Emulsifying Ointment
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 Emulsifying Ointment

 Emulsifying Ointment

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT

Emulsifying Ointment is used to moisturise dry skin. It can also be used as a mild soap in problem skin conditions which cannot tolerate over-drying toilet soaps.

Your doctor has prescribed this for you as a:

  • Moisturiser
    Apply or massage gently in a downward direction (in the direction of hair growth) to the affected areas at least 2 times a day. A good time to apply the ointment is within 5 to 10 minutes after your bath, while your skin is still damp. This helps to seal in the moisture more effectively and prevent excessive water loss through your skin.
  • Bar soap substitute
    Wet the body. Rub some emulsifying ointment with water between your palms until it lathers, then apply it to the entire body in a downward direction (in the direction of hair growth). Avoid use on your face and scalp. Wash off with water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
  • Liquid soap substitute
    Scoop a spoonful into a heat-resistant container. Add some hot water and stir until the ointment melts and is well mixed. Add some cold water to cool it. Apply to the entire body, except your face and scalp. Wash off with water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Points To Note

  • This preparation is used not only to cleanse, but also to leave a thin film of ointment on the skin.
  • It may not be suitable for the face or scalp, as it may be too oily.
  • The elderly should be extra careful after using this ointment in the bath, as the ointment may make the floor oily and slippery.​

    • When in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
      National Skin Centre (Singapore)
      1 Mandalay Road, Singapore 308205
      Tel: 63508454

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Last updated on 30 Apr 2020

Last updated on 30 Apr 2020