Dermol Cream - 500g

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  • Dermol Cream - 500g

Dermol Cream - 500g

  • Medication features

    Dermol Cream is an antimicrobial and emollient (softening and moisturising) treatment

    • Treats dry skin conditions such as Eczema, Dermatitis
    • Can be used as a soap substitute
    • Soothes and protects your skin


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

About Dermol Cream
Dermol Cream is an effective antimicrobial emollient cream used for the treatment of dry, itching skin, eczema, dermatitis and other dry skin conditions. Dermol Cream is useful in moisturising the skin surface and it can be applied to dry skin after washing. Dermol cream can not only be used as a moisturiser but it can also be used as a soap substitute. Dermol cream can also be used even after your symptoms have passed, to help keep future occurrences from happening.

About Eczema
Eczema is a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory skin condition which has symptoms of an itchy red rash, which is often found in skin creases such as the folds of the elbows or behind the knees. Eczema can also have a link to other conditions such as hayfever or asthma and is quite common in children and often involves the scalp and face. Dry skin conditions can be caused by many different factors, including certain temperatures, food sensitivities or stress. Individuals who tend to suffer from dry skin do so due to water loss from the skin and reduced resistance to irritant substances.

General advice on looking after dry skin conditions

  • Emollients help soften, moisturise and protect the skin. They play a central role in the treatment and management of dry skin conditions. For maximum effect, they should be applied regularly and as often as needed.
  • When bathing, try to use warm, not hot, water and avoid staying in the bath for long periods. This could make dry skin conditions worse.
  • Try to avoid using normal soaps or shower products (even those labelled “moisturising”). This is because they tend to dry and irritate the skin. Avoid using products containing fragrances, as these can also cause skin problems. You should try to use a fragrance-free emollient “soap substitute” instead. This type of product will not foam or lather but will be better for your dry skin condition.
  • Breaking the itch-scratch cycle.
    Some dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis are itchy, and can be quite sore. Although scratching relieves the itching for a short while, it further damages the skin. Badly scratched skin easily gets infected. This makes it itchier and the urge to scratch becomes even greater. It is better if scratching can be avoided by reducing the itching. The regular use of emollients or moisturisers can help with this.


  • What is Dermol Cream and what is it used for?

    Dermol Cream is an antimicrobial and emollient (softening and moisturising) treatment for application to dry or problem skin.

    • It is for use in two ways:
      • as a leave-on application
      • as a soap-substitute.
    • It helps treat and prevent dry and itchy (pruritic) skin conditions, especially eczema and dermatitis.
    • All age groups can use Dermol Cream, including babies.
    • There are two types of active ingredient in this product:
      • Benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride are antimicrobials.
        These help to:
        • combat bacteria present on your skin that can make eczema worse
        • prevent infection caused by scratching itchy skin.
      • Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate are emollients which help to:
        • soften, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring the normal protective function of the skin
        • prevent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by washing and bathing and by the soaps, foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary skin cleansing products.
    • This product can be used in addition to any other emollients or treatments your doctor or pharmacist may have given or prescribed for you to treat your dry skin condition.
  • Before using Dermol cream

    Do not use Dermol Cream if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, liquid paraffin, isopropyl myristate, or any of the other ingredients of Dermol Cream listed in Section 6.

    Warnings and precautions

    As with any product, severe generalised allergic reactions (see Section 4) are possible. Very rare reports of such reactions in susceptible individuals, leading to a drop in blood pressure and even to unconsciousness, have been associated with products containing chlorhexidine. You must not use Dermol Cream if you have had problems with chlorhexidine-containing products in the past.

    Do not smoke or go near naked flames – risk of severe burns. Fabric (clothing, bedding, dressings etc) that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not totally remove it.

    Take care when using this product:

    • For patients with very sensitive skin, it is generally a good idea to start any new treatment on a small test area first, in case any side effect occurs (see Section 4 below). This is especially important when treating the face or young children. Thereafter, treatments may be applied more generously, as required.
    • Avoid getting it in the eyes, especially when using it on the face.
    • When used as a soap substitute in the bath or shower the product can make the surface slippery, so be careful to avoid slipping over when getting into and out of your shower or bath (e.g. by using a shower or bath mat).
  • Using during pregnancy and breast-feeding

    This product can be used during pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. The ingredients have been in widespread use in this and similar preparations for many years, without reports of problems. However, safety trials have not been conducted.

  • How do I use Dermol cream

    Use it only on the skin. For maximum benefit you should use it on a regular basis and as often as required.

    Before using the 500 g bottle, turn the top of the pump dispenser anti-clockwise to unlock it. After unlocking, you will need to press down the pump dispenser several times to prime the pump before any product is dispensed.

    The same instructions apply for all age groups:-

    For use as a leave-on application:

    • Apply Dermol Cream to the affected areas.
    • Gently smooth into the skin.
    • If necessary, allow time for any excess to soak in. Do not rub the skin vigorously.
    • Reapply as often as required.
    • If you are applying another treatment to the same areas of skin as Dermol Cream, try to avoid mixing the two products. This can be achieved by applying the treatments alternately, leaving sufficient time to allow the previous application to soak in.

    For use as a soap substitute

    • Use Dermol Cream to wash with instead of your ordinary soap or shower gel. It will not foam or lather like ordinary cosmetic products.
    • After washing, bathing or showering, pat the skin dry with a soft towel (avoid rubbing as this can make dry skin conditions worse).

    If you forget to use Dermol Cream

    Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the product as described the next time you require it.

  • How do I store Dermol cream

    • Keep out of sight and reach of children.
    • Do not use Dermol Cream after the expiry date shown on the container and carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
    • Do not store above 30°C.
    • Always replace the cap after use.
    • In the case of the 500 g bottle, it is advisable to turn the top of the pump dispenser clockwise to lock it.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, Dermol Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

If you experience any of the following reactions stop using Dermol Cream and get urgent medical help: swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat; a sudden uncharacteristic red itchy skin rash (hives) away from the site of application; wheezing or breathing difficulty; feeling faint or dizzy; a strange metallic taste in the mouth; or collapse. You may be having a serious allergic reaction.

This product has been specially designed for use on dry or problem skin areas anywhere on the body. Rarely, Dermol Cream can cause skin reactions on treated areas (involving redness, irritation and/or itching). These very rare skin reactions may become more significant where associated with excessive use as a leave-on application in areas of folded skin such as the groin or in the nappy area.

Stop using this cream and tell your doctor or pharmacist:

  • If your skin condition seems to look or feel worse.
  • If any of the side effects become unacceptable, or you notice any other side effects not mentioned in this leaflet. 

If you swallow Dermol Cream

If you accidentally swallow the product and you then feel unwell, seek medical attention.

Do not attempt to cause vomiting.



Active ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1%, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride 0.1%, Liquid Paraffin 2.5% and Isopropyl Myristate 2.5%

Other ingredients: Cetostearyl Alcohol, Macrogol Cetostearyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerol, Disodium Phosphate Dodecahydrate, Sodium Dihydrogen Phosphate Dihydrate, Purified water.


Do not use in case of known sensitivity to any of the ingredients. Take care to avoid the cream getting into the eyes. If this should occur, rinse the eyes thoroughly with plenty of warm water. Consult a doctor if irritation persists. If a significant quantity of the cream is accidentally swallowed, nausea and vomiting may occur. Serious effects are unlikely, but if there is cause for concern, seek medical attention.