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Dermol 500 Lotion
Member Name: jodiestokes
Dermol 500 Lotion
Date: 12/10/09, updated on 24/05/12 (7102 review reads)
I first came across Dermol 500 lotion after being prescribed the product to use in conjunction with a steroid based cream for the treatment of eczema, around five years ago. I have suffered with persistent eczema on the palms of my hands for most of my adult life, because the eczema had become particularly severe I was advised to use Dermol 500 lotion as soap substitute as most other shower gels and soaps burnt my hands and causing further irritation.
Three years later, after having an adverse reaction to some of the chemicals in a facial chemical peel, the skin on my face became infected causing a breakout of acne and blackheads. After visiting a dermatologist I was again prescribed Dermol 500 lotion as a facial wash substitute in conjunction with duac cream.
~~~The manufacturer ~~~
The manufacturers are called Dermal (as apposed to Dermol) and most product formulations are devolped for the intention of medical prescpiton as opposed to cosmetology with a product base of application medication (topical lotions) catered to resolve or alleviate a variety of skin conditions such as ezcema. Not widely known by the consumer, they are however, commended by dermatologists and medical professionals alike and so widely prescribed for the treatment of a variety of skin disorders.
Dermal have a wide range of products tailored for different skin conditions but there are four products within their Dermol range:
Dermol 600 Bath, to be used in the bath water
Dermol 200 Shower, to be used under the shower
Dermol Cream, to be used on very dry skin as a leave-on cream or as a substitute for soap
And Dermol 500 Lotion, to be used on dry skin as a leave-on lotion or as a substitute for soap
~~~Packaging and product~~~
Dermol 500 lotion comes in a 500g pale green plastic bottle with a dark green push dispenser that can be locked by twisting it, forthe purpose of hygiene. The bottle comes in a dark or light green cardboard box with user leaflet inside displaying all the relevant information.
The lotion is mid range in consistancy, not too thick and not too thin. It unscented and you won't need much to get a nice even coating. It has a cooling effect upon application that almost insantly eases itchy inflamed skin in my experience.
~~~Cost and availability ~~~
Although Dermol 500 lotion isn't as widely available as other moisturising products it can be found in a number of pharmacists and online shops. You should expect to pay around the £10 (£10.25 from amazon.com) mark for 500g unless of course you have it on prescription (£7.40). This may seem fairly pricey but when you take into consideration the quantity, quality as well as its number of uses I would say that it is good value for money.
~~~Use and ingredients~~~
Dermol 500 lotions main active ingredients from product detailing:
Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, both have moisturising properties that keep skin hydrated and prevent water or moisture loss, essentially acting as protective boundry.
Benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine hydrochloride are both antiseptics. They help to destroy bacteria on the surface of our skin, keep everyday dirt and pollution at bay and keep the area detoxified to prevent infection occurring.
When using Dermol 500 as a wash the skin should be patted rather than rubbed dry to avoid stripping the skins natural oils. A dermatologist may advise a 30 second to one minute period to allow the lotion to be absorbed into the skin before washing off in order to effectively absorb dirt and bacteria as well as to get the best results from the products moisturising properties.
~~~ Opinion ~~~
Eczema and other related dry skin disorders:
As a moisturiser: Where and when I can, I prefer to avoid steroid creams for eczema as they do damage the skin over time, thinning it out. Ever since I have used Dermol 500 as a moisturiser for my hands I have had very few severe outbreaks and have not deemed using the steroid based creams as necessary. My eczema has not been fully eliminated but the lotion has certainly worked to help keep it to the bare minimum unlike other moisturisers that claim to help fight eczema but have only proved to irritate the condition further, such as E45 cream which I find tends to burn when applied to the affected areas.
As a soap substitute:When my eczema was at its peak I used the lotion as a full body wash. It's near impossible to use any other type of wash when it is at its most severe; because the eczema is on my hands, most products will invariably come into contact with them and cause further inflammation/ irritation. I didn't get a fresh feeling like I would from using a normal sensitive shower gel from this product nor does the lotion lather, it does however, get you clean. If eczema is severe, I would strongly recommend using this product as a soap replacement until the condition is under control. I found the itching and burning sensation associated with eczema to be significantly reduced within 24 hours. Once under control, I began to use sensitive shower gels instead for the freshness and scent, though I do still use it to wash my hands and feel that flare up has been prevented as a consequence.
I have to say I was rather surprised when my dermatologist prescribed Dermol 500 as a face wash substitute to help reduce acne. I had always associated the product with dry skin conditions; the product information doesn't indicate that the lotion would be beneficial. However, I did raise this concern with my dermatologist who explained that the products antiseptic properties will help to remove the pollutants that provoke outbreaks and in turn the moisturising properties will help to soften the skin in a way that can naturally unlodge blackheads and condomes.
In conjunction with duac cream I found this product to be highly effective at cleansing away dirt and ridding those stubborn blackheads as well as maintaining skin hydration. I haven't experienced too many spots and condomes throughout the course of using this product which is by and large down to the products efficacy . I actually found it to be a really good replacement for my ordinary moisturiser as well, and an excellent primer.
I think that Dermol 500 lotion is a high quality product not only for those with skin ailments but also for those in pursuit of smoother and softer skin. It is excellent as body lotion ,as much as anything else.
Using the lotion to shave as I have also found to be effective at preventing shaving rash and all its associated symptoms. My legs always feel really smooth and I generally use the product to moisturise after shaving as well (applying a perfumed body lotion to freshly shaved legs is never a good idea).
The way in which this product tackles such a variety of skin ailments makes it an absolute must have in my bathroom and one that I consider, real value for money. The product is made all the more attractive by the fact that it has been developed by professionals who create products for the medical world and not just by some flashy cosmetics company with all the spin.
I would happily recommend this product not just to those with skin aliments but anyone who values the importance of effective moisturisers and body lotions, this lotion really does knock the socks off of most in terms of its value and performance.
For more information on Dermol 500 lotion or any of Dermal's other products you can visit their website via the following address:
http://www.diomed.co.uk/dermal-laborator̴ 3;ies/Produ ctList.ashx
Summary: A truely excellent product.
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