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I had never come across this shower gel before until my doctor recommended this to me. I have been suffering from really dry skin on my face for a few weeks now and no amount of my normal moisturiser was helping it! When I moisturise my skin looks fine but as soon as I try putting my foundation on, my skin started to flake! I have never had this problem before on my face, but I do get eczema on other parts of my body, so my doctor thought it might be a bit of eczema, so recommended this shower gel. I probably would of just preferred a cream really, as I wasn't sure a shower gel could help my problem with my face! However after one use I couldn't believe the difference, this shower gel is a miracle worker! You can find this shower gel by oilatum in boots, priced at an expensive but worth it £9.50! Although I got two boxes of it from my doctor for just a normal £7.50 prescription charge. It comes in a white and blue box, and the shower gel bottle is like the shape of a hand cream tube. It is 150g, and is fragrance free. All you need to do with this shower gel is apply liberally all over your skin, although I have only been using it on my face at the moment. It comes out like a cloudy gel, which is quite thick, but feels smooth enough to spread out on your skin. Your skin and hands must be wet before applying it. You do need to use quite a lot of it, it doesn't seem to lather when just rubbing it on my face. It feels quite heavy and greasy, and when you wash it off you will notice that it seems to stick to your skin. You are suppose to just rinse so you can leave like a film of this on your skin, and when you get out the shower just pat your skin dry gently, or it will wipe the product off. Once dry your skin doesn't feel or look greasy, but when you touch your skin you can feel it soaked in. I used mine at night the first time, and the next morning I could not believe the difference when I went to put my make up on! It was no where near as dry, although it definitely was still dry and flaky but no where near what it had been like before I used this oilatum. I used this oilatum every night for four days and now my skin is so moisturised, I have no problem with my skin going dry as soon as I put make up on, which is such a relief, I felt so self conscious and putting foundation on was just becoming a nightmare! This was a few weeks ago now, and my skin started to flare up again the other day so I used this shower gel again, and the dry skin has gone again. I think I will just continue using this shower gel just once or twice a week to stop it coming back, but I am so impressed with it! The leaflet inside says this shower gel works by stopping moisture loss from the skin, and can be used for lots of dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. I would recommend this to anybody with a dry skin problem, it is expensive in the shops, but try and get it prescribed by your doctor as a prescription charge is less than you would pay for it in the shops, although I would pay the £9.50 as it has worked so well for me, it is amazing stuff!
This past year I have great trouble with my skin. I have always had eczema but never to the extent of extreme itchiness. I am currently in the process of getting an allergy test from my local hospital because it seems it could possibly be an allergy not eczema causing this itching. Meanwhile, doctors have given me a countless number of creams, ointments, antihistamine tablets, all of which don't seem to give great affect. My last visit ended with usual prescribed steroid creams, but this time I got prescribed Oilatum Gel to use in the shower. At first I was sceptical that it would make any difference, but I was pleasantly surprised. The gel has a really nice cooling affect in the shower, which calms my skin down and helps stop the itchiness, as well as helping soothe my eczema. It is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances that is obviously a lot better for your skin than other shower gels. It is a clear gel liquid and doesn't have a particular distinct smell, really being quite mild. After coming out the shower as well my skin is not left feeling dry and itchy as per usual. My skin feels almost moisturised as well, which is a task that usually seems impossible which my skin so dry irritated! It sinks right into your skin which is a lot more appealing compared to other much more oiler products that stays on the surface and feels grimey. As I am in full-time education I get this product prescribed free at my local doctors, but I have noticed they are sold at extremely high prices at boots at £9.49 for 150g. I use so much of it at once I use the bottle up in around 2-3 weeks, so it is really expensive over a long period of time. If you are an eczema sufferer it is obivously cheaper trying to get it prescribed from your doctor at £7.50 (or however much it costs now for a prescription!). It hasn't made a huge load of difference to my skin, I still suffer from a lot of itchiness. But it does calm my skin down and makes it feel less dry. It certainly helps me cope with my skin, and I recommend it to anyone with similar skin problems. Eczema is not something you can simply get rid of, it takes a long while to overcome it, but I think this product makes it easier.
Ive been suffering from ecxma for 5 months never had it before and put i down to stress of getting married , tried everything on the planet and did start to clear up then two weeks ago it flared up again but came back with a vengence,.all over my arms, legs, hips , bottom and tummy and was soooo painfull, skin burning and covered in ugly blotches hate it .....i couldnt bare to have anything touch it other than my hands scratching my skin to shreds how nice it was until the pain of raw skin kicked in...Id read soo many messages on relief ..tomatoe juice.anithisatmines and so on nothing seemed to work immediately to take that itching and burning feeling .So tonight after litrelly wanting to pull my hair out my husband suggested going to the pharmmacy at Sainsburys for some help despite going to the doctors before...And finally this lovely girl who also suffers recommended oilatum naturally thinking is this going to work........at 10.50 it better ha ha ......and so got home ran a luke warm bath poured in 3 cupfalls of the stuff and layed there for 20 minutes.....OH MY GOD how niccccceee did i feel when i got out no pain.no itching, and felt sooo cool .Its really oily in the bath ... but when your out coating your body in a film leaving it soft but not oily....dry naturally or pat ypour skin doo not rub .....Any body suffering from this horrible skin disorder please take note of what everybody is saying on this product as even though expensive it will last a while and more importantly IT REALLY DOES work and says what it does on the tin, thank you to those who have written also you will help others get wanted relief and for recommending places to buy this from .......xxx Sami.
Oilatum comes in several different formats. There are bath formulas, creams, shampoos, and soaps, just to name a few of their products. I have to be honest I had never heard of it until recently, when I went to the pharmacy totally fed up with the eczema patches on my hands and legs. I'd tried so many lotions and potions from the Dr. All of which my body seemed to build up a tolerance to. Anyone who has ever had eczema will know that the constant itching and scratching drives you insane, and yet while there is a small amount of relief in scratching, the problems with the pain of broken and cracked skin outweighs that momentary feeling. The pain of sore patches, not wanting anything to touch it, not wanting to hold someone's hand, and the shame of having hands that look like an 80 year old when you're in your 20s, will make you try anything. The chemist gave me the cream and the bath oil to try. It's worth noting that there are extra mild junior versions available too. These don't come cheaply - my chemist charged about £6 for the bath oil and £8 for the cream. But you can get better value if you go to a Boots or Superdrug rather than the local chemist near my work in Waterloo! I tired the cream immediately, slathering it on my hands. It was thick and cooling and didn't seem to disappear into the skin straight away. A little goes a long way, so don't be too liberal when squeezing. After a bit of rubbing in, I was left with a white layer on my hands, but they instantly felt cool. I carried on with work (getting blobs of cream all over the computer and anything that came my way) and noticed a couple of hours later that I wasn't scratching anymore and my hands didn't feel like they were on fire! That night I tried out the bath oil. The first thing I noticed was that it is incredibly slippery. You really don't need to put much in. This is much more slippery than general baby oil. And it also leaves a bit of a scum line around the bath, which will need a bit more than water to get rid of. But when I got out of the bath, my skin felt softer and you could actually feel that the oil had left a barrier on top of the skin. I wasn't even tempted to scratch. I wouldn't use the bath oil every day simply because cleaning up and the hazard of slipping is a bit of a bother, but it's certainly a nice treat to add to the bath every week or two. But the cream I would use all day every day. I have actually even used the cream on my face (despite the fact that there is a face cream available). And while I wouldn't do that every day (simply because it is so thick that it could clog pores) as a once in a blue moon thing, it's perfect. It clears up dry patches and really does cool down any itchy patches and gives the skin a chance to repair itself while you have a break from scratching. Oilatum's products are certainly not just for babies and small children. They are great for adults. They don't have the hideous smell of things like Diprobase, Eumovate and steroid creams. Oilatum smells clean and plain. Just like baby products really. The packaging is basic - white tubs, tubes and bottles with a blue and white logo. But to be honest the packaging could look however it wants when it's such a great product inside.
Oilatum Bath Formula Before I became a Mum I never heard of Oilatum before as I never needed it. That was until my daughter arrived with her eczema. She had it quite bad as a baby and it was all over her chest area, big, red, dry nasty looking patches that she scratched all the time. I tried all creams down to the wonderful E45! And nothing helped her, yes the creams softened her skin but nothing took her eczema away. There would be times she scratched that much her skin would bleed and there was scratch marks all over her chest. I took her to the Doctors where they confirmed it was eczema she had and they gave me various creams to try on her, some were thick, greasy, had to be applied before bed etc. unfortunately none of the creams worked for her, like E45 they helped to moisturise her skin but didn't heal the problem. Afterwards I went to see the Health Visitor and explained it all to her, straight away she said you need Oilatum Bath Formula, she explained it is a light paraffin that has been developed to sooth dry skin conditions such as eczema and you simply put a cap full into her bath water and it acts as an emollient film that creates a barrier between her skin, keeping her skin hydrated and healthy. It is also helpful for skin irritations, like nappy rash and other dry skin conditions. She also said it acts as a cleanser so there is no need for soap to clean your child. When I picked Oilatum Bath Formula up it is the same design as their cream that you can buy, but the bath formula comes in a bottle with a screw top, but it has the same design on the front so it is easy to find when out shopping. That night I put my daughter into the bath and added 1-2 capfuls to an 8 inch bath water. Straight away it turns the bath water a milky colour, the bath formula also feels a little greasy. I put her into her bath seat and gently washed over her chest area, even on my hands the product feels soothing and when dry my hands felt soft with no greasy residue. I washed her hair and this is where I encountered a problem, because the product is emollient and light paraffin while washing her hair it felt clean and looked it when her hair was dry but because it is a little greasy I found her hair looked a bit greasy the next day. But if your child suffers from eczema or dry skin conditions in their hair this is a good way to help soothe and heal the skin. Fortunately for my daughter she doesn't have it on her hair so every time I bathe her now I was her hair first with clean water and when finished this is when I add the bath formula. After a few days of using this product on my daughter I am happy to report it cleared her eczema on her chest completely and her skin feels so soft and hydrated. Now her eczema has cleared I now add it to her bath water every other day and still her eczema stays away. If I find it comes back, which every now and then it does rear it's ugly head it is quickly healed and she is left with lovely skin. I have also found when she is teething she gets nasty nappy rash as well; again this heals the rash in no time. This is now a permanent product on my bathroom shelf. I now buy this product from Boots; I get it in 300ml for £8.99. (Other online prices may vary). It may seem expensive for something that you put into the bath but if you or your child suffers from eczema £8.99 is nothing. You can also buy it in 150ml for £4.99. The 300ml lasts a long time as you need so little. Boots also stock the Oilatum range so I am sure there will be something in their range for you. Buy it, you won't look back.
Oilatum make a range of bath and body products for 'problem skin' I bought this for my winter skin! For the first time in my life I have eczema, on the backs of my knees, my upper arms and my poor chest :( * I would like to point out i'm not a scaly monster, my boyfriend reckons he can't even see my dry horrible skin, maybe I am slightly over reacting but i don't like how it feels! I have no idea where its come from or what has started it but I want rid of it asap so am trying every possible treatment! I bought the bath emollient from Boots, the bottles on the shelves are either 300ml for £8.80 or 200ml for £7.50, a quick tip though; if you ask behind the chemist counter in Boots though they have the same Oilatum emollient but a 500ml bottle for £8.50! So I of course bought this one, its the same strength as the on-shelf one so you don't lose anything. You can get this on prescription from your doctors but it won't work out much cheaper as a prescription now costs a ludicrous £7.10! I'd rather pay a pound more and not have to go to the doctors as i'm petrified of them lol. The bottle is bright sky blue, it has a white cap (also the measuring device) and on the front it says "Oilatum Emolient, light liquid paraffin, bath emolient for the treatment of dry and itchy skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis" Perfect, thought me. You measure the mixture out with the cap as I mentioned, you add 1-3 capfuls to a bath of warm water. Its strange as the liquid is clear but when added to water it turns milky so your bath water will look a bit murky. The product smells nice though, fresh and kind of creamy. It will make your water greasy and therefore your bath slippy so be careful! You then lay in the water submerging as much of your poorly skin as possible, don't laugh but this isn't easy seen as I have eczema on my chest and obviously (cos i'm a girl) if i'm laid on my back this bit sticks out further than the rest of my body so I need my water as deep as poss so all parts are under water!lol. The instructions on the back of the bottle suggest bathing for at least 10-20 minutes so the product can get to work. If you prefer a shower you can apply this directly to your skin, rub in and then rinse off. I feel it probably works better if you're laid in it for longer though in a bath. When you get out of the bath (taking care not to slip on the now greasy plastic) you have to pat your skin dry rather than rub it as some of the product stays on your skin and keeps working, you'll be able to feel it at first but its not too greasy after a while. I've never got dressed after using this as I bathe on a night so am just wearing a dressing gown but I guess it might be a bit greasy on your clothes and rub off a bit. The product seems to last a long time as the bottle cap is only small and like I say you only need to use 3 capfuls at most, this is a good thing at this price and it is working well, my skin feels smoother and less sore so its all good :) For the first week of use, I used it daily as recommended by the lady in Boots but now I only use it twice a week. Ooh nearly forgot to mention, you don't need to use soap when bathing in this as it contains cleansers. The bottle will get greasy so is best kept on the side of the bath rather than in your bathroom cabinet where it will make a mess! You can also buy childrens versions (these cost even more money though) there are instructions for use on children on the back of this bottle; you just put less in the bath, so I guess its suitable for them anyway so you don't need the specialised one. Despite the greasy bath and skin, this really works and comes highly recommended by me!
I first used Oilatum junior cream for eczema when I received a free sample of it from my Health visitor. My poor little boy has suffered with eczema since he was about 6 weeks old. Most of the time his skin is quite clear but every once in a while the eczema will flare up and look slightly red and aggravated. It is at times like these when I use Oilatum junior emollient cream on the bad patches. I bought a 150g tube of this cream from my local Lloyds chemist, it cost me £4.99. The tube is white with a screw lid and has the Oilatum logo on the top and it states underneath that it is junior; this means it is suitable for use on babies and children. Further down the tube it states that it is a fragrance free, emollient cream and that it provides long lasting moisture for eczema and dry skin. It also states that it controls itching and soothes irritation. The cream itself is white in colour; I have found that you do not need to use a lot of this as it goes a long way. The cream is not greasy and is easily absorbed into the skin, so unlike some other creams you are not rubbing it in for a long time. Whenever Rhys' eczema flares up I apply this onto the bad areas each evening. I bath him first and then dry him off. I then apply a small amount onto each of the red patches of eczema. In the morning when he wakes up I found that the redness had greatly reduced and that the patches just looked slightly dry, therefore I keep applying the cream until the eczema disappears altogether, this usually takes between 3-5 days, depending on how severe the eczema was to start with. I am very impressed with this cream and will continue to use it for as long as my son suffers with eczema. I have been prescribed a lot of different creams by my doctor and have found that none of them have been as effective as Oilatum.
Christopher, my 3 year old son, gets terrible eczema, some times it just affects his legs but on other occasions his whole body is coated in it making his skin feel like sandpaper. Over the years we have been given many different suggestions and treatments for his condition which include Oilatum. Oilatum is a liquid treatment that is added to bath water in place of regular bubble baths and is designed to cleanse and rehydrate the skin as well as soothe itching and irritation during a flare up of the condition. The oil disperses in the water rather then forming oily patches on the waters surface and this ensures a more even coverage of the treatment for your skin. The liquid is cloudy white and free flowing, not thick or gloopy like many bubble baths can be, and it has no scent meaning that there are no unnecessary perfumes that could aggravate a skin condition. The product can be used for children and adults and though there are specific lines available now depending on your age range they are designed with the same task in mind. The Junior range is naturally slightly gentler and more suitable for young skin, so while I would say that adults could use the Junior range I wouldn't reverse that and use the adult range for children, better be on the safe side there. How much liquid is needed will vary depending on the age of the user, more because an older patient will use more water but the general rule is ½-2 capfuls for babies, 1-3 for children and 2-3 for adults, you simply add the liquid to the water as you're running the bath. After 10-20 minutes soaking in the water you can then get out and pat yourself dry with a nice towel. We got our Oilatum on prescription from the doctor so it didn't cost us anything, however it can be purchased separately with prices ranging from £5.25 for a 200ml bottle. There is quite an advanced range of bath oils, lotions and creams available now from Oilatum so you're best having a good shop around for the best price and product for you. Sadly for us the Oilatum doesn't quite live up to it's promise, ok it did clean Christopher's skin and yes it was scent free, yes it dispersed nicely in the water ensuring that all important even coverage but it did little to soothe Christopher's skin, in fact after bathing in Oilatum his knees are more red and inflamed then they were before going in the bath. We persevered for a while using the oil but when it seemed like there was no chance of a different reaction or any improvement we had to stop using it. There are several disadvantages to Oilatum other than the simple fact that it didn't work for us including the fact that there are no bubbles, now where is the fun in a bath for a toddler when there are no bubbles. The lotion also leaves a nasty grimy layer around the bath when the water has drained away requiring quite a bit of elbow grease to remove it, you have to be careful to properly clean the bath out after use otherwise an oily film will be left coating it and will be dangerous for the next person using the bath as they could slip over. Then of course there's the carnage it will create if you leave a non-slip bath mat in during use, the lotion will begin by leaving horrible black stains on the mat which then start to eat away at the plastic, there's no cleaning it off once it's started it's attack so you'll be left literally with one bath mat down the drain. So it was back to the GP for another shot at treatment for Christopher and bye bye to our bottle of Oilatum, still we didn't have to pay for the treatment which I guess is a blessing. If it's recommended as a treatment for you by all means give it a go but I'd wait for GP advice first instead of simply buying it independently and if, like us, you notice it makes your skin worse then abandon it as soon as possible. Go to- http://www.oilatum.co.uk/consumer/junior/index.asp for more on childhood eczema or oilatum.co.uk for general eczema information and product advice.
A doctor prescribed Oilatum for my Eczema Scrotum (itchy pink patches, dries out & gets scaly) along with using almond oil moisturizing soaps. It worked very well for like 2 weeks, felt good, less itch, those pink patches lightened a lot. Now we know that Eczema has a "moody" symptom, so the thing came back like it gained some sort of resistance. Yet, I'm still using it as it does sooth the groins. Try it, it may work out better for you and it is pretty much harmless.
At 3 months my little boy was suffering from a bad case of dry skin exzema. It appeared to be a bad case of nappy rash (almost like paper cuts on his bottom) and a raised bumpy dry rash on his knees and elbows. Worried about the pain he was suffering I took him to the GP who diagnosed him with exzema and gave him a prescription for Oilatum bath and deprobase. After adding a capful of the Oilatum to his bath of plain water (no bubble bath) and using the deprobase (emolliant cream) to wash him with, the exzema had passed within a couple of days. I continued to use the Oilatum even though the exzema had gone, until the bottle was finished and now at 16 months he hasn't suffered since. Occasionally if he starts to look a bit dry in places I will buy a bottle and use it instead of his bubble bath for a few days and the dryness goes away! The bonus is that you can buy it at most supermarkets, chemists and health stores for around £6.50 so you don't have to wait for a doctors appointment every time. I always keep a bottle handy in case of any signs.
First review in ages! Lets hope Ive still got the knack of it! Anyway here goes .. I first heard about this cream from a freebie website which was advertising the fact that they were giving away free samples of this cream. Anyway I followed the link http://www.oilatum.co.uk/offers/onr.asp and requested a sample. Admittedly it took a very long time to come through, if fact so long that I didnt even remember requesting it, but once it arrived I thought that I just had to try it out! WHAT IS IT? This cream is supposed to be developed especially for dry and sensitive skins and for those prone to eczema, which in a nutshell definitely describes me, and I hate the fact that it flares up at the most inopportune times, mainly when I want to go out or go on holiday, so I thought this may help me out of my predicament. HOW DOES IT WORK? It intensely nourishes your skin to help repair your natural barrier. It is supposed to penetrate deeply to rehydrate your skin which will in turn relieve tightness and irritation that comes with dry skin conditions. WHAT IS IT LIKE? My first impression before I even opened sachet that it came in was that it was going to be a light formulation so that it didnt sit on top of the skin and look greasy, but as I opened the packet I was surprised, it was of a consisentsy on that much different from savlon, or some other antiseptic creams that you can get and I thought that it was going to be very heavy. It is supposed to be fragrance free, and although a lot of creams say that they are fragrance free half the time they do have a smell with them, but this one doesnt not anything I have tried and failed to smell anything at all. You use this cream when your skin feels tight, dry and itchy, and you just smooth in on and rub it in. When I used it I was surprised, it disappeared almost on contact and left no greasy residue, and it did definitely relieve any tightness that my skin felt. It says that this cream is light enough to use everyday and also light enough to use under makeup, this claim is certainly true, I have been using it for 2 weeks now and it wont clog your skin and it doesnt make it feel heavy or greasy so I would definitely recommend it for everyday use. PACKAGING The packaging although simple is very effective and the more you look at it the better it gets, the sachet (my freebie) looks to be the same design as what you would get when you buy the bottle, and this is white with the blue wavy oilatum logo, green writing telling you what it is and a bubbley greeny-blue type thing at the bottom! In fact it is very effective when you see it! PRICE I didnt actually buy this but I looked on the Boots website (which by the way is where you can buy this) and a small tube 50ml is £7.49 which does seem a little expensive, but a little does go along way and it does seem to ease the dryness and tightness of sensitive skin. VERDICT This cream does exactly what it says it should, I would say that it is a trifle expensive for what you get but it does do what it says and I will definitely be buying some of this again. CONTACT Stiefel laboratories (UK) Ltd, Holtspur Lane, Wooburn Green, Bucks, HP10 0AU www.oilatum.co.uk
As I am a bloke, I don't like using five different creams for various parts of the body. Sure I use the odd hand cream and face cream, but I'm not fussy for brands. But last year I fell upon a great alternative for these creams, Oilatum. What Is It? ***************************************************** Oilatum is a bath emollient, this means that you add it to the water in your bath. But you must remember to add it as the water is running, so that it has chance to mix properly. It is mainly for topical treatment of skin disorders such as eczema. What else can I use it for? ***************************************************** It is also great for people with mild skin irritation, such as rashes like nappy rash. When we had to use a cheap nappy on my son once, he got a really bad rash on his widgey. Now in this sensitive area even some creams can irritate, but half a cap full in about six inches of warm water, and two baths later it had cleared. I also take it abroad wherever I go abroad, because when you have been in the sun for a prolonged amount of time Your skin can feel a little dry. I just add Oilatum to my bath in the evening, and hey presto a great form of aftersun. I also find it good as the water can be quite hard leaving the skin feeling rubbery, it also stops that too. So really no matter weather you feel you don't need this product, you would be wrong because it has an ongoing list of uses. It is also non perfumed so it is good for people who can't use perfumed products. How much do you need to put in? ***************************************************** For Adults: In eight inch of water add 2 capfulls (20ml) In four inch of water add 1 capful (10ml) For infants and children (not recommended for children under 6 mths old) For children simply add about up to half a capfull per bath (1-5ml) how much does it cost? **** ************************************************* Oilatum is not very cheap as it costs about four or five quid for a 150ml bottle. But remember how little you need to use, so this means that it is cheaper than the cream because it will last longer. What does it look like? ***************************************************** I believe there are two kinds in this range. Normal oilatum, The bottle is mainly blue with white writing on it, the name is written in large letters so you can't miss it. Oilatum Plus, this bottle is mainly white with blue writing, also with the name in large letters. You will mostly find this product amongst the various creams and other topical treatments that are on sale. Where can I buy some? ***************************************************** You will not find this product at your local shop, it is mainly sold by your local chemist. But I would be more inclined to go to boots or superdrug, as it can be a bit cheaper (plus I get points on my boots card) You can also get it on prescription from the doctors I found out recently, which is a bonus cos I get free prescriptions (well being diabetic has to have an up side dunnit!!) Conclusion **************************************************** Get yourself out and buy some, for whatever reason just pick one!!! It is great for familys, adults and children. even though not cheap, a bottle will last ages, and you never know when it could come in handy. But believe me I guarantee you it will at some point and you will you glad you had it. Even if just for pampered skin purposes you can get out of the bath with silky smoothe skin every time. ******************Quick warning******************* It makes your bath slippy so be sure to keep an eye on young children. they can easily slip whilst in the bath, or when getting out of the bath. I would recommend getting one of th ose rubber bath mats to help with stability. Also with older people the same steps of precaution should be taken. Also always remember to rinse the bath out straight after use, and always avois contact with eyes. And for those stupid people put there, Don't drink it i'm sure it doesn't taste very nice. But if the need takes you for whatever reason, follow it up with plenty of milk or water and for gods sake. Seek medical attention cos you obviously needed to in the first place!!!!!!
Eczema is a nightmare, especially on small babies who like to scratch and can't be reasoned with. I spent months trying all sorts of things to help my unhappy baby, and then found this (thanks to my dad). Oilatum exists in adult and child form - I've been using the child version. The adult stuff is probably stronger, but I would imagine has simialr pluses and minuses. Firstly there's Oilatum for the bath. Soaps and detergents tend to make eczema worse more often than not, but you do have to keep the little dears clean. Oilatum contains liquid parrifin, which is remarkably good for this condition. It's a clearish liquid that smells like you could probably get into trouble if you spent too long smelling it. Oily,is the main word that springs to mind. The packaging is simple, functional, easy to get into and easy to use. It comes with totally coherrent instructions. All you do is add a few capfulls to the bath and let the little one have a good long soak. You don't need to use any other cleaning products, even on baby hair - it does work for washing as well as looking after the skin. Oilatum forms an oily scum on the water, and, when you take the little dear out of the bath, you will find their skin is soft, smooth, oiled and generally lovely. You don't get the drying issues normally attendant on baths. It doesn't smell too bad on the skin either - despite first impressions of nose in pot. It helps with eczema, it means that baths don't add to the problem, and can in fact be a tool in easing this skin condition. Having used Oilatum for some months now, I am a fan and would recommend that any eczema sufferer gives it a go. For best effects, you can use the bath product in tandem with their skin cream. There are some problems though, and they are as follows. Firstly the stuff is very slippery, so both baby and bath become slidy. You have to be very careful when lifting an oilatumed baby out of a bath, and an older, more wriggly child can be very difficult to keep hands on. Secondly, it leaves an oily film on the bath and it is hard work to clean off. On the whole, not a major set of issues, although you do have to be a lot more careful to keep your child safe. In theory, it is possible to get this product on prescription, and I think it works a lot better than the parrafin product I was offered - which did work in the bath, but nothing like so well. If you can't get it from your doctor (I couldn't), you can buy it over the counter from your Chemist or supermarket. Prices vary, but expect to pay something in the region of four pounds for 300ml. That said, unless you are giving your babe a couple of baths a day, you should get a month or two out of it, so it isn't bad value for money. They also do a really good skin cream - for five pounds (or thereabouts) and a trip to your Chemist or supermarket youc an procure a 150 gram squeezey tube. The instructions on it are simple and coherrent. You can use this product as frequently as you like - I find about three times a day optimal if the skin is really irritated, and otherwise once a day just to keep things comfy. Oilatum contains paraffin and Glycerol amongst other things. The standard stuff you can get on prescription also seems to be parrafin based (but looks like lard!). Oilatum Junior cream is a thick white substance, and you only need to use very small quantities of it - it spreads a remarkably long way, so the 150g will last a month easily on a small child - obviously, the more surface area you have to anoint, the more tubes you are going to get through. The cream has a faint smell, hardly noticable once on the skin. Any excess you can just rub into your own hands without fear of strange or alarming consequences. having ended up with the odd smattering on my own skin, I can further vouch for the fact that it soaks in nicely, it doesn't leave you feeling greasy and it lasts for some time. I noticed a difference at the first use - Oilatum moisturises the skin and softens it up. The big problem we have is that when the eczema is healing, it gets even more itchy and the babe tends to scratch - Oilatum relieves this and allows the little fellow chance to ehal. It really does seem to help the skin - since I've been using it on James, he's down to only a few areas of skin that get any trouble, and those not half so badly as they used to. Oilatum is so easy to use and so gentle - its been more effective than using steroid cream, which didn't seem to do any good at all. Definitely a product to try on any small child with eczema, seriously dry skin or other itchy disorders.
I don’t suffer from serious scalp problems, but now and again I do sometimes get an itchy flaky scalp. I always use Pantene as my main shampoo, but now and again I do have a change. Perhaps that is why sometimes I get an itchy flaky scalp. Who knows. I was telling my friend about my problem and he suggested I try Oilatum. After he told me the price. I got up off the floor, it is very expensive but I thought what the hell. Oilatum Scalp Treatment Shampoo is £7.99 For a 100ml bottle. Now you get up off the floor. You can buy it from most large chemists and stores. It is supposed to be a clear shampoo, but to me it looks like a pale lemon juice colour. It smells quite nice, a fresh smell neither sickly sweet /sour or medicated. So it is ideal for men and women. It has an anti-fungal agent to treat dandruff, and itching flaky scalps. It doesn’t have any colour or preservatives in it. How to use it: Wet your hair, put the same amount of shampoo on your hair, just like you do with ordinary shampoo and massage it gently all over your head. Leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and repeat if necessary. Use it twice a week for two weeks and after that just use it once a week. What’s in it. Aqua, sodium laureth sulphate, cocamidopropyl betaine, polysorbate 80, cocamide DEA, hexylene glycol, ciclopirox olamine, oleyl alcohol, citric acid, disodium phosphate, polyquaternium 10, parfum (+sodium hydroxide) Who makes it. Stiefel Laboratories Ltd. Wooburn Green Bucks. HP10 OAU The usual warnings. For external use only, As with all shampoos, avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. If irritation persists, consult a doctor. Do not use if you have a known sensitivity to any of the ingredients in this shampoo. Right how did I find it. Was it good for me. My friend who recommended it, is what I call a skinhead to the younger generation he may have a grade. So I don’t suppose he can feel the texture of his hair. I myself have got shoulder length hair. As soon as I had done the final rinse I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the comb through my hair without using conditioner. So I did use conditioner. When I had dried my hair it looked fluffy and felt very dry. I must admit after a few washes it did get rid of the dry flaky itchy bits. It also ruined my hair. I think it stripped it of all of it’s natural oils. I had a similar problem when I used Head & shoulders. Would I use it again. No, I would rather have a few flaky bits now and again rather than have a head full of fluffy dry straw. I realise that people who have serious problems such as psoriasis may find it a God send. I am describing how this shampoo worked for me. Thanks for the read.
I came back from the doctors yesterday with a precription for oilatum plus for the bath, as I have very itchy flaky skin, which the doctor said is mild eczema. The bottle was a 500ml bottle and a prescription charge is about £6. A 300ml bottle would coust you about £8.50 so you are better off going to the doctors. This product is only for people with dry skin or ezczema and is used in the bath. Oilatum plus is a bath oil that you put into the bath water 1 capful for a 4inch bath and 2 capfuls for an 8 inch bath. It does turn the colour of the water to a murky grey but that does not bother me as long as I know the itching will stop. it is unfragranced so do not worry about it clashing with your perfumes This should never be put onto the skin neat, it ahould be put into bath water. As it is an oil it moistures the skin, and does not leave it so dry. Oilatum plus contains a cleanser so you should not really use soap with it, as it does clean your body. As it is an oil you should be very careful as the bath could be slippery, and also ensure that you wash the bath everytime you have used it, as it can cause a buildup that will be very difficult to get off, on the bottle it tells you that the best way to wash your bath after you have used it , is using washing up liquid. It does sooth and moisture you skin, leaving you less itchy, It is well worth the money. It also leaves my skin very smooth
Oilatum Gel is an emollient gel / It offers the same benefits as Oilatum emollient but needs a shorter contact time, and even works under running water, such as in the shower or wash basin.