Possible reactions to emollients

Possible reactions to emollients can include:

  • irritant reactions such asan overheating, burning sensation or stinging,usually caused by a reaction to a certain ingredient contained in the cream or lotion
  • folliculitis some emollients can occasionally cause hair follicles to become blocked and inflamed (folliculitis) and cause boils
  • facial rashes some facial emollientsmay cause rashes on the face that can aggravate acne

If you experiencepainful stinging that continues, try a different emollient or speak to your local pharmacist for advice.

You may be able to help prevent folliculitis by applying emollients gently and in the same direction your hair grows.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018