DOUBLEBASE EMOLLIENT SHOWER GEL
Active substance(s): ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE / LIQUID PARAFFIN
Information for the user
Emollient Shower Gel
isopropyl myristate 15% w/w, liquid paraffin 15% w/w
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 Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel
3. How to use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions
HAT DOUBLEBASE EMOLLIENT SHOWER GEL IS AND WHAT
IT IS USED FOR
• Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel is a treatment for you to apply to your skin during
your normal showering routine.
• It helps treat dry or chapped skin conditions that may also be itchy, red and sore.
Common examples include:
soriasis (scaly, pink patches of skin), elderly pruritus (itchy skin due to ageing),
ichthyosis (abnormal scaly skin), various forms of eczema, dermatitis and other dry
groups who normally shower can use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel.
ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate and liquid paraffin.
These are known as emollients. When used as part of your normal showering routine
the product helps to:
– s often, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring
the normal protective function of the skin.
revent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by showering and by
the soaps, foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary shower products.
• 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 DOUBLEBASE EMOLLIENT SHOWER GEL
Do not use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to isopropyl
myristate, liquid paraffin or any of the other ingredients of Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel
listed in Section 6.
Take special care when using this product:
- it can make your shower tray (or bath surface) slippery, so be careful to avoid slipping over
when getting into and out of your shower (eg by using a shower or bath mat).
- after use, clean out the shower tray with a suitable detergent to remove any remaining
greasiness (wearing protective gloves to avoid irritating your hands).
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 while 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.
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. For maximum benefit you should use the gel
whenever you shower.
• To use the product, remove the hooked overcap and attach it to the base of the bottle
for hanging in the shower.
• Holding the bottle upside down, gently squeeze the product into the palm of your hand.
For all age groups who normally shower:
You can use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel in any of the following ways (whichever suit
• Apply the gel to the dry areas of the skin, using a few gentle strokes.
• Apply the gel using a gentle washing action.
3. HOW TO USE DOUBLEBASE EMOLLIENT SHOWER GEL
• If you decide to use your normal cleanser in the shower, use Doublebase Emollient
Shower Gel afterwards to condition your skin.
• Rinse off any excess (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).
• Apply the gel to areas of dry skin, using a few gentle strokes to smooth across the skin in
the same direction as hair growth (like stroking a cat or dog).
• Allow any excess to soak in.
You may prefer to use your normal soap or shower gel as well as Doublebase Emollient Shower
Gel when showering. As a general rule, however, the use of normal soaps and shower gels (even
those labelled “moisturising”) is best avoided, or at least kept to a minimum.
If you forget to use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the shower gel as described
the next time you shower.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. This product has been specially designed for use on dry or problem skin.
However, in rare cases it can cause skin irritation (mild rashes) or allergic skin reactions on
extremely sensitive skin. These rare effects tend to occur during or soon after the first few uses.
Stop using this shower gel and tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist:
• if your skin condition seems to look or feel worse.
• if any of the side effects get serious, or you notice any other side effects not mentioned
in this leaflet.
If this product is accidentally swallowed, its oily ingredients may cause diarrhoea.
If this happens:
• treat the symptoms as you would deal with any case of diarrhoea.
• drink plenty of water.
• 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 help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE DOUBLEBASE EMOLLIENT SHOWER GEL
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel after the expiry date shown on
the container. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not freeze the product.
• Replace the hooked overcap in the original position on the top of the bottle
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel contains:
The active ingredients are isopropyl myristate (15% w/w) and liquid paraffin (15% w/w).
The other ingredients are macrogol cetostearyl ether (cetomacrogol), glycerol, carbomer,
sorbitan laurate, trolamine, phenoxyethanol and purified water.
What Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel looks like and contents of the pack
• The shower gel is available in a plastic bottle containing 200 g. The bottle is fitted with
a purple hooked overcap. 25 g tubes are also available to the medical and allied
• The product is a white, viscous liquid. It contains no dye or fragrance.
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
• 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 cleansing 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.
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Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel, 00173/0196.
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