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Oilatum Bath Additive

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Treatment Information

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What is Oilatum bath?

Oilatum is a bath additive (similarly to a bubble bath solution) which is intended to treat dry skin in those who suffer from conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.

There are a number of symptoms of eczema, including:

  • Itchy patches of skin
  • Rash or redness at the site of the itch
  • Soreness or stinging
  • White flakes of skin

The condition can affect any area of skin in any capacity - some people may experience small patches on the arms or legs, while others may experience widespread dry skin which can cause symptoms to a full-body rash.

Eczema is common in places such as:

  • Buttocks
  • Ears
  • Elbows
  • Face
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Knees

The symptoms may not be present all the time but may worsen or flare-up occasionally.

Oilatum is available to order online from Prescription Doctor's UK pharmacy. We offer a fast and discreet next-day delivery on orders approved before 3pm.

How does Oilatum bath work?

Oilatum contains a light liquid paraffin (refined mineral oil). This substance fortifies the natural barrier in the skin that is responsible for retaining moisture when applied to the skin.

This keeps the skin hydrated.

How do I use Oilatum bath?

Oilatum bath can be used in two ways.

The intended method of use is by adding 1 to 3 capfuls of Oilatum to an 8-inch bath of water.

Bathe for 10 to 20 minutes.

If you have a shower or a wash, rather than a bath, you can use Oilatum similar to a soap or shower gel. Apply a small amount of Oilatum to wet skin when washing. Rinse and pat dry.

Always use Oilatum with water.

Do not apply undiluted Oilatum to the skin.

After washing, it is important to dry your skin by dabbing with a dry towel. Avoid rubbing as this can rub the oil off your skin and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.

Oilatum side effects and cautions

Before you use Oilatum emollient, you must read the patient information leaflet.

All medicines have the potential of causing side effects, though not everybody gets them. Understanding the side effects associated with your medicine, and what to do if you experience them, is vital to your care.

Possible side effects of Oilatum include:

  • Irritation
  • Rash

If you experience any side effects, whether they are listed above or on the label, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

How to stay safe while using Oilatum?

Warning: Liquid paraffin is highly flammable. Surfaces that have come into contact with Oilatum must be kept away from naked flames and cigarettes. This includes - but is not limited to - clothing, bedsheets and towels.

Oilatum can make surfaces slippery. Take extra care when getting in and out of your bath to avoid injury.

Avoid getting the solution in your eyes. If the solution comes into contact with your eyes, immediately rinse your eyes and consult your doctor.


Do not use Oilatum if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. A list of ingredients can be found below. The list of excipients can be found on the label. 

If you experience an allergic reaction after using Oilatum, stop using it and seek immediate medical attention. Go 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 have taken.

Other safety information

Always read the enclosed patient information leaflet before you start using Oilatum.

Do not use Oilatum past the expiry date printed on the packaging.

Always store Oilatum out of the sight and reach of children.

Never share your medicines with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition.

Frequently asked questions about Oilatum

Will Oilatum affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Oilatum should not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.

However, if you accidentally get Oilatum in your eyes, it may cause blurred vision. If you do accidentally get Oilatum in your eyes, do not drive or operate machinery until you feel safe to do so.

Can I drink alcohol while using Oilatum?

Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while using Oilatum.

If alcohol makes your eczema worse, you might benefit from avoiding alcohol.

Can I use Oilatum while pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is considered safe to use Oilatum while pregnant.

Breastfeeding mothers should take care when using Oilatum. Ensure there is no residual product left on the breast area before feeding your baby

Can I use Oilatum with other skincare products?

You can use Oilatum emollient alongside other skincare products.

Speak to your doctor for advice on how Oilatum emollient may affect medicated creams and gels. You may need to apply these products before or after using Oilatum.

What are the ingredients of Oilatum bath?

Oilatum contains light liquid paraffin BP 63.4% w/w, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohols, Isopropyl Palmitate, Macrogol 400 Dilauate, Macrogol Ester, Fragrance.


Thornton & Ross Ltd, 2020. Oilatum Emollient: Summary of Product Characteristics.

NHS, 2020. Emollients.

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Treatment information

  • Product Name: Oilatum bath
  • Manufacturer: Thornton & Ross Ltd
  • Active Ingredient(s): Light liquid paraffin
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Liquid bath additive
  • Available Strength: 63.4% w/w
  • Exemption: General sales licence
  • Application: Men and women over 18+
  • Dosage: 1 to 3 capfuls in an 8 inch (ca. 20 cm) bath. Bathe for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Description: Oilatum bath is an emollient which fortifies the protective layer of skin which retains moisture.
  • Drug Class: Emollient
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Oilatum bath
  • When Breastfeeding: Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding before using Oilatum bath
  • Price: 9.99 GBP
Click here to view the Oilatum Bath Additive - 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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