What is Complete Emollient Therapy?
Complete Emollient Therapy or CET is a way of keeping your skin properly moisturised at all times by using a combination of products liberally and frequently. A Complete Emollient Therapy regime helps to support your skin's natural barrier, keeping moisture in and irritants out. Replacing drying soaps with emollient-based cleansers and regularly applying lots of emollient creams helps to keep skin soft and supple.
What do I need for a Complete Emollient Therapy?
A standard CET regime would include an emollient-based cleanser or soap substitute, with regular application of creams or ointments throughout the day. A cream is a soft moisturiser that you can apply any time, all over the body. Ointments are excellent at trapping in moisture, but some people find that they can feel a bit thick and greasy and prefer to use them at night.
How much emollient should I use?
Use as much Hydromol Cream or Hydromol Ointment as you need to cover the whole affected area of skin, and re-apply throughout the day when convenient. For Hydromol Bath & Shower Emollient, add 1-3 capfuls to an 8 inch bath of water for children and adults. For Infants, add ½ to 2 capfuls to a small bath of water. Many people apply creams after their morning shower and again before bed, with as many extra doses in between as they need to feel comfortable. If you use too much emollient, simply wipe off the excess with a tissue - it's better to use too much than not enough. Hydromol Intensive can be used sparingly twice daily.
How long should I follow a Complete Emollient Therapy regime?
It is important not to suddenly stop your CET regime once your symptoms seem to be improving, as they can quickly get worse again. For dry skin conditions including eczema and icthyosis it can be maintained for as long as required.