What is Doublebase Gel?
Doublebase Gel is a treatment for application to your skin to help treat dry or chapped skin conditions that may also be itchy, red and sore.
Common examples include psoriasis (scaly, pink patches of skin), elderly pruritus (itchy skin due to ageing), ichthyosis (abnormal scaly skin), various forms of eczema, dermatitis and other dry skin disorders.
All age groups can use Doublebase Gel, including babies. Doublebase Gel is offered here in a 500ml pump dispenser.
How does Doublebase Gel work?
The active ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate and liquid paraffin, which are known as emollients. They help to:
- soften, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring the normal protective function of the skin.
- prevent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by washing and bathing and by the soaps, foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary cleansing 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.
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.
How to help manage dry skin conditions
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 bath additives (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.
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.