“Petrolatum has an immediate barrier-repairing effect in delipidized stratum corneum.” – American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2003;4(11):771-88. Role of topical emollients and moisturizers in the treatment of dry skin barrier disorders.
- Typically used on dry and/or damaged skin
- Found in ointments and often water-in-oil emulsions or cream emulsions;
- Provides an occlusive barrier that reduces transepidermal water loss;
- Protects irritated inflamed skin from external irritants to promote moisture retention and allow barrier repair