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Dr. Mamelak is moving!

In Accordance with §165.5 of the Texas Administrative Code, Dr. Mamelak is informing all patients that he is leaving Sanova Dermatology. His last day in the clinic will be May 10, 2024.

Scales, cracks, fissures and itching.

If you’ve ever struggled with dry skin, you know how uncomfortable this problem can be. One of the best ways to find relief is by using emollients. Perhaps you’re not really sure what’s meant by the term “emollients“. Simply put, these are creams, lotions, and ointments used for oiling skin so that it’s moist and flexible. Emollients are also used as a daily treatment for people who have eczema and psoriasis. Here’s what you need to know about emollients and how they can relieve chronic, dry skin.

Emollients vs. Moisturizers

Although many people think emollients are the same thing as moisturizers, they’re different. Usually, an emollient pertains to a certain ingredient that’s found within a finished moisturizer. That is, an emollient is just one ingredient, while a moisturizer is a final product, composed of many ingredients, including a few emollients.

How Do Emollients Work

Emollients act as plasticizers for your skin. In addition to helping your skin hold water, emollients also moisturize your dry skin and relieve itching. What’s more, they soften cracks and reduce scaling. Furthermore, emollients let other types of topical skin treatments reach your skin.

Emollients have a triple function, serving as a humectant, occulder and lubricant.

As a result of these three properties, your skin cells are able to repair and heal, maintaining a healthy skin function.

Emollients for Specific Skin Diseases

Medicated emollients contain certain medicated formulas for treating particular skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis. Eczema is a chronic skin condition where the affected skin becomes inflamed, dry, red, cracked and itchy. Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin disease where patients develop thick, flaky, red skin plaques on the body.

Considerations When Using Emollients

For additional questions about skin care and all your skin conditions, contact Dr. Mamelak today.