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What is Doublebase Emollient GEL?

Doublebase Emollient Gel is a highly moisturising emollient GEL that effectively manages dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis.

  • Doublebase Emollient Gel offers an alternative to traditional emollient ointments and creams
  • The innovative gel formulation softens, moisturises and protects dry skin, without irritants such as SLS, perfumes or parabens
  • Clinically proven to provide effective protection against dryness
Doublebase Emollient Gel Products

How does Doublebase Emollient GEL differ
from traditional emollient formulations?


Based on oils or fats alone e.g. white soft paraffin

Oils and fats remain unabsorbed on the skin surface and, although having good emollient characteristics, can be unpopular with patients as the greasy residue feels uncomfortable and soils clothing.

Creams and Lotions

Creams and lotions:
Emulsions of oil and water

Emulsified oils/fats are absorbed into the surface layers of the skin – making them more cosmetically acceptable than ointments. However, the presence of the emulsifier means that they are more prone to inadvertent removal by water (e.g. by sweating or washing). This means frequent reapplication is needed.

Doublebase Emollient Gel

Doublebase Emollient Gel:
Oil and water emulsion in a gel

The emollient gel formulation enhances cosmetic acceptability and behaves differently on the skin compared with conventional creams and lotions. The gel is easily absorbed into the skin, making it cosmetically acceptable. Salts in the skin break down the gel formulation in the surface layers, causing irreversible separation of the oil phase within the stratum corneum. As the oils are no longer readily redispersible in water, they provide prolonged protection against dryness even after gentle washing.

The humectant glycerol helps retain residual water from the gel formulation and reduces evaporation of water through the skin.

Why recommend Doublebase
Emollient GEL?

Proven effective moisturisation

In a clinical trial, 88% of patients rated the reduction in dryness and itching effect (of the Doublebase Emollient Gel formulation) as ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ or ‘Satisfactory’1

Reduction in Dryness and Itching Graph

When used over multiple applications, the Doublebase Emollient Gel formulation provided a highly statistically significant increase in skin hydration compared to two cream emollients.1

Patient choice for cosmetic acceptability

In a patient preference study*, children with atopic eczema were given a free choice of 7 different emollients.

Kids choosing Doublebase Emollient Gel

The Doublebase Emollient Gel formulation was most commonly selected as the preferred choice of emollient.2

  1. Wynne A et al. An effective, cosmetically acceptable, novel hydro-gel emollient for the management of dry skin conditions. Journal of Dermatological Treatment 2002;13(2):61-66.
  2. Aslam A. Empowering children to select their own emollients. Dermatological Nursing 2009;8(4):1-5.
    *Study carried out in the United Kingdom.

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The Quick Start Guide to Using Applied Emollients

Doublebase Emollient Gel – available to recommend to patients with dry skin or conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis.

Who are Dermal?

Did you know, Dermal, the makers of Doublebase Emollient Gel, have been making dermatological treatments for use in Ireland for over 30 years? Click below to find out more about the company.

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