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Oilatum shower gel is a treatment without a prescription for dry skin problems like eczema and dermatitis. It contains light liquid paraffin as an active ingredient that helps the eczema flare-ups to be handled and prevented. Light fluid paraffin is an emollient that works by lubricating and protecting the outside of the skin, mainly from pathogens and bacteria.
How effective is Oilatum Shower Gel?
Oilatum Shower Gel is an effective way of managing and controlling skin irritation, redness, itching and eczema flare-ups. You should adhere to the instructions provided on the leaflet enclosed for effective use of this treatment. You should use this gel regularly even once your condition has improved, to keep the skin smooth and prevent it from drying.
Oilatum Shower Gel does not require a prescription, although you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product.
You can purchase the 150g gel in multipacks (maximum 6) as you may need to use the treatment for a while to treat and protect your skin against drying.
Once purchased the product will be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.
What dose should I choose?
Oilatum Shower Gel is not a prescription treatment but if it recommended by your doctor, use it as per the instructions given. Otherwise check the label and follow the instructions provided in the leaflet enclosed for effective use of the product. Use the gel every time you shower or use the sink to maintain the smoothness, flexibility and protection that the gel affords the skin.
Even when symptoms improve, do not stop treatment, unless your doctor recommends so.
Oilatum Shower Gel is not suitable for infants under the age of six months.
How should I take Oilatum Shower Gel?
With caution to avoid slipping in the shower, wet your skin and wash. Use a small amount of non-foaming Oilatum Shower Gel and rub it gently on your palms before applying liberally on wet skin.
In case you are using the gel on someone else, wet your hands and the patient's skin before coming into contact with the gel.
Rinse with warm water and gently pat the skin dry to finish. Do not rub the skin as this will rub off the treatment leaving your skin prone to dryness and eczema flares.
This gel makes surfaces slippery, therefore, be cautious as you get out of the shower to avoid accidents.
Oilatum Shower Gel is for external use only.
How does Oilatum Shower Gel work?
Oilatum Shower Gel is an emollient that soothes, moisturises and protects the skin against microbes and pathogens as you shower. The gel contains a fragrance-free active ingredient known as light liquid paraffin, which acts as an insulator to prevent moisture from leaving the outer layer of the skin. This action seals the moisture in the skin, and hence taming symptoms such as dryness, irritation, itchiness, redness that lead to eczema and dermatitis.
How long do I use Oilatum Shower Gel for before I notice a difference?
It would be best if you did not stop using Oilatum Shower Gel, even when you notice a difference. This is to keep your skin, moisturised, soft and supple and hence to prevent future eczema flare-ups.
What are the side effects of Oilatum Shower Gel?
The main side effect of using this medication can be an allergic reaction. Hence if you ever experience signs such as inflammation/redness, irritation, skin rash, swelling or itching, after using this treatment, report immediately to your GP or hospital.
You may also consult our specialists at Click Pharmacy should you require any further advice.
When shouldn’t I take Oilatum Shower Gel?
Do not begin this treatment if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients on the product or if you have greasy/oily skin. In case you exhibit an allergic reaction towards the product, stop treatment and contact your doctor immediately.
Take caution when smoking or lighting flames. Oilatum contains highly flammable ingredients, which can ignite quickly once exposed to a naked flame. Therefore, if the gel spills on your clothes or fabric, wash it immediately.
This treatment is not absorbed in the skin, and therefore the gel can be used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. However, in case you are breastfeeding wash the gel off carefully before feeding the baby.
What is the difference between Oilatum Shower Gel and Cetraben and Aqueous Cream?
All of the above treatments are uniquely designed to offer relief and tame symptoms that cause eczema on dry skin.
The three products contain light liquid paraffin as the active ingredient, but it is infused in different strengths.
Oilatum Shower gel contains 70% light liquid paraffin, Cetraben 10.5% while aqueous cream contains 6% liquid paraffin.
Cetraben is available as a moisturiser cream/lotion and hence can be left on skin while aqueous cream can be used as both a moisturiser and a wash-off cleanser. Oilatum Shower Gel should be rinsed off lightly before leaving the shower.
Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.
Content reviewed 06 April 2020, Last updated 06 April 2020