Active substance(s): BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE / CHLORHEXIDINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE / ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE / LIQUID PARAFFIN
Information for the user
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dermol Cream is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Dermol Cream
3. How to use Dermol Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dermol Cream
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions
1. WHAT DERMOL CREAM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
• Dermol Cream is an antimicrobial and emollient (softening and moisturising) treatment for
application to dry or problem skin.
• It is for use in two ways:
– as a leave-on application
– as a soap-substitute.
• It helps treat and prevent dry and itchy (pruritic) skin conditions, especially eczema
• All age groups can use Dermol Cream, including babies.
• There are two types of active ingredient in this product:
– Benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride are antimicrobials.
These help to:
– combat bacteria present on your skin that can make eczema worse
– prevent infection caused by scratching itchy skin.
– Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate are emollients which help to:
– soften, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring
the normal protective function of the skin
– prevent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by washing and bathing and
by the soaps, foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary skin cleansing products.
• This product can be used in addition to any other emollients or treatments your doctor or
pharmacist may have given or prescribed for you to treat your dry skin condition.
2. BEFORE YOU USE DERMOL CREAM
Do not use Dermol Cream if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to benzalkonium chloride,
chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, liquid paraffin, isopropyl myristate, or any of the other ingredients
of Dermol Cream listed in Section 6.
Special warnings and precautions
As with any product, severe generalised allergic reactions (see Section 4) are possible. Very rare
reports of such reactions in susceptible individuals, leading to a drop in blood pressure and even
to unconsciousness, have been associated with products containing chlorhexidine. You must not
use Dermol Cream if you have had problems with chlorhexidine-containing products in the past.
Take care when using this product:
• For patients with very sensitive skin, it is generally a good idea to start any new treatment
on a small test area first, in case any side effect occurs (see Section 4 below). This is
especially important when treating the face or young children. Thereafter, treatments
may be applied more generously, as required.
• Avoid getting it in the eyes, especially when using it on the face.
• When used as a soap substitute in the bath or shower the product can make the surface
slippery, so be careful to avoid slipping over when getting into and out of your shower or bath
(eg by using a shower or bath mat).
Using other medicines
This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by, other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This product can be used during pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. The ingredients have
been in widespread use in this and similar preparations for many years, without reports of
problems. However, safety trials have not been conducted.
Information about the ingredients of Dermol Cream
If you have previously experienced local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) to any of
the ingredients, please talk to your doctor before using this product. Problems of this sort
are possible with any ingredient, and a small number of people are known to be sensitive to
cetostearyl alcohol in particular.
Important Safety Information (when used as a leave-on emollient)
Paraffin is a common, important and very effective ingredient in emollient products applied to
the skin. However, care should be taken as emollients which soak into medical dressings or
fabrics (clothing, pyjamas, bed linen, etc.) can increase the flammability of these items. Patients
using emollients (and their parents/carers) should take particular care to avoid these materials
coming into contact with naked flames or lit cigarettes, etc. As a precaution, dressings and
clothing, etc., should be changed frequently and laundered thoroughly.
Use it only on the skin. For maximum benefit you should use it on a regular basis and as
often as required.
Before using the 500 g bottle, turn the top of the pump dispenser anti-clockwise to unlock it.
After unlocking, you will need to press down the pump dispenser several times to prime the
pump before any product is dispensed.
The same instructions apply for all age groups:For use as a leave-on application:
• Apply Dermol Cream to the affected areas.
3. HOW TO USE DERMOL CREAM
• Gently smooth into the skin.
• If necessary, allow time for any excess to soak in. Do not rub the skin vigorously.
• Reapply as often as required.
If you are applying another treatment to the same areas of skin as Dermol Cream, try to avoid
mixing the two products. This can be achieved by applying the treatments alternately, leaving
sufficient time to allow the previous application to soak in.
For use as a soap substitute
Use Dermol Cream to wash with instead of your ordinary soap or shower gel. It will not foam
or lather like ordinary cosmetic products.
After washing, bathing or showering, pat the skin dry with a soft towel (avoid rubbing as this
can make dry skin conditions worse).
If you forget to use Dermol Cream
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the product as described the
next time you require it.
If the product gets into the eyes
The product may cause irritation if it gets into the eyes. Rinse the eyes with plenty of water. If
rinsing one eye, take care to avoid washing product into the other eye. If irritation persists, seek
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Dermol Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following reactions stop using Dermol Cream and get urgent
medical help: swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat; a sudden uncharacteristic red itchy
skin rash (hives) away from the site of application; wheezing or breathing difficulty; feeling faint
or dizzy; a strange metallic taste in the mouth; or collapse. You may be having a serious allergic
This product has been specially designed for use on dry or problem skin areas anywhere on
the body. Rarely, Dermol Cream can cause skin reactions on treated areas (involving redness,
irritation and/or itching). These very rare skin reactions may become more significant where
associated with excessive use as a leave-on application in areas of folded skin such as the groin
or in the nappy area.
Stop using this cream and tell your doctor or pharmacist:
If your skin condition seems to look or feel worse.
If any of the side effects become unacceptable, or you notice any other side effects not
mentioned in this leaflet.
If you swallow Dermol Cream
If you accidentally swallow the product and you then feel unwell, seek medical attention.
Do not attempt to cause vomiting.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE DERMOL CREAM
• Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Do not use Dermol Cream after the expiry date shown on the container and carton.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 30°C.
• Always replace the cap after use.
In the case of the 500 g bottle, it is advisable to turn the top of the pump dispenser clockwise
to lock it.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Dermol Cream contains:
The active ingredients in this product are benzalkonium chloride (0.1% w/w), chlorhexidine
dihydrochloride (0.1% w/w), liquid paraffin (10% w/w) and isopropyl myristate (10% w/w).
The other ingredients are cetostearyl alcohol, glycerol, macrogol cetostearyl ether
(cetomacrogol 1000), phenoxyethanol, disodium phosphate dodecahydrate, sodium dihydrogen
phosphate dihydrate and purified water.
What Dermol Cream looks like and contents of the pack
• The product is a white, non-greasy cream that contains no dye or fragrance.
The product is available in a plastic bottle containing 500 g or in a plastic tube containing
100 g. (30 g packs are also available to the medical and allied professions).
The Marketing Authorisation holder is Dermal Laboratories, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7QR, UK.
The Manufacturer is Fleet Laboratories Ltd, 94 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Herts,
WD18 7JJ, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in April 2017.
7. GENERAL ADVICE ON LOOKING AFTER DRY SKIN CONDITIONS.
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Emollients help soften, moisturise and protect the skin. They play a central role in the
treatment and management of dry skin conditions. For maximum effect, they should be
applied regularly and as often as needed.
When bathing, try to use warm, not hot, water and avoid staying in the bath for long periods.
This could make dry skin conditions worse.
Try to avoid using normal soaps or shower products (even those labelled “moisturising”).
This is because they tend to dry and irritate the skin. Avoid using products containing
fragrances, as these can also cause skin problems. You should try to use a fragrance-free
emollient “soap substitute” instead. This type of product will not foam or lather but will be
better for your dry skin condition.
• Breaking the itch-scratch cycle.
Some dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis are itchy, and can be quite sore.
Although scratching relieves the itching for a short while, it further damages the skin. Badly
scratched skin easily gets infected. This makes it itchier and the urge to scratch becomes
even greater. It is better if scratching can be avoided by reducing the itching. The regular use
of emollients or moisturisers can help with this.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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