My little boy had really bad eczema on his face. Thankfully its the only place where he had it but it still looked really red and dry and painful. I had taken him to the doctors who had actually prescribed some Aquabase cream for him but this really did not seem to be doing much. After talking to some friends with babies who went through similar with their little ones they suggested I try some regular E45 cream that you can just buy off the shelves without prescription in Boots. They said it had worked really well and so I was hopeful to try it, anything really that would get rid of his eczema. I didn't really want to use steroids or strong medicine on his face and liked the fact that E45 is such a simple pure product so armed with this information I started him on a whole all over body E45 cream treatment.
One of the products I bought was the E45 emollient cream wash. I had been using a baby bath product but thought this might of been one of the triggers of his eczema so decided to cut this out and use this simple body wash in his bath. I wanted to be able to cleanse his skin firstly in the bath before I put cream on his face so thought this would be a good way of doing it. According to the packaging, E45 Emollient Wash Cream is an emollient soap-substitute clinically proven to wash dry, itchy skin conditions.E45 Emollient Wash Cream is recommended by Dermatologists for washing more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and icthyosis. It is soap free, detergent free and perfume free and is dermatologically tested.
The wash comes in a bottle with a pump action at the top which I find really helpful because as I am holding my little boy in the bath I can pump this with the other hand and put it onto his body quite easily. The wash is interesting as its not like a normal body wash we would use in the bath or shower, it's more like a cream which doesn't really lather up, I just rub it over my little boys body and he always feels quite fresh and clean after using it. THe wash is a white colour and like I've said above more in the form of a cream. It has no fragrance or perfume to it which I like as it is simpler that way.
I am really pleased with the results I have had with this wash cream, it seems to really clean his little body and is really gentle and the eczema on his face has definitely improved so I will continue to use this in his bath for the foreseeable future.
A 250ml bottle costs £5.49 so it is fairly expensive but I only need to use a little at a time and haven't used a whole bottle yet in the last month or so so it lasts quite a while and is a product I definitely recommend.
I've suffered from eczema and dry skin since I was about fifteen, so five years. Eczema is a horrible skin condition which leaves my skin inflamed, sore, dry and at the times when it flares up it is incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. I was prescribed medication for my eczema when I was younger on a repeat prescrition which was E45 cream and hydrocortisone (steroid cream) which seemed to do the job in keeping my eczema at bay and when it did appear it soon sorted it out. I wasn't able to use steroid cream during my pregnancy though and this was when my skin started going a bit mental and dry patches sprouted all over my ankles and wrists, which soon became itchy and sore. I was in desperate need of something to help soothe it and aid in healing it, and E45 cream alone simply wasn't enough.
I'm a member of a staff shop as my ex boyfriend let me keep the membership card, and they have a huge variety of stuff (food, makeup, etc) at very cheap prices. Me and my mum pop in there regulary and I picked this up from there around 4 months ago now. I got the 250ml bottle and paid around £3.50 for it which is a little cheaper than the RRP which ranges from £4-£6. It can be purchased from chemists, supermarkets and online - i'm pretty sure Amazon sell it although it's quite bulky so probably best to buy it from a shop to save on postage! As far as I know this particuar cream is only available in the 250ml size, and E45 have a huge range of other lotions and potions too.
This emollient wash has a blend of mineral oils, which is a common ingredient in moisturising creams. The mineral oils prevent water loss from the skin and stop it from drying out. They do this by creating a barrier over the skin and locking the moisture in. This oil is slowly absorbed and aids in healing wounded skin. Another ingredient is zinc oxcide, which is an amazing product to use on sore and irritated skin as it heals skin really well and pretty quickly too. Cetyl dimeticone is another ingredient. I'd never heard of this before but after a quick check on Google I can see that it's a synthetic silicon-based polymer which helps keep skin feeling soft and silky.
The cream has been clinically proven to cleanse, moisturise and relieve itchy and dry skin, and it is suitable for quite a wide range of skin conditions such aseczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and icthyosis. It could also be used if you simply have dry skin, and you don't need a prescription to be able to get it which is good. The cream has been dermatologically tested and allergy screened.
The cream comes in quite a sqaure shaped bottle with a pump dispenser on the top. The dispenser pump is easy to use and it twists around meaning it opens and closes when I twist it in a certian way. The packaging colour scheme is quite basic - blue and white and it has the usual E45 branding, along with a large E45 logo. The bottle is made of sturdy plastic and is easy to use. In my opinion it's more attractive than a tub and it's also easier to use. It doesn't look out of place in my bathroom at all and even when I have it in my bedroom it merges in well with my other moisturisers etc; it doesn't look like a medicinal product if that makes sense, haha.
The cream itself is white and has a thinner consitency than normal E45; kind of like a wattered down shower gel. It has a pleasant silky kind of texture and very lightweight while still having a pleasant creamy feel to it. To use it, I simply squeeze a generously sized blob out and rub it onto any dry or sore areas. It can be used all over the body as well as the face and it is obviously forexternal use only and shouldn't come into contact with the eyes.
The cream hasn't got a noticeable smell but it has a subtle scent that smells just like plain moisturiser if that makes any sense at all! It's a very unisex and gentle scent which doesn't linger at all. The cream goes onto my skin easily, it's easy to apply due to the lightweight and smooth texture. It doesn't foam up or anything like that and instead sits on the skin like a layer. This can be a little awkward - standing around naked waiting for it to sink in, haha which is why I sometimes squirt a bit into the bath as if it was bubble bath and then lay in it and relax while it nourishes my skin! It turns the water milky with a faint white tinge.
As soon as I get out of the bath there is a noticeable silkiness and softness to my skin and this remains for a while - over a day. It also helps reduce itchiess from my eczema slightly but not completely and it doesn't aggravate it or make it worse. It definetly moisturises my skin and it is so easy to use. It also leaves my skin feeling clean which is a plus. I would definetly reccomend it although if you do use it in the bath, be careful getting out as due to the oils it contains it leaves the base of the bathtub really slippery!! 5/5.
My Mum passed on to me her love of everything E45, which started decades ago when she read in a magazine that top models actually use E45 products, regardless of the brands they choose to advertise. True or not, that comment led to a life-long loyalty to the brand, and this is something that I have picked up. The E45 range is ideal for those with problematic or sensitive skin, but you don't have to have "skin problems" in order to use it, and the creams and lotions are always handy to have on standby for dry skin, rashes, sunburn etc.
** Emolient Wash Cream **
I use this cream every morning in the shower when washing my face and chest. I like to use something gentle on my face, as soap is so drying, and I find many other facial products to be overpriced. I got sunburnt and irritated skin on my chest when on holiday two years ago, so since then I have also been careful with this area of skin and prefer to use E45 rather than ordinary showergel. I would be happy to use the wash all over my body, but tend to use ordinary showergel everywhere else as it is cheaper, so I don't waste the slightly more expensive E45 on areas of skin that don't need it.
The cream is white, almost completely odourless and is of a fairly thin consistency, more like shower cream than moisturiser. I slather it on liberally, and it does take a few rinses to wash it off as I find it clings to some areas of my face, e.g. the corners of my eyes - although the fact that I can apply it all over the eye area with no irritation is a further benefit. The cream leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised as well as clean, but for best results I like to use a moisturiser as well once the skin is dry (E45 lotion, naturally!).
I am not one to wear a great deal of make-up, but the cream is an effective remover of make-up as well, including on the eye area.
The only criticism I have of the product is to do with the packaging. I use the 250ml bottle with the pump-action cap (£5.49 in Boots), but every time I get around two-thirds through the bottle the pump action stops working and I have to unscrew the cap and tip out the contents for each use. The cream does not pour easily, so this results in some pounding on the upturned bottle, as you would with a ketchup bottle!
Despite having eczema, E45 is not a brand I am particularly fond of. When I first developed eczema at the age of around 19 or 20, I tried various shop-bought products to try to shift it, including E45 and found that it made no difference at all. The only thing that seems to work on my eczema is a steroid cream prescribed by the doctor, so I never really go in for any of these emollient products or off the shelf creams.
The reason I started using the E45 wash cream, was because I actually won a set of four E45 products in a competition a couple of months ago. Not one to leave things (especially beauty products of any form) go to waste, I started using this cream as a hand wash.
Although I'm using it only on my hands, the wash cream can also be used on either the face or body. As I have lots of other cleansers and shower gels which don't in any way aggravate my eczema, I decided this would be fine to wash my hands with. Although I don't actually have any eczema on my hands at the moment, my hands are incredibly dry, and I usually find that my eczema starts as a patch of red, dry skin, and worsens from there, so anything to help prevent that happening is welcome.
This wash cream in fact states that it relieves and helps to prevent dry skin by retaining the skins natural moisture and doesn't change the normal skin PH.
The wash comes in a white bottle with a pump action dispenser. It's a very plain looking bottle, and it annoys me that I can't see how much of it I've got left. Especially with a product with a pump like this one, I feel it's important to have a clear bottle, because you don't pick it up as often, (instead just pressing the pump) so you don't necessarily feel the weight of the bottle change.
The wash cream is white in colour and is like an actual cream, rather than a gel as you might expect from liquid soap. It is fragrance free and soap and detergent free, yet it does have a slightly creamy smell to it, which to be honest, reminded me a bit of nappy cream. Either way, it's very mild and not really noticeable.
The cream doesn't lather like a normal soap, which I must say is a little bit of a strange experience. You simply rub the cream all over your hands - a bit like you would do with a hand lotion - and then rinse.
At first when you rinse this away, it almost feels like it has left a greasy layer on your skin, but once you dry your hands, you are left with clean, soft skin that feels incredibly moisturised and not at all greasy or slippery.
I've found that since I began to use this, I've suffered with a lot less dry patches on my hands, and my hands have a slightly moisturised feeling for quite some time after using this, so I need to apply hand cream a lot less than I would normally.
A 250ml bottle of this wash cream costs £4.88 from Boots. Obviously this is more expensive than your standard hand wash, but still, I feel if you suffer from eczema on your hands then this may be worth it just to stop the itchiness (which to me is one of the worst things about having eczema).
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this wash cream, and how soft, supple and moisturised it left my hands feeling, and would certainly recommend it.
I had suffered with both dry skin and eczema for about 10yrs and over the years it was gradually getting worse. I went to my doctor who recommended several different creams I could use. This went on for several years and no recommended cream made a difference. Also anything I washed with that contained soap was just drying my skin out even more.
Well I booked another appointment to see my doctor but he was on holiday so I saw a new doctor there. She had a completely different approach on the matter and said right I am not going to give you any creams of any sort. You are to stop washing with any soap products and to just use E45. You may not notice any improvements immediately and that I was to give it 6 8 weeks to see if it made a difference. So this is what I did. I had heard of E45 before but had never used it and was apprehensive about it working as I had tried so many different things in the past that hadnt worked so I had lost my confidence in the fact that this could be any different.
I found this instantly on the shelf. Where most products are fancy colours and they all look very similar in many ways this was different. It is the Emollient Wash Cream that I required and it stood out as clear as anything in a plain white packaging with E45 in a big font size on the front in an oval shaped navy blue background just behind the E45 itself. It isnt a particularly interesting package but it is effective in that you could easily find it amongst all the other products. It has a nozzle which you turn left to open it and right to close it so it was easy to use.
Other information on the front of the packaging is that it is clinically proven for washing dry, itchy skin conditions. It is also soap free. The only size this can be brought in is 250ml.
On the reverse of the packaging there is quite a lot of information in a navy blue text. The first paragraph explains about the functions of the cream in that it doesnt change the normal skin pH. Also it states that it is mild and creamy and does not foam, but does leave your skin nice and soft.
The next paragraph is on recommendations and says that it can be used if you are just a dry skin sufferer or for more serious dry skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and ichthyosis.
It then goes on to say that there is no scent to E45 at all. Then there are the instructions of use which are very straight forward and easy to understand, but it also states that if you use this before having a bath or shower that you must be careful not to slip.
There is also a clear warning that this is to be kept out of the reach of children.
Under this is a list of all the ingredients.
Well I started using this as soon as I brought it. I started just using it on my face. When I pressed the nozzle down I found I only needed a couple of squirts in my hand and that was plenty. When it came to washing it off however you do need plenty of water as it can be abit difficult to remove, but with a good flannel and some nice hot water its fine. After using this for about 1 week I found that my skin definitely felt much softer. A few days after this the dryness that my skin had was rapidly starting to disappear as well. By 3 weeks there was a definite marked improvement and by 4 weeks my skin was like anyone elses. But I did find that I needed to wash my face both morning and night with this to get the maximum effects from it.
USING DIFFERENT PRODUCTS
As my skin was so good I thought I would use a face mask it had a bit of a scent to it but thought it would be ok, especially now my skin was feeling better. Unfortunately although the E45 was making my skin better the eczema was still there and as soon as something triggers it thats it. So after the face mask I was ok to begin with but by the end of the day was suffering with dry itchy skin. The E45 was great though as I found it relieved the itching straight away.
Well it was 2yrs ago that I started using E45 and have continued to use it ever since. It has really helped towards keeping my eczema under control its still there and things still trigger it off every now and then but nothing like it used to be so am very happy that I have finally found something that works.
I have used up about 6 of the emollient wash creams now and on everyone I have found as soon as I get to about 2/3 of the way through it the nozzle stops working. You press it and press it and nothing comes out. Some people resort to just throwing it away when it gets to this stage but what I do is finds a small jar cut the top off the E45 and pour the remainder into the jar. This last bit can last for several weeks so its worth doing.
I also find that this is very good at removing make-up but don't recommended it for removing any make-up around your eyes as it can irritate them.
Also in Boots this is priced at £4.49p so it is quite expensive, but I have just been to Superdrug today where they are selling it for £2.79p so it is a much more reasonable price there.
E45 is a name we all know and has gained a very reputable name in skin care so when i recentely developed a pain in the ass itchy rash on my arm i decided to invest in some of this emollient wash cream. Although I personally thought it was a bit expensive at £4.49, nothing comes closer to heaven then the feeling of stopping that itchiness just for one second so off i went to the counter in Boots and made my first purchase from this range. The first thing i did was read the instructions. If something was so powerful then I wanted to know what was in it. Apart from a load of chemicals i never used at school and aluminium (?!) I couldn't find anything too harmful and after all, they do state that it doesn't change the PH balance of normal skin. They also go on to say that this is recommended by dermatologists in place of soap for washing more serious conditions i.e. eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis. With that settled i decided to give it a good go and with that stepped into the shower. This cream can be used after a wash then rinsed off, or in the shower or bath. I decided not to go through the hassle of having 2 washes and jumped into the shower. The bottle is really well designed with a nice pump dispenser that's easy to use. I love these because u just have to turn them around to close them. A great device which puts your mind at rest if you are travelling with it and think "oh no its going to get squashed and pump loads of stuff on my bag like in summer 99". Or was that just me? As i squirted the cream into my hands it felt quite oily but in a silky way. There was no noticeable smell until i put it on my face, it's like a nasty chemist smell. My face wasn't itchy but i just wanted to see if it would be able to clear up my problem skin and help those spots i have been getting so many of recentely. My skin felt instantly softer as i smoothed it on and the blackheads i had on my chin became s
oft skin. This cream took quite a lot of washing to get off thoroughly but i was so glad of the results.. and hang on,.. where was my itching?? The itching had actually dissapeared! The next morning when i woke the itching was back and i had a quick shower with the cream. I've noticed that my skin has become very soft and conditioned since using it and i no longer get that "it so hard to scrunch my nose" dry feeling i often get after washing with soap. I know it's for dry itchy skin but i must admit i have been using it way after the itchy skin dissapeared with nothing but great glowing skin to show for it. Sometimes my face is a bit shiny after showering but that just adds to the lovely feeling of being clean and spot-free :) For those of you who suffer from excema (i know your pain - i had it as a child) my boyfriends mom has used it for her arms and found it a great relief. Infact, i actually nick hers these days! She said that there's something about being able to wash your skin without a sharp amount of soreness that later returns in the form of itching. This bottle is white and carries the trademark E45 logo. For 250 ml's expect to pay £4.49 from Boots. It may seem like a lot of money for a soap but this does go a hell of a long way when you massage it in and works absolute wonders. For me, this means no more itchy skin in the sun and a great feeling of cleanliness after a shower. Now that's defintely worth the money! Stay clean :) Mel xx
A gentle but effective non-drying cleanser is an essential part of your strategy for managing eczema, dermatitis and other skin conditions that cause irritated dry skin / E45 Emollient Wash Cream; soothes your skin and helps prevent dryness by helping your skin retain its natural moisture / Free from soap and detergents, E45 Emollient Wash Cream; has been developed by the skin care experts at E45 to be gentle enough for everyday use / It is suitable for washing irritated dry skin, scaly skin and other uncomfortable skin conditions / E45 wash is non-drying, non-foaming and perfume-free / This wash is part of E45s range of good skin care products by the special skin care experts / It has been developed to improve skin healthy look and can be used by those with a sensitive skin type.