading brands - keri, lubriderm, aveeno, (oatmeal) neutrogena, dove, etc., etc - are designed to avoid causing comedones. Most say "noncomedogenic" right on the label. ...Read more

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Is it offensive to give your friend who suffers from arthritic psoriasis a highly emollient lotion?

Biologics: No it is not offensive but an emollient lotion is not effective. Talk to your friend about the use of biologics such as enbrel, humira, Remicade (infliximab) as these medications treat both skin lesions and arthritis. ...Read more

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What emollient cream do I use for lichen sclerosus?

What emollient cream do I use for lichen sclerosus?

Steroid cream: Lichen sclerosus is poorly understood as far as a cause. It does respond, however, to high potency steroid cream. The most commonly used cream is called clobetasol. It is probably best used as an ointment and is available only with a prescription. Talk to your ob/gyn! ...Read more

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Is it insulting to give your friend who suffers from raw hands a highly emollient lotion?

No: Any time you want to help someone improve, it is the way you say it and present it, that makes the different. Dont say you have dry hands, so i got you this. Try something like, i learned today that people who wash their hands alot can have very dry hands, more prone to infections, etc. They recommmend using a heavy emollient & i thought we can try this together. I got it to. ...Read more

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Who's made the best emollient cream (relieves dry skin and wrinkles)?

Who's made the best emollient cream (relieves dry skin and wrinkles)?

Best cream: Good moisturizers will help retain the water in your skin, rub in well, and not be overly greasy. This means that there is no one cream that is "best". I have prean cream compounded for my patients with compromised skin, and their parents and kids love it. You will have to find one you like and stick with it. ...Read more

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Is this product vaseline emollient cream" good for sensitive skin or is cetaphil better?

Is this product vaseline emollient cream" good for sensitive skin or is cetaphil better?

Depends: In general there is no single best cream. However, ointments are better than creams at hydrating the skin and creams are better than lotions. In terms of ointments, vaseline is fantastic. As for the vaseline brand cream versus cetaphil, i would simply try both and see what works best for you. Dermatologists have a fondness for cetaphil cream but this is not based on any data. Try them both! ...Read more

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I am unable to clean the entire smegma collected under foreskin of penis. Can some cream or emollient be advised please ?

I am unable to clean the entire smegma collected under foreskin of penis. Can some cream or emollient be advised please ?

Soap & water: should be sufficient to clean under foreskin once it has been retracted fully. Phimosis, tight foreskin, could be cause of inability to easily retract foreskin which would make penile hygiene difficult. Need to see your Dr. or urologist if foreskin does not retract easily. This might require steroid cream or even surgery. Surgery would be either circumcision or prepucioplasty/dorsal slit. ...Read more