topical emollients (Absorbase, AcidMantle, Acne-Aid)

Brand Names: Absorbase, AcidMantle, Acne-Aid, Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser, Alevicyn, Aloe Vesta 2-n-1, Aloe Vesta Body Wash & Shampoo, Aloe Vesta Cleansing Foam, Aloe Vesta Cream, Aloe Vesta Daily Moisturizer, Aloe Vesta Perineal/Skin Cleanser, Aloe Vesta Protein Ointment, Aloe Vesta Skin Conditioner, AlphaSoft, A-Mantle, AmeriCerin, Amerigel Barrier, Amerigel Care, AmeriPhor, AmeriStore, Aqua Glycolic, Aqua Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Aqua Glycolic Shampoo and Body Cleanser, Aqua Glycolic Toner, Aqua Lacten, Aqua Lube, Aqua Lube Plus, Aquabase, Aquaderm, Aquanil Lotion, Aquaphilic, Aquaphor, Aquaphor Healing (obsolete), Astroglide, Atopaderm, Atopiclair, Atrapro, Aurstat, Aurstat Anti-Itch, Aurstat Kit, Aveeno, Aveeno Active Naturals, Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing, Aveeno Moisturizing Bar, Avosil Scar Care, Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Baby Oil Creamy, Baby Soap, Bag Balm, Balneol, Balneol Cleansing, Balneol for Her, Barri-Care, basis sensitive skin bar, basis vitamin bar, Baza Cleanse & Protect, Baza-Pro, Baza-Protect, Bedside-Care Perineal Wash, Beta Care, Betamide, Biafine, Biafine RE, Blistex Lip Balm, Blistex Lip Revitalizer, Bodi Bath & Shampoo, Bodi Care, Bodi Kleen Perineal Cleanser, Bodi Line Almond Skin Cleanser, Bodi Line Antiseptic, Bodi Line Hair and Body Shampoo, Bodi Lotion, Bodi Protect, Bodi Whirl Bath, Bodi Whirl Oil, BurnZone, Cam, Cara-Klenz Wound Cleanser, Carb-O-Lan10, Carb-O-Lan20, Care-Creme, Ca-Rezz, Carlesta, Carmex, Carmex Click-Stick, Carmex Comfort Care Berry SPF 15, Carmex Daily Care Assorted Flavors, Carmex Daily Care Strawberry SPF 15, Carmex Original, Carmex Original Jar, Carmex Original SPF 15, CarraKlenz, CarraKlenz Wound Cleanser, Carrington, Carrington Foot and Body, Carrington Moisture Guard, Carrington Skin Balm, Cavilon Durable Barrier, Cavilon Emollient, Cavilon Foot Emollient, CC-500, Celacyn, Ceracade, Ceramax, CeraVe, CeraVe AM, CeraVe Facial Moisturizing, CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, CeraVe Therapeutic Hand, Cetaklenz, Ceta-Klenz, CetaKlenz Pump, Cetaphil Bar, Cetaphil Cleanser, Cetaphil Cream, Cetaphil Daily Advantage, Cetaphil Lotion, Cetaphil Restoraderm Moisturizer, Cetaphil Restoraderm Wash, ChafeZone, Chap Stick, Chap Stick 100% Naturals, Chap Stick All Natural, Chap Stick Fresh Effects, Chap Stick Lip Moisturizer, Chap Stick Total Hydration Coconut, Chap Stick Total Hydration Hello Bordeaux, Chap Stick Total Hydration Merlot, Chap Stick Total Hydration Natural Lip Scrub, Chap Stick Total Hydration Pink Nude, Chap Stick Total Hydration Soothing Vanilla, Chap Stick Tube, Chap Stick, Cherry, Citraderm, Clinac O.C., Cocoa Butter with Aloe & Vitamin E, Complex-15, Consept, Constant Care Vaseline, CoolBottoms, Corn Huskers Lotion, Cream Base, Critic-Aid Clear, Curel Moisture Lotion, Curel Ultra Pro, Cutemol, Del Clens Soap Free Cleanser, DepthZone, Derma Soothe, Dermabase, DermaCerin, DermaDaily, Dermadrox, DermaFix, Dermagran, Dermagran GP, Dermaide Aloe, Dermal Therapy, Dermalab Cleansing Bar, Dermalab Conditioning Shampoo, Dermalab Lotion, Dermalab Skin Cleanser, Dermalab Skin Cream, Dermalab Soap, Dermalube, DermaPhor, Dermarest Rosacea, Dermasil Lotion, DermaSoft with Aloe, DermaVantage, Desitin Multi-Purpose, Dexeryl, Diab, Diab Gel, Diabet-X Daily Prevention Therapy, DML Facial, DML Forte, DML Moisture Lotion, Dr Scholl's Essentials Cracked Skin Repair, Dr. Smith's Rash+Skin, Dr. Smith's Rash-N-All, Durable Barr, Eletone, Elon Barrier Protectant, Elon Herbal Foot Cream, Elta, Elta Lite, Elta Seal Skin Protectant, Entty, EpiCeram Controlled Release Skin Barrier Emulsion, EpiCeram Skin Barrier Emulsion, Epilyt, Esoterica Dry Skin, Eucerin, Eucerin Eczema Relief, Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Eucerin Plus, Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair, Fattibase Ointment, Formula 405 Cream, Formula 405 Lotion, Formula 405 Soap, Formula Finger Skin Cream, Free & Clear, Gentle Cream, GentleWash Body Wash / Shampoo, Geri-Lav Free, Geri-Soft, Glycerin with Rose Water, Gold Bond Ultimate Diabetics, Gold Bond Ultimate Healing, Gold Bond Ultimate Restoring, Gold Bond Ultimate Softening, Green Soap, GRx Rinse-Free, Herpecin-L, HPR Emollient, HPR Plus, HPRplus-MB HydroGel, HRT Cream Base, Humatrix Microclysmic Treatment, Hydrisinol, Hydrocerin, Hydrocerin Plus, Hydrocream, Hydro-Lan Creme, Hydrolatum, Hydropel, Hydrophil Ointment, Hydrophor (obsolete) (obsolete), Hydrophylic GRX, Hydrosonic Gel, Hylatopic Emollient, Hylatopic Plus Aurstat, HylatopicPlus, HylatopicPlus Emollient Foam, Iamin Hydrating Gel, Ilex, Iliderm Rx Skin, Impruv, Impruv Deep Moisturizing, Impruv Natural Repair, Ionax, Isagel, Jergens, Keri Advanced Therapy, Keri Lotion, Keri Original Therapy, Keri Sensitive Skin, Kerodex-51, Kerodex-71, Kinerase, K-Y Jelly, K-Y Ultragel, K-Y Warm Jelly, K-Y Warming, K-Y Yours + Mine, Lamisilk Heel Balm, Lanaphilic, Lantiseptic, Lantiseptic Daily Cream, Lantiseptic Multi-Purpose, Lantiseptic Skin Protectant, Lazer Creme, Leader Finger Cream, Levicyn, Levicyn Dermal Spray, Levicyn Spray Gel, Light Mineral Oil, Topical, Liqua-Gel, Loutrex, Loving Lather II, Loving Lotion, Lowila, Loyon, Lubrex, Lubricating Jelly, Lubricating Lotion, Lubriderm, Lubriderm Daily Moisturizer, Lubriderm Lotion, Lubri-Gel, Lubri-Soft, Luxamend, Mammol, Masse, Maxam, Maxilube, Mederma, Mederma for Kids, Mederma Stretch Mark, Medicine Shoppe Natural Cold Sore Cream, Miaderm Radiation Relief, MimyX, Minerin, Moisture Magic, Moisturel, Moisturel Sensitive Skin, Moisturin, Mother's Friend, Natural Care Gel, Natural Ice, Nature's Wash Plus, Neosalus, Neoteric Diabetic, NeutrapHor, NeutrapHorus Rex, Neutrogena Acne Formula, Neutrogena Cleansing, Neutrogena Cleansing Wash, Neutrogena Cream, Neutrogena Lotion, Neutrogena Rainbath, Neutrogena Soap, Neutrogena Toner, Nivea, Nix Ultra, Normlgel, Normlshield, Nouriva Repair, Nu Soap, Nutraderm, Nutraderm Advanced Formula, Nutraderm-30, Nutraseb, OC Eight, Ocean Nasal Moisturizer, OCEAN Ultra Moisturizing, Ocusoft, Oilatum Soap, Oilatum-AD, Ointment Base, Orabase Paste Plain, Orabase Soothe-N-Seal, Ostiderm, Pacquin, Pacquin Plus, Panthoderm Cream, Pen-Kera, Peri-Care, PeriClean, PeriScent Perineal Cleanser, Peri-Wash, Petro-phylic Soap, Phacid, Phisoderm, Phisoderm Cleansing Bar, Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser, Phisoderm for Baby, Plastibase 50W, Polybase, Polysorb, PR Cream, Presera, Pretty Feet & Hands, Promiseb, Promiseb Complete, Proshield Foam & Spray Cleanser, Proshield Glove Skin Protectant, Proshield Plus Skin Protectant, Proshield Skincare Kit, PruClair, PruMyx, Prutect, PruVel, Puri-Clens, Purpose Cream, Purpose Lotion, Purpose Soap, RadiaCare, RadiaGel Hydrogel, Rash Relief Clear, Remedy (dimethicone), Remedy 4-in-1 Body Cleanser, Remedy 4-in-1 Cleansing Lotion, Remedy Calazime, Remedy Nutrashield, Remedy Phytoplex Z-Guard, Remedy Skin Repair, Restore Cleanser & Moisturizer, Restore Hydrogel, Restore Moisture Barrier, Restore Skin Conditioning Creme, Resurfix, Rex Eme, Robathol, Saratoga, Sardo Bath, Satin Therapeutic, Sayman Salve, Sayman Soap, SBR-Lipocream, ScarAway, Scarcin, Sea-Clens, Seba-Nil, Sebuderm, Secura, Secura Dimethicone Protectant, Secura Extra Protective, Secura Mosturizing, Secura Personal Cleanser, Secura Protective, Secura Two Step Kit, Sensi-Care, Sensi-Care Moisturizing Body, Sensi-Care Perineal/Skin Cleanser, Septi-Soft Concentrate, SFC, Shepards, Skin Care, Skin Magic, SkyyDerm, Soapreme, Soft Sense, Sonafine, Special Care, Special Care Moisture Barrier, Spectro Jel Skin Cleanser, Sproam Body Cleanser, St. Ives, St. Ives Cucumber, Melon and Vitamin E, St. Ives Hydrating Vitamin E, St. Ives Restoring, SuperSoft, Surgilube, Sween 24 (dimethicone), Sween Cream, Sween Prep, Techni-Care, TeroDerm, TeroDerm Plus, Tetrix Cream, Thera Derm Bath, Thera-P, Therapeutic Bath, Theraplex Clear, Theraplex Hydro Lotion, Theraplex Lotion, TheraSeal Hand Protection, TL Triseb, TL-Cermide, TriDerma Diabetic Bruise Defense Healing, TriDerma Diabetic Dry Skin Defense Healing, TriDerma Diabetic Foot Defense Healing, TriDerma Diabetic Ulcer Defense Healing, Triple Cream, Tritles Lotion, Tropazone, Ultra Derm, Ultra-Klenz Wound Cleanser, Uni Derm, Unibase Ointment, Vagisil Intimate Lubricant, Vanicream, Vanicream Cleanser, Vanicream Cleansing Bar, Vanicream Lite, Vaniply, Vaseline Dermatology Formula, Vaseline Intensive Care, Velvachol, Wibi Lotion, Zanfel, Zenieva, Zenieva Cream and Cleanser

Generic Name: topical emollients

What are topical emollients?

Emollients are substances that moisten and soften your skin.

Topical (for the skin) emollients are used to treat or prevent dry skin. Topical emollients are sometimes contained in products that also treat acne, chapped lips, diaper rash, cold sores, or other minor skin irritation.

There are many brands and forms of topical emollients available and not all are listed on this leaflet.

Topical emollients may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of topical emollients?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using the topical emollient and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or irritation where the product was applied.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about topical emollients?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using topical emollients?

You should not use a topical emollient if you are allergic to it. Topical emollients will not treat or prevent a skin infection.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have:

How should I use topical emollients?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Clean the skin where you will apply the topical emollient. It may help to apply this product when your skin is wet or damp. Follow directions on the product label.

Shake the product container if recommended on the label.

Apply a small amount of topical emollient to the affected area and rub in gently.

If you are using a stick, pad, or soap form of topical emollient, follow directions for use on the product label.

Do not use this product over large area of skin. Do not apply a topical emollient to a deep puncture wound or severe burn without medical advice.

If your skin appears white or gray and feels soggy, you may be applying too much topical emollient or using it too often.

Some forms of topical emollient may be flammable and should not be used near high heat or open flame, or applied while you are smoking.

Store as directed away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle, tube, or other container tightly closed when not in use.


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What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this product is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Seek medical advice if your condition does not improve after using a topical emollient.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking topical emollients?

Avoid getting topical emollients in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Some topical emollients can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight or UV rays.

What other drugs will affect topical emollients?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied emollients. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about topical emollients.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Reviewed on 3/17/2022

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