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Barrier Cream or Emollient: Which is Better for Lichen Sclerosus

Barrier Cream or Emollient: Which is Better for Lichen Sclerosus


For today’s video, I discuss the difference between barrier creams, emollients, balms, and salves and which option is best for lichen sclerosus.

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Timestamps for Barrier Cream or Emollient: Which is Better for Lichen Sclerosus

0:00 – Introduction

1:44 – Why are barrier creams and emollients so important for lichen sclerosus

4:12 – What are emollients

10:49 – What are barrier creams

16:26 – What about balms and salves

22:33 – Comparison of each product and what they do

24:20 – Do these products stain your underwear and clothing

25:34 – How often do you need to use these products + my routine

27:47 – Can you use these products with steroids?

29:48 – The importance of patch testing – do not skip this step

33:05 – Outro

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  • Kerry

    I love my “OzWellness Emu Oil Skin Repair Cream” which is more a balm and contains Emu Oil, Beeswax, Himalayan Rock Salt, Camel Oil, Rosemary Oil, Colloidal Silver – no nasties and they ship overseas – I only need it once a day

  • Susan

    I have just searched on the internet for a cream/balm and came across a cream called Emaud. It is quite expensive and wondering if it’s a scam or if any of our members have tried it. However I will continue looking. I have watched the video and will try a cream in addition to my prescription.
    Jaclyn, your videos and blogs are so helpful. Thank you

    • Jaclyn Lanthier

      I don’t use it because I cannot afford it. Any barrier or emollient is meant as an add-on to your primary treatment and is not meant to be the primary treatment. I know folks who love EmuAid and others that don’t like it, but I can’t speak from experience because I have never tried it.

    • Kerry

      I bought it and yes way too expensive .. plus I had to apply it twice a day. The best barrier ointment value for money is Epaderm. It’s thick. My fave general use daily salve is Oz Wellness Emu Oil skin repair cream (not cream but salve). Emu oil is good stuff.

  • Laura

    So, my question is if you are using a barrier cream as an add on to regular treatment of LS using a steroid ointment, doesn’t it prevent the steroid ointments from being absorbed into the skin? If these other ointments, like Epaderm act as barriers, don’t they build up on skin? Would you have to wipe it off first before using the steroid ointment?

    • Jaclyn Lanthier

      Great question. It is safe to use barrier creams in conjunction with your steroids. In fact, your steroid medication comes with a built-in barrier cream. For example, Clobetasol the medication is in a base of petroleum jelly, which is a common barrier cream. It is the petroleum jelly/base ingredients that allows the medication to be delivered where it needs to be (through multiple layers of the vulvar tissue). LS specialists have even OK’d people to apply their steroid and cut it with more barrier cream if that feels better for the skin. Either way, it is recommended to soak in a bath/sitz bath for 15-20 minutes before applying your steroid, so if you’re worried about barrier cream on your skin, it would wash off before anyway. With love,

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