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Brand: Boots / Type: Medicated Dry Skin Cream / Dosage Form: Cream

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      26.11.2013 21:53
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      great aqueous cream from Boots that I would definitely recommend!

      When I was younger, I used to suffer on and off from eczema, generally in the creases of my body like elbows, back of the legs and creases of my arm. Whilst my skin is now a million times better, a lot due to me cutting out quite a bit of dairy but when I am stressed I find patches can still flare up. In September my daughter started school so I cut back hours at work and have been juggling a lot financially so I got some of this cream as it was cheaper than E45 but is pretty much the same thing!

      It comes in a large plain white tub, so easy to dig my hand in and scoop out how much I need and apply all over. At the time I bought it, a 500ml tub cost £4 which considering will last me months is really cheap!. The cream inside is white, quite a thick stodgy consistency and so I often use 2 fingers to scoop out the cream and apply. The texture isn't slimy or greasy but it is quite heavy.

      This cream is not specifically for the treatment of eczema but is an excellent product for combating eczema, dermatitis and dry skin in general. It can be used for people of all ages, and I find the lotion is a bit more versatile in terms of application on the body than the thick, standard tub version of the cream. I have to say, I do find it really does leave my skin well nourished, especially on patches of skin which may be patchy or slightly irritable. It compliments my skin in a neutral way as it replenishes lost water and leaves my skin well hydrated, although I must say it doesn't really leave my skin amazingly soft in anyway! I find it doesn't add any softness or suppleness to the feel of my skin but when my skin is all dry and itchy that is really the least of my worries!

      This aqueous cream is perfume-free, so it is ideal if you have sensitive skin. This used to be a readily available over the counter aid for dry and itchy skin but from the website it seems to be prescription only. In my opinion, this works equally as well as E45 which is really just the branded version of an aqueous cream and so is worth the saving in money as it moisturises my skin in times of need as well as the more expensive range. I would definitely recommend this lotion to any sufferers of particularly dry skin or mild eczema as this is a good relief and fantastic moisturiser but for long term treatment, definitely see a doctor for a prescribed treatment.

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        05.08.2013 22:15
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        Great moisturiser for severely dry skin

        Our daughter suffers very badly from eczema, and she has done since she was a tiny baby. Before we discovered the 'miracle cream' that we now regularly use on her (Aveeno) , we went through all types of other creams as recommended by our GP and also dermatologists at hospital appointment's. It was suggested that we use a water based cream and we tried them all, I believe. One of the latter ones we tried was by Boots called Skin Therapy and I have no idea how much this cost to buy as we used to get it on prescription for Sarah. I do know that it came in two sizes, however, a larger 500g tube or a smaller sized 100g tub. We always got the larger one on prescription and we really needed it as we used to go through masses of this stuff.

        It's only available from Boots (as it is a Boots product). The packaging is really very plain and simple with just words on a plain white background. The tub is made from recyclable plastic with a lift off lid. The cream itself is white and very thick and not unlike any other type of aqueous creams we have used over the years on Sarah. This cream used to feel quite oily on application and as it was so very thick it never sank into her skin, but rather sat on the upper layers for hours.

        I do believe it used to do some good in terms of preventing her from scratching at the eczema but it needed to be reapplied quite frequently. We also used to use this cream with water to bath Sarah in as we have always been unable to use strong (or sometimes even mild) soaps on her skin as this aggravates the condition and makes it a hundred times worse.

        The cream has no smell at all that I was able to detect and I do believe it soothes her skin to some degree, especially as I used to keep this on the top shelf of my fridge. I have used this cream on myself lots and lots of times and if my hands are feeling particularly dry or chapped, as they can do during really cold weather, then I find that applying just the tiniest amount soon eradicates the problem,. I have also used it on severe sunburn on my own shoulders and it seems to really hydrate the area and helps to not only soothe and calm the skin but it also helps the healing process to.

        I have also used it on my face on my dry patches and on the back of elbows and the front of knees. It's not a product you need to use a lot of or even very often as it soon gets to work in putting lost moisture back into skin. I still have about half a tub left in my medicine cupboard now and though I no longer use it on Sarah, I find I keep on using it myself from time to time as it is a very handy and versatile moisturiser.

        Recommended.

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        20.05.2013 15:45
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        Good for dry, itchy skin.

        I use Aqueous cream because I have sometimes have very dry skin which becomes itchy if I don't use a cream to moisturise it when it is itching all day long and irritating me a little bit. I have bought this cream a few times because it works well indeed for my dry, itchy skin.

        It comes housed in a really large tub, the cream is a white colour and fairly thick in consistency. It isn't a runny cream, is soft and smooth in texture. It has no smell to it.

        I apply this cream all over my body where my skin is feeling the driest, just apply it like a body lotion cream and in exactly the same way. I apply more of the cream to the areas where my skin is feeling itchy and it stops the itching after a couple of minutes after I have applied it to the itchy areas. My itchy areas always tend to be on my forearms, and at the top of my legs. The cream just helps stop the itching really well indeed and just helps it feel more comfortable, less itchy and not so annoying it being itchy and also so that I don't scratch the areas more and then make it bleed from scratching it too much. My skin after one day of applying the cream both morning and night does stop itching completely.

        It doesn't take long for it to soak into the skin, it only takes a few minutes or so before the white sheen which it creates when first applied to skin. Does soak into skin in a good amount of minutes and I can then just get dressed soon after applying it and carry on with my day or night.

        The cream also moisturises dry skin too, my skin is soft and less dry after I use this cream. It can be used by adults and also for children who suffer with itchy or dry skin. Is also good for softening their skin and also moisturising it. Leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.

        The cream contains white soft paraffin liquid and also liquid paraffin, is a gentle cream which helps just soothe the skin and stop irritations and dryness, also any itching which you may suffer and need a cream to settle it down a little bit.

        Is good for dry patches on the skin, my wife uses this cream as a body lotion when her skin is feeling extremely dry and when a normal body lotion doesn't moisturise the very dry patches on her body. We both really like this cream a lot. So it isn't just a cream for skin conditions, it is a cream that can also be used as just a body lotion if necessary.

        It is cheap to buy, for a 500ml tub I paid just over £4, is worth this price and good value for money. The quality is really good too.

        This tub size will last a good while used regularly on a daily basis if necessary and one all the family can use for skin conditions.

        I will buy it again in the future.

        I rate it 5 stars.

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          06.05.2013 10:57
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          Dull but highly effective. I wouldn't be without it now.

          Perhaps life was getting too much for me and it was showing on my skin. I'd developed cracked skin on my elbows and heels as well as dry patches on my shins. The cracks were painful to touch and becoming itchy. Summer was (supposedly) coming up and my heels in particular looked really bad.

          I asked friends if they knew what I could do to repair my skin. I also went to Boots and asked what they'd recommend. A Boots pharmacist suggested aqueous cream.

          There are two sizes of this product in Boots stores - a 500g tub and a 100g tube. Online they only appear to sell the tub. I bought the tub. I was initially a bit put off by the containers. The packaging is plain and looks quite medical. This is not a product with pictures of shiny happy people enjoying life or information of how it will change your life. I liked to think I'm not that susceptible to marketing but, having looked at these dull and plain containers, perhaps I am.

          The ingredients aren't also as pure as I would like. However having tried purer products which had no impact on the problem I was ready to try the tough stuff. The ingredients are listed as purified water, emulsifying wax (containing cetostearyl alcohol, sodium laurilsulfate), and chlorocrescol 0.1%.

          The cream itself is very thick and white. It becomes soft quite quickly as you apply it. As this is a water-based cream (which is what aqueous means) it does rub in to skin quickly or, if your skin has become as dry as mine, a thin layer will even soak in by itself. There is no noticeable scent.

          After applying this for about a week in thin layers and letting it soak in, my elbows and heels became soft and smooth. The irritation and cracking had gone. This cream was much more effective and much cheaper than the more glamorous products I'd previously tried. It helped my skin feel so comfortable that I still use the cream now as a preventative measure if I feel my skin is getting too dry.

          As well as moisturising, this cream can be used with water for washing skin. For the purposes of this review I therefore tried this as a cleanser. I applied a thin layer over my face, rubbed it gently over my make-up and took it off with a damp warm face cloth. It easily removed the lot and left my face feeling soft and clean. However due to the moisture content I'd be a bit worried my skin would become greasy if I did this too often.

          I have since used this cream to add rapid moisture to my hand after I burned it on steam from the kettle. Ran my hand under cold water first but my hand still stung. The cream helped soothe the stinging and added moisture. I understand from friends that it is also sometimes recommended for patients undergoing radiotherapy to keep the skin in better condition.

          This has been a really effective cream. It's not glamorous, natural or trendy but it works and it's really cheap compared to the branded products for dry skin. I now keep some in the house all the time and at the first sign of trouble, I slap some on.

          The aqueous cream costs £4.09 for the 500g tub in Boots. I think the tube was about £1.75 for 100g.

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            21.02.2013 09:19
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            5 stars

            My grandson has eczema and sometimes it can flare up and become very uncomfortable for him. We spent a lot of time trying to find a solution and his doctor recommended we use aqueous cream with the aim to help keep his skin condition at bay.

            Before a flare up my grandson has very dry skin. We tried lots of oils and well known creams on his skin but it actually made it worse. The doctor said that the ones we were trying were full of ingredients and so if you have sensitive skin or suffer from allergies they can make it worse. He recommended we try aqueous cream as it isn't loaded with ingredients and so is far more gentle.

            We got a very big tub of this from Boots and lather it on him once, sometimes twice, a day. His most affected areas are his legs so we tend to put lots on his legs and then just a bit elsewhere. It is quite a gloopy cream but because you just take it out the pot with your fingers it is really easy to get the right amount out and to put some extra back if you take too much. We just apply it to his skin and rub it in. It absorbs slowly but it doesn't stain if it does go on clothes or bed sheets.

            We find that if we keep up with using this then his skin doesn't stay dry but if we don't use it for a couple of days then it begins to go dry again so this cream is definitely doing something to help.

            I really recommend this. It is great for sensitive skin ad helps keeps it moisturised.

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            17.02.2013 10:01
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            I have bought this cream a few times because occasionally if I am not feeling well my skin needs a little help because it becomes much drier. I have dry, sensitive skin. Last month my skin needed a little help for some drier patches which my body lotions and butters couldn't soften. So I just reached for this cream and my skin is back to normal again now.

            This cream comes in a large tub. It is Boot's own brand and I bought it for just over £4 for a 500ml tub. The tub is white and very basic looking with just the name on the front. The cream inside is white in colour, it has a really nice soft texture but it isn't runny. It is just a smooth cream. I cannot detect a smell with this cream.

            It is easy to apply to the skin. I have used it on my feet because the skin is quite dry at the moment, I only apply a small amount to my feet and just keep adding a little at a time. While applying it, it does feel soft to the touch. It feels like a moisturiser in my opinion, rather than a lotion feel. It feels soft on the skin after it has been gently rubbed into the skin. It does feel a little tacky just for a couple of minutes until it is absorbed into the skin. It only takes a couple of minutes or so to soak into the skin. It then just leaves the skin feeling nice and soft. After applying to my feet before bed, I just pop on a pair of those socks that help soften the skin during the night. The cream on the feet and the socks work very well together. I find for my feet, using the socks is better because it gives a much better moisturise on the skin and the socks help lock in the moisture to just leave them feeling soft in the morning when the socks are removed. I do the same with foot creams on a regular basis with the socks to soften the skin on my feet. I don't use the socks during the day time because I just raise my feet on a towel until the cream has fully absorbed into the skin.

            My elbows have been quite dry recently after using my body lotions, I have applied just a small amount onto my fingertips and just gently rubbed the cream on the elbow area. I have had some really dry patches on my knees, this cream has helped soften the skin and helped it to recover and it has moisturised the skin well to leave it in a good condition again.

            This cream is good for eczema and is good for itchy skin. I use it liberally over my body because it is a larger area than just the feet, elbows and knees. It does take a good few minutes to completely absorb into the whole body area when more cream is used on the skin. I just use the cream before I go to bed at night or when I have a shower in the morning. I then wait until it has completely absorbed before I get dressed.

            I find this cream soothes the skin at the same time it is moisturising. It contains Liquid Paraffin and White Soft Paraffin which gives relief for dry skin conditions. It can be used for both adults and children's skin, so a good cream which all the family can use for dry skin.


            I really like this cream for giving me the extra help for my dry patches. It has helped my patches become soft again in just a couple of days. The amount of cream in the tub is a huge amount and so it is very good value for money. I think it is extremely good value for the money in my opinion. It is a fabulous cream that works in just a couple of days for the extra help for the skin that a moisturiser may not give for the skin.

            I will continue to buy this cream because it works well to moisturise and soften my skin and to remove my very dry skin patches on my skin. I highly recommend it for anyone to try if you have dry patches on the skin that just need that little extra attention. My skin is back to normal now after just a week or so. I am now able to use other lotions and moisturisers for my skin in the usual way and the ones that have a nice fragrance.

            Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.

            I give this cream 5 stars.

            Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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              01.05.2012 12:16
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              A good bargain-buy for skin soothing

              *** What it is & what it does ***

              Aqueous cream is a pharmacy-based moisturiser - a "dermatological cream for the symptomatic relief of dry skin". Aqueous cream is non-perfumed and lanolin-free and can help to soften and soothe dry skin conditions.

              The product comes in a sturdy tub with a screw on lid. My most recent purchase from Boots was a 500g tubs for just £4.05.

              So, if you are out in your garden a lot now that Spring is properly here, and are finding that your hands are suffering from your hard-work outside, forget fancy, perfumed hand-creams - Aqueous cream is the over-the-counter alternative which will give your hands the equivalent TLC that they have been giving to your plants!

              *** What's to love ***

              * Because it's unperfumed, this cream acts as a 'unisex' handcream, great for gardeners of both genders!
              * Unlike many perfumed handcreams, Aqueous cream is not sticky and a little goes an awfully long way.
              * Because a little goes a long way, you really don't need much - the 500g tub offers real value for money because it really does seem to last forever.
              * Because of the size of the tub and therefore the size of the lid, it's fairly easy to manage the lid even if your hands are still wet from washing. However, we tend to loosen the lid before tottering up the garden, making it easier to manage once we are back in and have washed our hands - just dip into the cream and you're done!
              * Again because of its size, this tub is easily stowed under the sink ready for use- no hand-cream squeezy bottles to fall out each time you open the cupboard, or to get knocked back amongst your cleaning products and get lost - this sturdy little tub stays right where you put it!
              * Has many applications over and above looking after your hands - the whole family could benefit from using this for a range of dry skin conditions and even soothing. In our house we have a popular condition known as 'gardener's neck', which usually occurs when you didn't even realise that the sun was shining that much, so aqueous cream has come to work as an after-sun soother for us too!

              *** Quirks and quibbles ***

              * I'm not too fussy about my nails and they do suffer from the garden of course, but if you are fussy about your nails I'd use a separate conditioning treatment for them after gardening, because I don't think Aqueous cream does anything special to support your nails - mine are certainly no better since using it.
              * You might want to wait for the cream to 'soak' into your skin before attempting to put the lid back on the tub, because you will need your hands to screw the top on securely and you can't do this when your hands are slippery!
              * 500g of this product makes for quite a heavy tub - don't drop it on your bare toes!
              * As with all creams and pharmaceutical products, check for allergies before smothering on liberally!

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              22.02.2012 11:59
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              Just as good as E45

              I tend to buy aqueous cream these days instead of E45 for dry skin as it works in basically the same way but it is so much better value than E45 is. The aqueous cream in boots is £4.05 but this is for a huge 500 gram tub that lasts for absolutely ages.

              The boots aqueous cream contains liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin and is a white cream used to treat a variety of dry skin conditions. The cream has a really thick consistency to it and feels quite greasy when you rub it on the skin.

              It takes ages to rub the aqueous cream into the skin and it does leave a greasy layer but it is the best thing I have used for dry skin especially when it is itchy and sore. Almost straight away you can feel the relief and it really soothes my skin and leaves it feeling much more comfortable than before.

              I tend to use it only at night as I am worried about the greasy layer it leaves staining my clothes and I have noticed greasy patches on my pyjamas afterwards. My skin also feels really slick for a few hours after using it but as I am at home this doesn't matter but I wouldn't like to go out with it on. I do tend to use quite a lot of the cream so this might be the reason my skin gets so greasy. Luckily the next morning my skin is no longer greasy and is instead left looking and feeling beautifully moisturised and just generally more healthy.

              If my skin is feeling really dry I also use the aqueous cream in the bath instead of a shower gel and it is really good for cleaning the skin as well as moisturising it. I just rub it into wet skin and then wash it off and my skin is left clean and I know that the hot water isn't going to leave my skin feeling dry and itchy.
              I have on occasion also used it on my face to remove make-up when I have run out of make-up remover and although it did remove all my make-up I did notice it left my face looking a bit congested the next day as I think it was just far too rich for my facial skin.

              One other thing that the cream is good for is in the summer after being out in the sun. It works just as well if not better than an expensive after sun would.
              For me boots aqueous cream is a fantastic product and one that I would highly recommend for people looking for a really rich cream for dry skin.

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              11.01.2012 00:16
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              A great moisturiser at a great price

              I tend to have oily skin and so for years I rarely, if ever, used moisturiser on my skin, however as I have got older, I find that I need to use a little bit of moisturiser on my face and hands at night, especially at this time of the year, with the weather conditions taking their toll on my skin, drying it out. It was my Mum who first introduced me to Aqueous Cream, which had been recommended to her by her doctor, as not only was it meant to be a moisturiser but also a cleanser as well. My mum now covers herself in the stuff every night. One of the reasons it was suggested to her was due to her sensitive skin, and she has never had any reaction to this product. I likewise have sensitive skin and need to be careful what products I use, but again I have never had any problems with this product.

              You can purchase Aqueous Cream in various but I have always tended to purchase mine from Boots, due to it being a recognised chemist. My mum had tried a slightly cheaper version and didn't think it was as good. In Boots you can purchase this Skin Therapy Aqueous Cream in a 500g jar for just over £4, which lasts for absolutely ages, and that is with me putting it on every night. In fact, whilst I was pregnant, as well as using Palmers Cocoa Butter, I also smeared this aqueous cream over my tummy and I haven't a single stretch mark....so something worked!

              Aqueous Cream is designed for the relief of dry skin, and can be used to 'soften, soothe and moisturise' the skin. It states on the side of the jar that this product can also be used instead of soap to wash the skin which is handy if you were camping for example, and were trying to minimise the amount of products you take with you, as this will effectively do two jobs. Now, I have to honest however and say that I have never used it as a cleanser, but that is not to say that it doesn't work.

              This, as I said, is suitable for sensitive skin as it is both fragrance free and lanolin free. THe main ingredients in this product are liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.

              I use this for dry skin on my face and hands during the winter months predominantly, and I find that i really works. My skin feels really soft and moisturised, and the cream is thick and luxurious. It simply sinks into your skin. My husband used to use another hand cream for his dry hands, but I have since got him using this Aqueous Cream as well, and he can't believe he didn't try it earlier, as it was a lot cheaper than the tiny tube he was using and more effective!

              All in all, for the extremely reasonable price of just over £4 for a huge tub of this Aqueous Cream, which really does last for ages, this is terrific value for money. It is suitable for all skin types so you don't need to worry about any negative reactions, and it does keep skin smooth and soft, and you really feel it is moisturised, as you spread on the lovely thick white cream. I couldn't rate this product highly enough and wouldn't use any other moisturiser!

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              the miracle cream

              Aquaeous cream is a moisturising cream which is basically liquid parrafin. It can be used all over the body including the face and works in two ways: 1. by penetrating the skin and 2. it creates a protective layer over the skin. This particular cream is boots version however all the cream is the same it is just sold by different companies. Aquaeous cream is different from other more commercial moisturisers because it isnt advertised as a cosmetic product more a clinical product. It is well suited for those who have sensative skin and can also be used as a substitue for soap for people who are exceptionally sensative. I use aqueous cream and my skin is as good as its ever been and in the past I have used some rather expensive moisturisers which didnt last me as long. The good thing about this product is that you buy a big tib which will cost you around £4.00 but will last you an age. It is unscented, as in there are no added perfumes but still has an individual creamy smell which is pleasnt and i cant describe it until you've smelt it. Its mild but distinctive.
              After I'd used aqueous cream on my face for a while I began to wonder why I had never used it sooner and I did some research on the net about it. Infact many dermatologists and doctors will describe it as the perfect skin care product to use as its so natural and effective and infact there is very little difference in a tub of aqueoud cream and a tub of high branded moisturiser- apart from the price of course. I actually read the ingredients on one of my husbands spot treatments recently and was interested to see that aqeuous cream was one of the ingredients in the product.
              It aids excema and other skin ailments and my mother has recently started using it as she has a lot of dry skin on feet.
              Its effective and cheap and I'm quite sure there are a million other uses for it as it really does seem to be a miracle cream :)

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              great multi-use product

              Aqueous cream is a product that i think every household should have in theur cupboard. This comes in so handy for any member of the family.

              Boots plc, a popular high street chemist sell aqueous cream in tubs of 500ml as seen above, and also in a pressurised container, a little like a hair moussee bottle in a 200ml amount. This 200ml bottle (which i find stays fresher than the tubs, and also more hygenic) cost £4.09 form your local Boots store or online.

              It is in a white packaging which i think shows how clean and hygenic the product is advertising as, and the 200ml bottle has the typical boots logo at the top, advertising the Skin therapy aqueous cream.

              The lid of the product is a plastic and clear so that you are able to see the dispenser and the action to release the cream is to press on the applicator (which is white).

              The ingredients consist of:
              - Aqua
              - Petroleum
              - Cetearyl Alcohol
              - Paraffinum Liquidum
              - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

              In english, this is a water based cream, hence the name 'aqueous' and should therefore not be greasy and leave a sticky residue. The fact that this cream is water based is the key to its success i believe, and has more use than the bog standard moisturising cream.

              Boots claim that their cream can be used daily, moisturises dry sensitive skin and is easily absorbed. All of these i believe to be true. It really is the case that you are able to apply to the skin as required to soften and moisturise your skin, and one point that i think is padticularly poignant, especially if we are thinking of those with dry skin conditions or young babies whose skin we want to keep moisturised and soft, aqueous cream can also be used instead of soap for washing the skin. A fabulous second use, and as previously stated as it is water based, gently dissolves in the water and into your skin without the greasy residue. To make this cream even better, it is preservative free, but for safety reasons with any product, i would advise you stop using it if there are signs of irritation, and it is important to avoid contact with the eyes.

              All in all, a relativley cheap cream that is both colourless (it is white) and odourless that can be used for washing as well as moisturising. I have never had ill effect from using it and never had a reaction within my family. I would advise that you use with precaution initially as it will depend on the individual as to whether there may be a reaction. A great product, 5/5!

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