Using emollients to restore and maintain skin integrity
Philip Watkins Dermatology nurse specialist, Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, Mitcham, Surrey
Emollients are an essential treatment option for the reduction of dry skin conditions and the maintenance of healthy skin. These functions are dependent on complex interactions within the upper layers of the epidermis, designed to maintain the skin’s dynamic but intact barrier function. Choice of emollient is dependent on several factors, including the variability of skin by location and age, as well as individual choice regarding the patient’s preferred emollient routine.
Nursing Standard. 22, 41,51-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.06.22.41.51.c6578
Published in print: 18 June 2008Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review