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Doublebase Bath Emollient

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Bath Additive 65%w/w
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What is Doublebase bath additive bath?

Doublebase bath additive bath is an emollient used to treat dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.

When used regularly, Doublebase bath additive keeps your skin moisturised, and prevents dry skin conditions.

For those who don't have a bath, Dermal Laboratories also makes Doublebase Shower Gel which comes in a 200ml bottle with a hook on the top for hanging in your shower.

With Prescription Doctor's online pharmacy, you can order Doublebase bath emollient online and have it delivered to your door tomorrow.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a common skin condition which makes your skin dry, itchy, and sometimes red and painful. The condition can be isolated to a specific area of skin, such as behind the knees, inner areas of the elbows or on the hands and feet, and it can also be widespread across the entire body.

Scratching eczema on your skin can make the condition worse, as the skin may break, causing an opening for bacteria infestation, which can lead to infections.

What causes Eczema?

Eczema develops when the outermost layer of your skin does not retain moisture effectively. This causes the skin to dry out and flake.

Eczema can affect people of all ages, but there are some risk factors or triggers that may cause some people to develop the condition more than others. Examples of such risk factors are:

  • Irritants – washing and cleaning products
  • Environmental allergies – Cold, dry weather, seasonal allergies or dust mites
  • Clothing allergy – wool or synthetic fibres
  • Heat and sweat
  • Stress – stress from work or other life challenges could trigger eczema in some people
  • Hormonal changes in women – just before menstruation or during pregnancy

How does Doublebase bath additive bath work?

Doublebase bath additive bath contains three main ingredients - Liquid paraffin, Isopropyl myristate and Benzalkonium chloride.

Liquid paraffin and Isopropyl myristate help to moisturise the skin by fortifying the natural protective layer of the skin. They can also prevent irritation and drying which can occur with certain soaps, fragrances and other products used on the skin.

Benzalkonium chloride is an antiseptic which attacks bacteria and other microorganisms, and prevents them from infecting broken or damaged skin.

Together, the active ingredients of Doublebase bath additive bath prevent the skin from drying out and reduce the risk of bacterial infections.

How do I use Doublebase bath additive bath?

For adults with dry skin, Doublebase bath additive bath emollient should be used every time you take a bath, in the following steps:

  1. Shake the bottle before every use.
  2. Add 1 and ½ to 2 cupfuls (20mls) of Doublebase bath additive to warm, but not too hot, bath water.
  3. Use a soft sponge to cover the affected areas of your skin with the bath water.
  4. Bathe for around 10 to 20 minutes, ensuring you cover the affected area with the bath water.
  5. When finished, carefully climb out of the bath. Doublebase bath additive may make the bath slippery, so take extra care.
  6. Using a clean, dry towel, pat yourself down. Avoid rubbing yourself dry as this can worsen your dry skin symptoms or wash the emollient off your skin.

When using Doublebase bath additive bath, avoid staying in bath water for too long as this can wash away your skins natural oils, which can worsen your dry skin.

What should I do if I forget to use Doublebase bath additive when I should?

If you forget to use Doublebase bath additive bath when you should, use it as you normally would the next time you have a bath.

What should I do if I accidentally ingest some of the Doublebase bath additive bath?

If you accidentally ingest some Doublebase bath additive bath and feel unwell afterwards, seek emergency medical attention. If it gets into your eyes, rinse thoroughly with plenty of water and seek medical advice if the irritation persists in your eyes.

Side effects and cautions of using Doublebase bath additive bath

Before you use Doublebase bath additive, you must read the enclosed patient information leaflet.

You can read the patient information leaflet for Doublebase bath additive online.

Side effects

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody gets them. It’s important to make yourself aware of the risks associated with your medicine before using it.

You can find more information about the side effects and cautions of using Doublebase bath additive bath in the information leaflet that comes with your product package.

You can also find the list of ingredients in Doublebase bath additive bath in the information leaflet. Do not use Doublebase bath additive bath if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed on the label of the package.

Some side effects of using Doublebase bath additive bath may include:

  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Redness

This is not a complete list of side effects associated with Doublebase. A full list of side effects can be found within the patient information leaflet.

If you experience any of the above side effects, stop using Doublebase bath additive bath and speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.


Do not use Doublebase bath emollient if you are allergic to liquid paraffin or any of the other ingredients listed in the accompanying leaflet or on the side of the bottle.

If you experience an allergic reaction after using Doublebase bath emollient, stop using it. Seek emergency medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you, so that doctors treating you know exactly what you used.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You can use Doublebase during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

If you have any concerns about the use of Doublebase during pregnancy or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

Other safety information

If you are unsure whether Doublebase emollient is safe for you, you can send a message to one of our online doctors.

Please inform our medical team of all medicines you are currently taking, including health supplements.

Do not use Doublebase bath additive past the expiry date printed on the packaging.

Always store medicine out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.

Frequently asked questions about Doublebase bath additive bath

Can I use Doublebase bath additive bath while pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is considered safe to use Doublebase bath additive bath while pregnant and breastfeeding. Though safety trials have not been carried out, the ingredients have been used in similar products used by this population group for many years, without reports of problems.

Can I use Doublebase bath additive bath with other products for dry skin?

It is considered safe to use Doublebase bath additive bath with other products which your doctor or pharmacist may prescribe for your dry skin. You can also use other wash products, such as shower gels and shampoos, with Doublebase bath additive.

Some soaps and bath products can irritate your skin or make your symptoms worse. Speak to a pharmacist about safer bath products which are unlikely to affect your dry skin condition.

Can I use Doublebase bath additive in the shower?

Doublebase bath emollient should only be used in the bath.

However, Doublebase is also available as a shower gel. Speak to your pharmacist about the variations.

How long does a bottle of Doublebase bath emollient last?

A single bottle of Doublebase should last 25 baths. Depending on how often you bathe will affect how long the botle lasts.


Treatment information

  • Product Name: Dermol bath
  • Manufacturer: Dermal laboratories
  • Active Ingredient(s): Liquid paraffin, Isopropyl myristate, Benzalkonium chloride
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Bath additive
  • Available Strength: Liquid paraffin (25%), Isopropul myristate (25%) and Benzalkonium chloride (0.5%)
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Application: Men and women over 18
  • Dosage: Apply one and a half capfuls to a warm but not hot bath and bathe for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Description: Dermol is a bath additive which is indicated for people with dry skin problems such as eczema
  • Drug Class: Emollient
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Inform our prescriber if you are pregnant before using Dermol
  • When Breastfeeding: Inform our prescriber if you are breastfeeding before using Dermol
  • Price: 9.99 GBP
Click here to view the Doublebase Bath Emollient - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored & Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Published on: 20/03/2019 Reviewed on: 13/03/2024

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