Uses of Dimethicone

This medication is used as a moisturizer to treat or protect against dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and mild skin irritations (e.g., diaper rash, skin burns from radiation therapy). Emollients are materials that make softer and hydrate the skin and decrease itching and flaking. A few products (e.g., zinc oxide, white petrolatum) are used mainly to protect the skin against irritation (e.g., from wetness).

Dry skin is caused by a loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients/moisturizers work by creating an oily coating on the top of the skin which contains water in the skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil and dimethicone are common emollients. Humectants, such as glycerin, lecithin, as well as propylene glycol, draw water into the outer layer of skin. Numerous products also have ingredients that make softer the horny chemical (keratin) that holds the top layer of skin cells together (e.g., urea, alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic/citric/glycolic acid, and allantoin). This helps the dead skin cells fall off,  the skin keep in more water, and leaves the skin feeling smoother and much softer.

How to use dimethicone

Use this product as guided. Many products require priming prior to use. Follow all instructions on the product package. If you are unsure about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Several products need to be shaken prior to use. Check the label to see if you should shake the bottle well before using. Apply to the affected areas of the skin as needed or as directed on the label or by your doctor. How often you apply the medicine will depend on the product and your skin condition. To treat dry hands, you may need to use the product every time you wash your hands, applying it throughout the day.

If you are using this product to help treat diaper rash, thoroughly clean the diaper area well before use and allow the area (blank) dry before applying the product.

If you are using this product to help treat radiation skin burns, check with radiation personnel to see if your product can be applied before radiation therapy.

Follow all the instructions on the label for proper use. Apply to the skin only. Stay away from sensitive places such as your eyes, inside your mouth/nose, and the vaginal/groin area, except if the label or your doctor directs you otherwise. Check the label for instructions about any areas or types of skin where you should not apply the product (e.g., on the face, any areas of broken/chapped/cut/irritated/scraped skin, or on a recently shaved area of the skin). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Use this medication on a regular basis to get the most benefit from it. The majority of moisturizers require water to work well. Apply the product after bathing/showering while the skin is still damp. For very dry skin, your doctor may advise you to soak the area before using the product. Long, hot, or frequent bathing/washing can aggravate dry skin.

If your problem continues or gets worse, or if you consider you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Side Effects

Most emollients can be used safely and properly with no side effects. However, burning, stinging, inflammation, or irritation may occur. If any of these effects continue or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If your doctor has recommended this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have significant side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects happen: uncommon changes in the skin (e.g., turning white/soft/soggy from too much wetness), signs of skin infection.
A very severe allergic reaction to this drug is rare. Even so, get immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, difficulties breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed previously mentioned, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of the components in the product; or if you have any additional allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can trigger allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Should you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: skin cuts/infections/sores.

Some elements (e.g., preservatives, fragrance) may make you more sensitive to the sun. Examine the label for any safety measures or ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need to take any specific measures when in the sun. Your doctor/pharmacist may suggest using a sunscreen, wearing protective clothing when outside, and avoiding extented sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps.

Some products might aggravate acne. If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, look for the word “non-comedogenic” (will not clog pores) on the label. Many products may stain/discolor clothing. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

It is not well-known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding, especially if you are applying this product to the breast area.

Interactions

If you are using this product under your doctor’s direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of possible medicine interactions and may be checking you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before reviewing with your doctor or pharmacist first.

If your doctor has instructed you to use this product, or if you use any prescribed product on the skin, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, including other skin care products.

Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Overdose

This medication may be dangerous if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or even emergency room right away.

Notes

Some ways to help avoid dry skin include using lukewarm (not hot) water when bathing, taking baths/showers less often (e.g., every 1-2 days), keeping baths/showers short, and using a humidifier when the air is very dry.

There are many types of emollient products accessible. A few contain fragrance or other ingredients that some people may be sensitive to. Emollients are available in different forms such as oils, creams, lotions, or sprays. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the product that may be best for you.

Missed dose

If you are using this product on a regular routine and miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. Do not use more product or use it more often than directed to catch up.

Storage

Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions regarding storage, ask your pharmacist. Keep all drug products away from children as well as pets.

Do not store the foam container close to high heat (more than 120 degrees F/49 degrees C), and do not store or use it near an open flame. Because foam canisters are under pressure, do not puncture or burn the container.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer necessary. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to properly dispose of your product.