“ Brand: Boots / Type: Eczema / Dermatitis cream / Dosage Form: Cream „
When I was younger I suffered really badly from eczema until my teens when it eased up and I found eating less dairy really cleared my skin up. I tend to get small annoying patches now and again more so if I'm going through some stress and I usually find some E45 really helps. However, over Christmas I got a rash on my neck that itched like mad and just looked constantly dry and awful. Being stuck at work and all my colleagues noticing left me feeling really conscious and aware of it so I went to Boots on my break to see what could save me!
A girl at work had mentioned the name Hydrocortisone and so I asked the lady behind the pharmacy counter about the cream and she suggested that it would help but not to use it for more than 5 days. It only was available in a small 15g tube for £3.69 so at a small price I was happy to part with my pennies to buy it.
The cream comes in a basic looking white box with the Boots logo against a blue square design. The box explains that it is for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis and that it is 1% Hydrocortisone so it is a rather mild steroid cream. Inside is a small tube with pretty much the same basic design with a white twist on cap with foil coverage which needs piercing to be able to get the cream out.
The cream is a slightly thick white consistency, has the usual slightly chemical smell of a hydrocortisone cream and is easy to apply. At first I squeezed a blob about the size of a 5p coin to my fingertips and rubbed it into my neck. I could instantly feel the soothing relief as my neck no longer itched!
Exercising caution (and following the instructions in the box!) I then applied the cream very thinly on my neck over the next 2-3 days. I found the cream excellent for providing relief from quite harsh eczema (in my opinion) over the christmas period until I could make a doctors appointment for prescribed medication. Whilst it did really ease the itch I have to say it did in time improve the overall appearance of what was looking really hideous and noticeable!
Whilst my neck patch has not yet disappeared 100% it no longer itches and I still have this cream on standby in my handbag as I think it is excellent. As an over the counter remedy for a cheap price it did the job perfectly and I would definitely recommend it.
As a final point there are precautions for this cream - not to be used on broken skin, near eyes, or if pregnant etc so fully read the box or discuss with the pharmacist first.
As I have mentioned now in a number of my reviews, I do suffer mildly from eczema, so I always have to apply cream when I have a flare up. I recently found out from my doctor I was using the wrong cream that wasn't providing enough moisture into my skin so he recommended I always use Hydrocortisone which I found out can be bought most places. I instantly thought of going to Boots to take a look as they are the first sort of high street pharmacy that came to mind.
The box of this is clear enough and easy to see, it is white with the Boots logo and a blue square stating what this is as it is 1% Hydrocortisone. It says on the front that this is for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis which is what I obviously use it for. You have to buy this behind the pharmacy counter so will need to ask for it as you can't get it on the shelf and it only seems to come in a 15g measure which is my only issue with it.
This cream has a number of warnings on the box like most treatments. It says to keep out of sight and reach from all children, to not use on broken or infected skin such as impetigo, cold sores, acne, thrush, athlete's foot or ringworm. Not to be used on the face or near eyes, on the anal or genital areas or if pregnant. Also if you suffer from psoriasis or other skin conditions to consult with your doctor first and the same goes if you are breastfeeding.
This is also not to be applied with plasters or dressings over the cream, not to be used on children 10 years or under and to not use more than the recommended amount. It is not to be used for more than 7 days and if any symptoms worsen or don't go away within 7 days to talk to the doctor.
This cream is very easy to apply, I know it says only use up to 7 days but my doctor said to keep using this as it is milder than what I was using before. I always apply Double base Gel first which I have reviewed previously if you do not know what this is for base moisture. I then only apply Hydrocortisone very thinly and in small bits on the most flared up areas of my skin. I am only to use this cream twice a day so I do it in the morning and in the night.
With this cream, I always find that at first the flared up areas seem to go quite red after cream is applied which is probably the cream getting to the infection. However, after about an hour the skin looks a lot calmer than before application and less dry and looks normal. It won't perform miracles but I apply this for a few days and notice flared up areas really toning down until they are gone again which is why I love this cream and always use it without forgetting or the infection will come back.
This is a Boots only product and as I said before can be bought over the pharmacy counter only. The only measure you can buy is 15g which has lasted me about a month so far but it depends how much you use this as I want to keep my infection down. There are a number of different Hydrocortisone creams out there but this Boots one has worked well for me. However, I do wish it came in a bigger tube, as I find it does seem to go quite quickly and at the price it is ok but not the cheapest when you need it like I do. I paid £3.46 for mine which is the same as the website price as you can order off that. Delivery is £2.95 though which isn't worthwhile unless you are buying a lot. Also, remember to get advantage card points when you buy this product.
For more information go to http://www.boots.com and search Hydrocortisone then to the left click Boots and Pharmaceuticals and you will see this as it comes in the cream and ointment options.