How to Apply AproDerm®

According to NICE Clinical Guideline CG57 “Management of atopic eczema in children from birth up to the age of 12 years” emollients should form the basis of atopic eczema management and children should continue to use them even when their eczema has cleared up.

Finding the right emollient that works for your patient can be a lengthy process and an important step in this is making sure that they are aware of how to apply the emollient correctly, in terms of technique, quantity and frequency. Incorrect technique can make a patient think that an emollient isn’t working and, in some cases, it can make their skin more irritated and the condition worse. Under these circumstances the patient may stop using the emollient as they believe that the treatment is not working when, if used correctly, it may actually have worked.

The AproDerm® Range of emollients can be used throughout the day, as pre-bathing emollients and after bathing. In addition AproDerm® Emollient Cream is also an effective soap substitute.

How to Apply Emollients

Listed below are some key points which you may find beneficial to discuss with your patients when prescribing emollients, including those within the AproDerm® range, to ensure that they achieve maximum benefit from using them.

Patients should:

globe_bullet   Wash their hands before applying their emollient to reduce the risk of bacterial infection.

globe_bullet   Remove the tamper evident seal on the emollient and, with emollients that are in pumps, turn the nozzle in a clockwise direction and press down to pump the emollient onto their hand. Remind your patients that the first time they use the emollient the pump will need to be primed, so the nozzle may need to be pressed downwards up to ten times before the emollient comes out – this is normal.

globe_bullet   Patch test their skin the first time that they use any emollient by testing an area of skin with a small amount and leaving for 48 hours – if there is no reaction or irritation they can then apply the emollient all over the affected area of skin.

globe_bullet   Apply regularly, liberally and frequently, (as required or as directed by their healthcare professional) to the affected area using gentle downward strokes following the direction of hair growth – making sure that they do not rub as this can irritate the skin and may cause folliculitis if the hair follicles become blocked.

globe_bullet   Leave a thin layer of emollient on the skin to soak in (the skin should glisten) – this can take about 10 minutes.

globe_bullet   Use AproDerm® Emollient Cream as a soap substitute when washing or bathing.

globe_bullet   Use AproDerm® emollients before bathing (pre-bathing) to help alleviate the drying effects of bathing.

globe_bullet   Apply AproDerm® emollients after bathing as well, to skin that is almost dry as this will trap in moisture and hydrate the skin further.

globe_bullet   Continue applying AproDerm® emollients after their skin has improved to prevent the risk of flare-ups.

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How much AproDerm® Emollient should A Patient Apply?

AproDerm® emollients should be applied regularlyliberally and as frequently as required so that the skin is protected and hydrated.

Generally the drier the skin the more often the emollient has to be applied.  As an indication of quantities of emollients needed the table below shows how much emollient an adult or child aged 12 years or over would typically use per month if they applied an AproDerm® emollient three times a day to the areas of the body shown. For children under 12 years the quantities needed would be approximately half of this.


Area of Skin to be Treated Amount of AproDerm® Emollient Applied
(grams per month)
Face and Neck Up to 336g
Trunk 336g - 672g
Both Arms 336g
Both Hands Up to 336g
Both Legs 672g - 1008g

Table 1: Typical monthly quantities of AproDerm® emollients suitable for an adult or child aged 12 years and over.

It is important to remind patients that emollients should be applied regularly and that they cannot overuse them. In fact, emollients tend to be underused which is why sometimes patients may think that they don’t work when in actual fact it’s because they are not being used often enough. There are certain times when the skin is likely to become irritated such as when swimming or in cold weather and at these times it may help to apply AproDerm® emollients before exposure.

For more information on using emollients please visit our Tips & Advice section. To print copies of our Tips & Advice, Patient Information Card or How To Apply AproDerm® Emollients for your patients click on the icons below.

Alternatively, if you require information on how to apply AproDerm® Barrier Cream please click here.

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