Trade for prosperity

Emollients are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate it. They cover the skin with a protective film to trap in moisture. Emollients are often used to help manage dry, itchy or scaly skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis, and they help prevent patches of inflammation and flare-ups of these conditions.1

There are many different types of emollient products available and Galen has a product for every dry skin condition:

  • ExoCream® is a simple emollient that is suitable for all ages, including infants.2
  • MiclaroTM Oat Cream and MiclaroTM Oat Lotion provides an oatmeal based alternative. They are both designed for dry and sensitive skin and are suitable for all ages, including children over 3 months old.3,4
  • MyribaseTM Gel is great if you have dry or chapped skin.5
  • MyribaseTM Emollient Shower Gel is an effective emollient soap substitute that won’t dry out the skin.6
  • DermiparTM Ointment is a protective hydrating emollient for the relief of dry skin conditions.7

Ideally, emollients should be applied at least three or four times a day in order to keep your skin well moisturised and in good condition. It is especially important to regularly apply an emollient to the hands and face areas as they’re exposed to the elements more than other parts of the body.1


You can buy emollients from a pharmacy without a prescription. Galen’s emollient products are available from:


If the skin condition is severe, talk to a pharmacist, GP, nurse or health visitor, as you may need a stronger treatment. You should also talk to a pharmacist, GP, nurse or health visitor if you suffer a skin reaction, such as a burning or stinging sensation or a rash.


  1. Last accessed March 2021.
  2. ExoCream® Instruction for use. December 2019.
  3. MiclaroTMOat Cream Instruction for use. September 2019.
  4. MiclaroTMOat Lotion Instruction for use. September 2019.
  5. MyribaseTMGel Instruction for use. December 2019.
  6. MyribaseTMEmollient Shower Gel Instruction for use. September 2018.
DermiparTM Ointment Instruction for use. June 2019.

About the NPA

Who we are The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) is the voice of independent community pharmacies across the UK and a key provider of services to…


What is Berocca? Berocca is the UK’s no. 1 energy vitamin*, helping you to stay on top form, every day. Simply drop a Berocca tablet…

Our award-winning app gives you the tools you need to understand your health and take the next step – whether that’s seeing a doctor, managing…


Infant Our Infant range provides general pain and fever relief, gentle enough for most babies as young as 2 months. It starts to work on…