My five year old daughter has had eczema since she was born and suffers with very dry skin as well. My GP has prescribed steroid cream for when it was at its worst and also diprobase. However the diprobase didn't seem to be working and she was still really itchy at night and would have terrible dry skin on her legs and arms.
I saw this cream in a supermarket and thought I would give it a go as I have tried oilatum products for my own skin and found them to be good creams.
We started using this cream regularly and my daughters skin has changed dramatically. I dont use it every day and so was surprised that it worked so fast. The cream is really thick but I find it goes a long way. It is in a squeezy bottle which makes it easy to apply (my daughter likes to squeeze it onto my hand). The bottle has some child's drawings on which is attractive to kids and makes it easy to spot when shopping for it.
It is a little bit expensive at around £7 a bottle but one bottle seems to last us around a month so I think it is worth it for the amazing results. (I have heard some GPs prescribe this cream so could ask).
Overall it has really changed my daughters skin. I have tried so many different creams and she has had reactions to them or just not seen much difference. This one actually works.
Unfortunately my little boy suffers from eczema. It flares up now and again and we have tried various creams and lotions and bath solutions that have been prescribed to him by the doctor. When its really bad I use a steroid cream on him but for regular daily use I use Oilatum cream. I like this one and I think it does keep his dry patches at bay and so will continue to use it until such time that hopefully he grows out of it. Its quite nice because I am getting the benefit of it too! I've got really soft hands as I rub it into my little boys skin everyday
The cream we were prescribed comes in a 150g tube and with daily use sparingly, this probably lasts about a month or so which is fine for us as its free. I have seen this on sale in Boots but if I can get it on prescription and don't have to pay for it as he is under 16 then so be it, it saves me some money as I think this is a treatment he will need to stay on for quite a while and it could become costly if I had to pay for it every time. On the back of the tube it says that Oilatum cream is an emollient (softening, soothing agent) used in the treatment of eczema, dermatitis and dry skin including ichthyosis. It will help to moisturise the skin after washing and is suitable for people allergic to lanolin. The cream is white and does not have a smell to it apart from a cream smell if you know what I mean. I like this because there is nothing added to it and no perfumes or smells that could make the eczema worse. The cream includes light liquid paraffin so it is quite thick and has a bit of a sheen to it. When you squeeze a bit out on your hand you can turn your hand upside-down and the cream will stay there, that's how thick it is. When I apply it to my little boys skin you can see that you have applied a cream as it stays on the skin for a whole but after a few minutes it soaks in and any trace is gone. Like I've said above the cream does well for his skin and my hands and I like the smoothing effect it has. All you do with it is apply to the affected area and rub in well and you can use it as much or as little as you want.
On the tube it says it is especially effective if applied immediately after washing to counteract the loss of essential oils from the skin. I always apply it after his bath and I like to use it in conjunction with Oilatum bath which is a liquid paraffin bath oil that also works well on eczema. Definitely a cream recommended if you have bad skin problems.
Most of us were looking after our skin which is very important because It plays a key role in protecting our body. Each one of us have different types of skin some are lucky to have soft and vibrant skin. Unfortunately, there are some who got a sensitive skin and others have persistent skin condition such as dryness, recurring skin rashes, redness, swelling, itching, flaking, blistering, cracking and many more. Some of this symptoms are relatad to eczema, which is a kind of skin desease. This condition are very unpleasant to deal with especially if there's no available cream that suits you. According to one article I read that there is no known cure for eczema, and treatments aim to control the symptoms to reduce inflammation and relieve itching. So my review was all about my quest to find the treatment cream that works for my little one.
Oilatum junior cream has been specifically developed for children and babies itchy dry skin conditions. It was based on the tried and trusted Oilatum Junior bath formulation, The cream is fragrance free, effective yet gentle on sensitive skin. It soothes, softens and rehydrates and suitable use on eczema. It leaves a protective emollient barrier on the skin that helps the skin from drying.
For so many years, I've been using different kinds of treatment cream for my son's sensitive skin and mild eczema. It usually come and go but need a continued use of moisturising cream to ease the dryness and itchiness. I'm totally not satisfied with several cream I used for him. So I tend to change brand quite often to find something better. Our GP had also prescribed him the liquid version of Oilatum junior that can be mixed in water during his bath together with other cream. Even the liquid formulation keep his skin soft, but still leaves certain parts of his body itchy. I really hate seeing him scratching a lot and ends up bleeding. So the search for the right cream goes on!
One weekend we went to ASDA to look for a present for my niece. I'ts quite busy and while were walking on the aisle near the pharmacy I saw those reduced price that were placed on the shelf. So I immediately checked their offer and saw this Oilatum junior cream in a pump dispenser (350ml), not as big as the usual cream I used but I though it will be worth a try. I checked the label and convinced to give it a go.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
Available in Boots, Superdrug, selected Lloyds Pharmacies, Moss Chemists, Tesco and independent pharmacies. Our local tesco does'nt sell this product
but found it on ASDA and paid £4.40 when it was on offer
Amazon also sell it for £7.49 which is more or less same as the other.
DIRECTION TO USE
Use as required especially after washing. Apply with clean hands to affected areas and rub in well. For best result use with Oilatum junior bath formula.
Light liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, PEG monosterate, cetostearyl alcohol,glycerol, potassium sorbate, benzyl alcohol,citric acis monohydrate, povidone K29/32, Purified water.
We are now regularly using it with Oilatum liquid formulation. I usually apply the cream after his bath. The cream is easy to use, easily absorbed and not too thin or watery. It smell fresh and doesn't sting as some creams do. I notice an improvement within a day or two and his skin does'nt easily get dry anymore. It definitely do the job!
I'm really impressed on how effective it was and very glad that I've found it. Oilatum hydrates and keeps the skin soft and moisturize, replenishing oils the skin that can lose when using soaps and detergents. It's suitable for eczema and soothes away discomfort of children itchy dry skin. Definitely well worth the extra money. I highly recommend it to anyone who have any skin problems and still searching for the right treatment cream, as for me I finally found the cream that works!
Thank you for reading ;-D
Oilatum Junior Cream
Oliatum is at the top of the list for Health Visitors and Doctors.
Oilatum helps all dry skin conditions for adults including dermatitis, eczema etc and helps childhood eczema.
~About Adult Eczema~
Most people will suffer from dry/sensitive skin at some point in their life, even if they do not actually suffer from eczema or dermatitis.
Your skin is constantly under attack by exposure to adverse weather conditions, detergents, drying effects of central heating or air conditioning, repeated immersion in water is also a big factor of dry skin conditions. So are using cheap products on the skin.
Skin also tends to become drier as we get older so more protection is needed.
Dry skin condition symptoms include:
Redness, roughness and scaling, soreness, irritation and itching, cracking causing it to bleed.
It can occur all over the body or only in isolated areas.
~About Adult Dermatitis ~
Dermatitis is used to describe a skin condition caused by contact with a material or substance which reacts on the skin to cause irritation and inflammation rubber and nickel are good examples to this.
The reaction is not usually immediate but can be, repeated exposure to the material can cause the reaction to be immediate this way it can be easy to work out what is causing it.
It can also be triggered by perfume, cleaning agents, cosmetics, shampoos etc.
Dermatitis is most often occurs on the hands (knuckle, in-between fingers) which come into contact with the substance, or on the face in the case of shampoos and cosmetics. Obviously if you are able to work out what has caused the skin reaction, you will be able to eliminate it and prevent any recurrence.
~About Childhood Eczema~
Childhood eczema, is sometimes called atopic or infantile eczema. It is a fairly common hereditary condition which affects around one in every eight babies. The skin becomes irritated and inflamed. It feels very itchy, and the child instinctively scratches, which aggravates the condition and can lead to the skin becoming broken and raw causing it to bleed.
Childhood eczema generally first appears between the ages of 6 months and 2 years.
Half of those children who suffer from childhood eczema when they are babies will grow out of it by the time they are six years old, and others by the time they reach their teens. However, it may reappear later in life, especially at times of stress. When this happens, it most commonly occurs on the hands.
Childhood eczema is not caused by an allergy, but can be reacted by grass pollen, house dust mites, household pets, and so on.
Scratching is an instinctive reaction to itching to all of us, and it is particularly hard for babies and children to resist the urge to scratch.
The only effective way to stop a baby scratching is to use cotton mittens, both during the day and in bed at night.
With older children, explain to them how scratching will make the condition worse, not better. Keep their finger nails short and clean minimise any skin damage.
~Where to buy and Price of Product~
If you are pregnant or have a child under the age of 1 you can get Oilatum as a free prescription from your Doctor or Health Visitor.
Or you can buy Oilatum at www.amazon.co.uk
Prices vary as there are different sizes of bottles and tubes. But the prices are not unreasonable.
Oilatum creams/lotions and bath washes come in the same distinctive packaging. A white bottle with the blue logo with Oilatum written on it in the middle.
The packaging is good quality and with the bigger bottles there is a pump dispenser, which can easily be travelled with.
I have used Oilatum in the past to treat my small eczema patches on my face and neck. I used to get them very red, very itchy and inflamed. I couldn't wear makeup to hide it as it would make it look worse.
I would apply a tiny amount in the day and a thicker amount at night and let it do it's job. Literally after twoish days it would look so much better. Smoother and I could apply makeup to hide what was still left there.
When I had my daughter she stated with eczema when she was 6 months old. She was scratching a lot and there we're big red, itchy, dry patches on her stomach that she some times made bleed. I saw the Doctor who gave me another cream and after a 3 weeks of using was doing no good what so ever.
After I was given Oilatum Junior Cream via my Health Visitor and I have not looked back since. I applied it three times a day and I applied it a little more thickly when she went to bed. Within a few days I noticed a huge difference to her skin. The big red patches were shrinking and not looking so angry anymore. Within a week and a bit they we're gone completely.
She still scratches the area and on her legs but they haven't come back as I have kept using the cream.
This cream is brilliant.
~Would I buy again?~
Of course its great.
My eczema story is an odd one, I have always had sensitive skin but last year around October time it turned into Eczema, annoying and where did it come from?? So obviously I have tried lots of lotions and potions and found one brand I trust' Oilatum.
I use the (adult) bath emmolient (as reviewed) and I was just browsing in Boots the other morning and noticed this cream at £2.24 a tube! The bath emollient costs between £9 and £13 a go so a product by them for £2 was too good to miss!
I usually use the bath stuff once or twice a week and then inbetween if my skin gets really bad I use a prescribed steroid cream on the itchy dry bits! I thought this would be kinder to my skin especially as its the childrens version.
The cream is in a 40ml tube inside a white cardboard box with the typical blue Oilatum branding (as seen above) It does look quite clinical but the little scribbly drawing of people livens it up for kids I suppose.
The lid twists off easily and then you can squeeze a small amount onto your finger (or mums finger if you are indeed a child) and rub into problem areas.
A little goes a long way, its a runnier consistency than I expected and spreads out nicely. The runniness also helps the fact that the skin you will be rubbing it into it is irritated, you don't have to rub it hard so therefore irritate it further.
There isn't a lot of info on the box or tube, I am told on both that its for the treatment of eczema and other itchy dry skin conditions. I'm not told how much to use or how often but I presume that means there is no limit.
The cream is 'especially effective if applied immediately after washing to counteract the loss of essential oils from the skin'. So this is what I do.
The cream also relieves itching so keep some in your bag like I have been doing, at work I get hot and my eczema starts to play up. An application of this cools it down and immediately relieves the annoying itch which is just made worse by scratching.
Does it work?
After a week of use my skin is noticeably softer with no dry patches at all! I haven't been using my bath emollient as much either this week as I've just got a new tattoo and didn't want it interfering with it in some way.
So if combined with regular use of bath emollient by Oilatum I'm sure this will give anyone eczema free skin, a cure!
I don't know if £2.24 is full price but I think its a bargain, I hope it isn't reduced as its discontinued. I'll have to stock up I think, the 'use by' date isn't until 2011 so I can buy a few tubes!
I always try to keep my reviews personal rather then too descriptive as I personally benefit from knowing people's personal views on a product rather then the details I can goggle and find.
My daughter suffered from ezcema very badly as I child and I just wish I had discovered this fabulous cream since it began when she was a couple of months old. I tried every cream from the market, whether my gp prescribed it or I would search online and try out each product until a friend recommended to simply try Oilatum Junior cream.
Oilatum tends to come in two or three sizes, 125ml and 500ml and a big 1050ml (which is not available everywhere). The prices for the 125g varies in places such as some pharmacies I see it for £8-£10, but I have noticed Sainsburies sell it for a cheaper price compared to these places. The active ingredients are: Light Liquid Paraffin 6.0%, White Soft Paraffin 15% and it also contains other ingredients and please note it is suitable for people allergic to lanolin.
I know every ezcema suffer is quite individual and for some a product will work and for others it won't. But i do highly recommend this product if you have tried many alternatives and still you find your child's and your own ezcema/dermatitis is uncontrollable. This product is safe and does not contain Hydrocortisone.
There was a time where I was losing the battle in terms of trying to control my little girls ezcema as she would be up at nights and I would at numerious times be horrifed to see blood on her pillow and clothes from all the itching, it didn't matter if I put mittens or gloves on her she would manage to take them off or cry to be taken off. It's awful to see your child suffer in this way and when I began applying this cream I pretty much saw the results practically over night. She would itch less, I gradullay reduced the amount of her hydrocortisone with the advise of the doctor and over time her ezcema could not even be seen. Don't get me wrong she still has outbreaks and times when it flares up if she's ill or there is weather change but now I feel at ease that there a way to ease her discomfort.
Highly recommended to all, i actually love this product, the only negative is the price as it is expensive compared to alternatives such as Aqueous cream.
Just to note this cream can be used as a general moisturiser too.
Oilatum Junior Cream is an emollient cream for eczema and itchy irritating dry skin conditions. It soothes, softens and rehydrates the skin. Is especially beneficial after washing. It's fragrance free and is suitable for children (including babies) and adults alike. It is suitable for use by people allergic to Lanolin.
It comes is various sizes from a 150g squeezy carry with you tube to a whopping 1050g dispenser tub. It was recommended that I use 500g a week on my son with dry skin so as you can imagine I was going through the big tubs quite quickly.
It's a very thick white cream that isn't sticky but it spreads on to the skin well and absorbs very quickly. I litterally lather my son in it before bed and then dress him in his bed clothes over the top of the cream and put him to bed for the cream to absorb. (My theory is the same as hand cream and gloves before bed.)
I have found that it works best with the bath additive although using it alone still has benefits in my opinion.
If the child has a dry skin condtion I would ask for a prescription of the cream as it can get quite expensive without.
This is a very much recommended cream that I will always have in stock. Nice on adults hands too!
Soothe and rehydrate irritating dry skin. For kids with sensitive skin.