DERMOL WASH CUTANEOUS EMULSION
Active substance(s): BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE / CHLORHEXIDINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE / ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE / LIQUID PARAFFIN
Information for the user
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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, nurse or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dermol Wash is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Dermol Wash
3. How to use Dermol Wash
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dermol Wash
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions
1. WHAT DERMOL WASH IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
• Dermol Wash is a moisturising, protective and antiseptic soap substitute for you to use
whenever you wash. It has been developed for use instead of soaps (bars and liquids) and
cleansers, both of which may irritate dry skin.
• Dermol Wash can also be used as a leave on treatment, re-applied after washing and drying.
• It helps treat and prevent dry and itchy skin conditions. Common examples include;
ccupational hand dermatitis (due to frequent hand-washing, or repeated contact with water
or chemicals such as cleaning or hair products)
– eczema and other types of dermatitis
– psoriasis (scaly, pink patches of skin)
– elderly pruritus (itchy skin due to ageing)
– ichthyosis (unusually scaly skin)
• All age groups can use Dermol Wash, including babies.
• The active ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate and liquid paraffin (which
are emollients), and benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride (which are
• This soap substitute is specially designed to be non-foaming and is fragrance free. When used
as part of your normal washing routine, it helps to:
– cleanse, soften, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping in moisture and restoring the
normal protective function of the skin
– prevent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by washing and by the soaps,
foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary cleansing products
– combat bacteria present on your skin that can make eczema worse
– prevent infection caused by scratching itchy skin
– prevent ‘flare-ups’ of your skin condition
• This product can be used in addition to any other emollients or treatments your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse may have given or prescribed for you to treat your dry skin condition.
2. BEFORE YOU USE DERMOL WASH
Do not use Dermol Wash if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to isopropyl myristate, liquid
paraffin, benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride or any of the other ingredients
of Dermol Wash 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 Wash if you have had problems with chlorhexidine-containing products in the past.
Take care when using this product:
• Avoid getting it in the eyes, especially when using it on the face.
• If you decide to use this product to wash with in the bath or shower, it can make the surface
e careful to avoid slipping over when getting into and out of your shower or bath
(eg by using a shower or bath mat);
fter use, clean out the bath/shower tray with a suitable detergent to remove any remaining
greasiness (wearing protective gloves to avoid irritating your hands).
• 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 overleaf). This is especially
important when treating the face or young children. Thereafter, treatments may be applied
more generously, as required.
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 Wash
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.
This product is only for application to the skin. Use this product as part of your normal washing
routine, instead of your ordinary soap (bar or liquid) or cleanser. For maximum benefit you should
use it whenever you wash (including routine hand washing).
Before using this product, 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.
• Wash with this product in the same way as you would with any liquid soap.
3. HOW TO USE DERMOL WASH
• Use it with a gentle washing action. The product will not foam or lather as you wash.
• Rinse off (you should still be able to feel the product coating the skin).
• Pat the skin dry with a soft towel (avoid rubbing as this can make dry skin conditions worse).
You can also use Dermol Wash as a leave-on treatment, by re-applying it after washing and
• Gently smooth the product into the dry skin areas. If necessary, allow time for any excess to
soak in. Do not rub the skin vigorously.
• If you are applying another product to the same areas of skin as Dermol Wash, try to avoid
mixing the two products. You can do this by applying the treatments alternately, leaving
enough time to allow the previous product to soak in.
Dermol Wash can be used for intensive and frequent hand-washing (e.g. for healthcare
professionals in a clinical setting).
• Using Dermol Wash, follow the hand-washing technique normally recommended.
• Rinse thoroughly and dry.
• Apply Dermol Wash to hands as a leave-on skin conditioner.
If you forget to use Dermol Wash
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the product as described the
next time you wash.
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 medical advice.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Dermol Wash can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following reactions stop using Dermol Wash 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 Wash 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 product and tell your doctor, nurse 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 Wash
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 WASH
• Keep out of sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Dermol Wash 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 25°C.
• After using the product it is advisable to turn the top of the pump dispenser clockwise
to lock it.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Dermol Wash Cutaneous Emulsion contains:
The active ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate (2.5% w/w), liquid paraffin
(2.5% w/w), benzalkonium chloride (0.1% w/w) and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride
(0.1% w/w). The other ingredients are cetostearyl alcohol, macrogol cetostearyl ether
(cetomacrogol 1000), phenoxyethanol and purified water.
What Dermol Wash looks like and contents of the pack
• The product is a white, non-greasy emulsion (lotion) that contains no dye or fragrance.
• The product is available in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser containing 200 ml of lotion.
(50 ml packs are also available to medical and allied professions.)
The Marketing Authorisation holder is Dermal Laboratories, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7QR, UK.
The Manufacturer is Aeropak, Viking Road, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0NU, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in April 2017.
7. GENERAL ADVICE ON LOOKING AFTER DRY SKIN CONDITIONS
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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