Eucerin Intensive 10% w/w Treatment Cream for Itchy and Flaky Skin - 100ml

Eucerin Intensive 10% w/w Treatment Cream for Itchy and Flaky Skin - 100ml


  • Extra-intensive moisturising cream containing 10% urea
  • Eases itching and irritation of dry and flaky skin
  • Specially formulated to treat dry skin conditions
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Description

Eucerin Intensive Cream contains 10% urea, which is found naturally in the body and helps retain moisture.

In healthy individuals, the presence of urea in the top skin layers helps to keep the skin moisturised by absorbing water from the deeper layers. However, with dryness caused by a skin condition, urea levels in the top skin layers are often greatly reduced. With sebum levels on the surface of the skin also reduced, more moisture evaporates. This leaves the skin dehydrated, flaky, and often cracked and itchy.

Eucerin Intensive Cream works with two actions: the urea and lactate in the cream help the skin trap more moisture and restore hydration levels. Its lipid content also works as an emollient, creating a protective oil layer on the skin surface, which slows the rate of evaporation. These actions help to restore smoothness and suppleness to the skin.

You can use Eucerin Intensive Cream daily to ease redness and itching, and improve skin tension - but only if your skin is intact.

The cream is suitable for use on xeroderma, ichthyosis, atopic eczema, and hyperkeratosis, as well as other skin conditions.

Ingredients

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Directions

Eucerin Intensive Cream should be applied to clean and dry skin twice a day. It should be used sparingly. After drying, following a bath, shower, or washing, gently massage in to the affected areas until absorbed completely.

Precautions

Eucerin Intensive Cream should not be used on skin that is broken or weeping. Use sparingly on affected areas and take care that no cream gets in the eyes. Flush with clean water, in the event of this happening.

Check the ingredients in this product carefully before using it. Avoid use if you have a known hypersensitivity to any ingredient and, should you experience an unexpected reaction, stop using it and see a doctor or pharmacist.

This cream is for external use only. If you are breastfeeding, do not apply the cream to the breasts before feeding, as it might be ingested by the infant.

Children aged three or older can use the cream under strict supervision, but consult a doctor before using on children under this age. Keep all such creams out of children’s reach.

You should avoid applying this cream within 30 minutes of other medicated creams, ointments, and lotions.

Side Effects

Burning, itching, or redness of the skin at the site of application are possible side effects of using Eucerin Intensive Cream. No interactions with other medicinal products have been identified.

Scientific Research

For people with Psoriasis

HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find studies that have examined the benefits of Eucerin Intensive Cream on psoriatic lesions. But, the cream contains urea. In concentrations of 10%, urea can help break down the outer layer of the skin. Furthermore, urea is known also to attract and retain water in the upper skin layer, and may also help maintaining a functional skin barrier in other ways (1).

In dry skin conditions, including psoriasis, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which may be worsening the disease symptoms (2).

Furthermore, the product contains lactic acid, which is a component in the natural moisturising factor in the upper skin layer, that serves to keep this part of the skin well-hydrated, and which has been shown to be decreased in psoriatic lesions compared with healthy skin (3). The light liquid paraffin helps reduce water from evaporating from the skin surface. Water evaporation is increased in psoriatic lesions compared with normal skin (4).

Also, the product contains wool alcohol, which is a component of lanolin (a waxy substance obtained from the wool of sheep). A lanolin/olive oil emollient has been shown to reduce dermatitis in preterm infants when applied for 4 weeks (5).

Another study showed that pure lanolin applied twice daily for four weeks was effective in treating moderate to severe foot dryness (6).

It is important to notice that lanolin may cause contact allergy, and that the wool alcohol is believed to be one of the main sensitisers.

For people with Eczema

HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find studies that have examined the benefits of Eucerin Intensive Cream in atopic dermatitis. However, the product contains urea which is known to attract and retain water in the upper skin layer and may also help to maintain a functional skin barrier in other ways (1). In dry skin conditions, including eczema, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which may be worsening the disease symptoms (2).

The product also contains paraffin which helps reduce water evaporation from the skin surface. Also, the product contains some wool alcohol, which is a component of lanolin (a waxy substance obtained from the wool of sheep). A lanolin/olive oil emollient has been shown to reduce dermatitis in preterm infants when applied for 4 weeks (5).

Another study showed that pure lanolin applied twice daily for four weeks was effective in treating moderate to severe foot dryness (6). It is important to note that lanolin may cause contact allergy, and that the wool alcohol is believed to be one of the main sensitisers.


References

  1. Eur J Dermatol. 2014 Mar-Apr;24(2):194-200
  2. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2003;4(11):771-88
  3. J Dermatol. 2014 Feb;41(2):144-8
  4. Ann Dermatol. 2012 May; 24(2): 168–174
  5. Pediatr Dermatol. 2008 Mar-Apr;25(2):174-8
  6. Cutis. 2003 Jan;71(1):78-82
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