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During the course of management of subsiding acute and subacute dermatoses and dermatitides need has been felt for a paste which could be removed with water rather than with oil. It seemed especially desirable for use between wet dressings and soaks in fairly acute eruptions, for which a lotion was considered too drying.
It is probable that such a preparation has already been described, but a review of many of the popular dermatologic texts and peridoicals has not shown this.
In this investigation a number of water-soluble vehicles were tried, but the combination which has functioned most satisfactorily as a paste and which still can be removed by warm or cool water or solution is the following:
The proportion of emulsion base can be increased or decreased if an alteration of the consistency is desired. Haldane's emulsion base is a pleasant, creamy white water-washable base, produced by several manufacturing pharmacists.
BEIRNE CG, BEIRNE GA. WATER-REMOVABLE PASTE. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(3):370–371. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570090117019
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