Therapeutic AreaFormulary ChoicesCost for 28
(unless otherwise stated)
Rationale for decision / comments
13.2.1.1 Emollient bath additives and shower preparations
Emollient bath preparationsBased on current evidence bath emollients may offer little or no benefit.
People who use them instead of directly applied emollients will unknowingly have substandard emollient therapy.
First-line:

1st option
Green crossLPL 63.4® - suitable for self-care£3.10 (500ml bottle)Liquid paraffin light 63.4%
Potential sensitisers: lanolin/derivatives and isopropyl palmitate
2nd optionGreen crossDermalo® - suitable for self-care£3.44 (500ml bottle)

Liquid Paraffin 65.0% w/w; Acetylated Wool Alcohols 5.0% w/w
Potential sensitiser: lanolin/derivatives
Second-line

1st option
Green crossAquamax wash® - suitable for self-care£2.99 (250g tube)Non-foaming soap substitute. SLS & lanolin free.
White soft paraffin 20%, liquid paraffin 8%
Potential sensitisers: cetyl/cetostesaryl/stearyl alcohol, and phenoxyethanol
2nd optionsGreen crossHydromol® - suitable for self-care£4.42 (500ml)
£8.80 (1 litre)
Light Liquid Paraffin BP 37.80%, Isopropyl Myristate BP 13.00%
Potential sensitisers: none listed
Green crossQV® - suitable for self-careBath oil: £4.71 (500ml)
Gentle wash: £5.24 (500ml)
Liquid paraffin light 85.09%
Potential sensitiser: hydroxybenzoates (parabens)
Green crossZeroneum bath oil - suitable for self-care£4.48 (500ml)Soya bean oil, refined 83.35% w/w.
Potential sensitisers: fragrances, propylene glycol and butylated hydroxytoluene
Emollient bath / shower preparations containing antimicrobialsUse preparations with antimicrobials only if infection present or strongly suspected. Routine use should be avoided.
Dermol 200® shower emollient£3.55 (200ml)Benzalkonium chloride 0.1%, Chlorhexidine hydrochloride 0.1%,
Isopropyl myristate 2.5%, Liquid paraffin 2.5%
Potential sensitisers: cetyl/cetostesaryl/stearyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride and phenoxyethanol
Dermol 600® bath emollient£7.55 (600ml) Liquid Paraffin 25.0% w/w; Isopropyl Myristate 25.0% w/w; Benzalkonium Chloride 0.5% w/w
Potential sensitisers: cetyl/cetostesaryl/stearyl alcohol, and phenoxyethanol
Dermol® wash emulsion£3.55 (200ml)Benzalkonium chloride 0.1%, Chlorhexidine hydrochloride 0.1%,
Isopropyl myristate 2.5%, Liquid paraffin 2.5%
Potential sensitisers: cetyl/cetostesaryl/stearyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride, and phenoxyethanol
Emulsiderm liquid emulsion®£3.85 (300ml)
£12.00 (1000ml)
Liquid Paraffin 25.0% w/w; Isopropyl Myristate 25.0% w/w; Benzalkonium Chloride 0.5% w/w
Potential sensitisers: benzalkonium chloride and sorbic acid/sorbates
Oilatum Plus® bath additive£6.98 (500ml)Light liquid paraffin 52.5% w/w, triclosan 2% w/w, benzalkonium chloride 50% solution 12.0% w/w (equivalent to 6% benzalkonium chloride)
Potential sensitisers: lanolin/derivatives, benzalkonium chloride and triclosan
Zerolatum Plus® bath additive£4.79 (500ml)Light Liquid Paraffin 51.66% w/w, Benzalkonium Chloride 6% w/w, Triclosan 2% w/w.