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Finding the right emollient that works for you or your child can be a lengthy process and an important part of this journey is making sure that you apply the emollient correctly, this includes the way that you apply it (technique), the amount that you apply (quantity) and how often you apply it (frequency). Incorrect technique can not only make a person think that an emollient isn’t working but in some cases it can make their skin more irritated and make the condition worse. Under these circumstances the person may stop using the emollient as they believe that it is not working for them when in fact, had it been applied correctly, it may actually have worked.