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Emollients are heavy moisturisers that help manage and control eczema. Children and adults with eczema usually have dry and easily irritable skin.

When used adequately emollients have a number of important functions that will help you:

  • put moisture back in the skin which relieves itching or, if very dry, pain
  • where the skin is broken or weeping, will help the skin heal faster and feel more comfortable
  • decrease shedding of skin
  • improve skin barrier function so that the skin is not so irritated by conditions, allergens and less open to infection 
  • decrease redness and swelling
  • decrease the length of time and strength of steroid you need to apply to the skin.

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