Aqueous cream is a emollient product available outside the U.S. Emollients are often used to treat and protect skin with eczema and psoriasis by trapping moisture in the skin. However, aqueous cream also contains sodium lauryl sulphate, which can be irritating when allowed to sit on the skin of eczema patients, especially children. This ingredient can also cause damaged skin and eventual moisture loss, even in healthy adults, when aqueous cream is used as a leave-on moisturizer. Because of these warnings, it is best to use aqueous cream as a rinse-off cleanser and gentle soap substitute.
Dampen skin slightly with warm water. Pour a half teaspoon of aqueous cream into the palm of your hand. Add a small amount of warm water from the faucet and rub the mixture between your palms.
Spread the aqueous cream/water mixture over your face using a light patting -- not rubbing -- motion. Rubbing can tug and irritate the skin. Avoid your eyes and nostrils and keep the cream away from the inside of your mouth.
Rinse completely and thoroughly with lukewarm water. Any residue left on the skin may be irritating. Lightly pat your skin dry with a soft cloth.
Pat on a moisturizing lotion other than aqueous cream to lock in skin moisture. Do not rub or pull at the skin, as this can cause irritation. If you use a psoriasis treatment, wait 30 minutes after using aqueous cream before you apply.
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If you notice any stinging, burning, redness or irritation when using aqueous cream, rinse immediately with cool water and consult your physician for information on other soap substitutes.