b. Lubricating Agents. Both surgical lubricant (K-Y Jelly) and petrolatum
(Vaseline Petroleum Jelly) are used as lubricating agents.
c. Topically Applied Drugs. These medications may seem somewhat basic
and unimportant. They do, however, often provide beneficial relief from local skin
irritations and discomfort. They also prevent the development of more serious skin
Dermatologic drugs are targeted directly to the problems of the skin in contrast to
other drugs that sometimes act at sites remote from the actual problem. Since skin
function is vital to an individual's survival and appearance, proper uses of these drugs
are important to the patient's health and emotional well-being.