“ Brand: Dermal Laboratories / Dosage Form: Cream / Type: Medicated Dry Skin Cream „
First of all I should begin by saying that everyone's eczema is different, what works well for one person at certain points in their life, certainly won't be the same across the board.
There are lots of different types of Doublebase, shower gel, handwash etc. For the purpose of this article when Doublebase is mentioned, I'm referring to the Emollient cream. It's also referred to by the Manufacturer as Doublebase Gel.
**A little background**
One of my son's suffered with eczema since birth, first it was medically commented on as 'a bit of dry skin - that can happen with newborns'. Fast forward 8 years later and we're dealing with reasonably severe Eczema that my son and I try to manage on a daily basis with various moisturizing creams. We've tried them all, Aveeno, Aqueous, olive oil (when he was a baby) all sorts.
I'd been using Aqueous cream prescribed by the GP for a couple of years (twice a day) and found that his skin was just becoming drier and drier (this was three months ago). Breakouts were more frequent. After several days of ringing the GP for an appointment and being given dates of up to four weeks away, I took myself to Boots and purchased a tube of the Doublebase Emollient Cream. I've used this in the past and wanted to give it another try.
If you're not familiar with Ecezma, moisturizing creams such as Doublebase are used as a preventative measure, to stop the skin drying out and to try and prevent breakouts. Different creams are used to manage the breakouts themselves.
Doublebase Cream is available in either a small tube (100g) or a large 500g sized pump. For the purposes of trying out the cream again I purchased the tube. The cream itself is very dense and brilliant white in colour. There's no smell to the cream, it has almost a jelly like look about it. It's so dense it almost looks like a solid, it comes out on your hand like a little cloud.
Ingrediants from the Manufacturer:
Active Ingredients: Isopropyl Myristate 15%w/w, Liquid Paraffin 15%w/w
Inactive Ingredients: Glycerol, Carbomer, Sorbitan Laurate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Purified Water.
The cream was easily absorbed into my Son's dry skin, it instantly felt much more hydrated with just one coating of the product. The GP has since advised to rub the cream in the direction of hair growth and not to actually rub it right into the skin, this is to avoid irritating any patches of Eczema and hair follicles.
The manufacturer states:
'Doublebase is useful for dry skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis, which get worse when the skin is allowed to dry out. Used regularly, it helps restore the skin's smoothness, softness and flexibility by replacing lost moisture and helping the skin retain moisture.'
I can't comment on dermatitis, but I do agree that my son's skin was much softer, smoother and generally healthier after using the cream, this was evident immediately and on-going was much better with each application.
The idea of this cream is to replace moisture, then act as a barrier to trap in moisture over the course of the day.
Tube- From the tube it dispenses with a small squeeze. It has a screw top cap and comes in a transparent tube with a pink/purple cap. Useful for seeing how much is in the tube.
Pump - This is the version I currently use, it's much quicker to apply this way. It's also much better value for money. The bottle is transparent which I'm a big fan of, so I can see exactly when I need to think about getting a new one. It has quite a solid, square base, it stays put while using the pump.
It's very easily to use and freely dispenses with just one pump. As most pump operated products, when you get a new bottle you need to pump a few times to get the product into the pump system.
Compared against the big tubes of Aqueous cream I was prescribed by the GP initially this was much better to use. I of course always cleaned my hands before using it, but there's that element of applying the cream and dipping hands back in. 3/4 through a tub I would have to bin the cream, I found if I used any more than that, alarmingly infections would occur. You can get Aqueous cream in tubes but sadly my Pharmacy were reluctant to dispense the amount needed (a tube of this would last 3-4 days). So compared to Aqueous cream the pump system was bliss. We've now been using Doublebase for 3 months and there hasn't been any sign of infection.
Obviously from the above, I got on really well with the Doublebase cream, I then purchased a pump. This is applied twice a day to skin. Within days his skin was retaining moisture much better than before, the breakouts had decreased, I was very happy with the results.
The only thing that was a pain was a couple of pairs of Pajamas that had a fluffy inside would stick to his skin leaving little areas of fluff attached. I've resolved this by replacing the offending items of clothing.
There are still the odd breakouts. Triggers for my son include dairy, stress and changes in weather. Also clothing with a high polyester content weirdly. But I feel it's being managed better with the help of Doublebase.
I have noticed that my hands are permanently nice and moisturised. I'm currently in the process of helping him to apply the cream himself.
**Not just for Ecezma**
I also used the cream for a stubborn patch of dry skin that occurred on my forehead during the winter, it cleared the problem up in 24 hours. I had tried products designed for the face with no effect prior. It is a very dense cream and this was used as a last resort. It's a little to heavy to use day to day on the face area ordinarily, but it certainly did the trick.
**Availability and Pricing**
Doublebase is available in most pharmacists, occasionally I find they need to order in the bigger pumps, but most usually carry the tubes at least.
If your GP feels it's appropriate they can also arrange for this on Prescription.
The 500g Pump retails at around £12.00 in Boots, internet prices are much cheaper on Ebay/Amazon, starting from around £8.00 including post and packaging.
The tube is 100g and retails around £5.00 - £6.00. Again a little cheaper on-line.
As stated previously, the pump is clearly better value for money if you can get hold of it. Most of the bigger pharmacies such as Boots will order these in if they don't hold it in stock. Using the Doublebase pump twice a day, the pump lasts him just over a month.
It's worked really well for my Son's needs, I'm very happy with the results achieved. I'm sure as conditions and his skin changes he may need to change cream again somewhere down the road, but right now it's perfect and I'd highly recommend it. Even if you just have very dry patches of skin, it definitely helps.
I'd highly recommend trying out this cream if you suffer with dry skin. Your GP can also help advise if the condition is more severe.
I hope this has been of some help and thanks for reading.
I have been using doublebase emollient for about 2 years now following a rather disastrous experience due to the over use of Alcohol gels and the use of latex gloves which I had to use in my job and I have now built up an intolerance to latex and alcohol. (Thankfully not the drinking kind).
The alcohol gel dried out the skin on my hands so much so that despite moisturising my hands they used to dry out overnight to the point whereby they used to contract over night and I could not open them in the morning without the skin cracking and being very sore and bleeding. I had to refrain from clinical practice as they were likely to become infected had I not done so. Bearing in mind as a minimum I must wash my hands at least 50 times a day so you can imagine how dry my skin has become.
After seeing a dermatologist he recommended that I used doublebase to moisturise my hands to keep them supple and the skin well hydrated. I had been buying a small tube from a pharmacy after a colleague recommended it which seemed to help but now I obtain a supply each month on prescription due to other moisturisers not being as effective.
I had forgotten not to use the alcohol gel on only one occasion last year and my hands just peeled with the whole of my hands looking like the singing detective in the television series!
So what is doublebase I hear you ask?
Double base is a thick emollient gel cream which helps to keep the skin moisturised and also protects the skin from drying out by forming a barrier on the top of my skin. It is a white thick gel which when dispensed has to be rubbed into the skin so that it moisturises and forms a barrier to prevent my hands from drying out. Being slightly thicker than the normal hand creams it takes a little longer to rub into the skin but once it is rubbed in you can clearly see the difference. It is also quite durable and long lasting. Not only can you use it as a hand or body cream you can also use it to wash, bathe or for taking a shower. I have found it to be very effective however constant washing of my hands means that I carry a small tube around with me to keep my hands moist.
Size and Cost.
The sizes vary from 100ml tubes up to a 500ml dispenser which has a nozzle through which the doublebase is dispensed. You can control the amount you use as a lot goes a long way. On average I get through 500mls per month of daily use. Whilst I would not say my hands are as soft as a babies but they are certainly if much better condition than they were.
It is quite expensive to buy but I think it is well worth the money as it has proved its worth and effectiveness. 100ml tube can be bought on Amazon for £4 or the 500ml dispensing bottle can be had for as low as £8 but more in the region of £10 a bottle. You can buy the tubes from a pharmacy but not the 500ml dispensing bottles which are only available on prescription.
The active ingredients of isopropyl myristate 15% and liquid paraffin 15%. The other ingredients are glycerol, carbomer, sorbitan laurate, triethanolamine, pheoxyethanol and purified water. There are no fragrances in the product or dyes which in themselves can cause irritation.
Anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients should obviously avoid using it. Generally it is quite safe to use and there are few side effects. Some people may develop rashes but it is quite rare.
I thoroughly recommend doublebase as it is a very effective moisturiser and emollient.
I first came across this product when I was pregnant with my first child, and my psoriasis reared its ugly head, and my doctor perscribed it to help my skin out.Now, with baby number two, this is cream that the doctor has percribed to her as she is suffering from eczema.
The problem that occurs with these two skin conditions is the skin can be dry, sore, cracked and can flare up for numerous reasons. The massive headache is the fact not one product can treat either or both of these skin conditions, and each person is very different. So what can work for some, and not work for others. So alot of people go through lots of different products to see whats going to work for them. Some of these products wont cure, but help the systems.
The doublebase gel I have is 500ml. Its in a pump dispenser plastic bottle with a clear expiry date on the back ( mines a new one and the date is 2016 ). This product is supposed to mositurise the skin and give a protective layer over. Providing hydration to sore, chapped and dry skin if used on a regular basis. Easy to use, use just like a body lotion. If prescribed, there maybe a set amount of times product needs to be applied. If not, just when needed and on the affected areas. My daughter's eczema is in the usual places e.g knees, elbows and I was advised by a health visitor to apply every nappy change, as her skin wasnt improving.
The product itself in regards to texture, is half way from being a gel to a crea,. Its not overally heavy but does require alittle working into the skin so if skin is ultra sore, be careful how much pressure to apply. It does leave a thin film over the skin, even on your own hands when you apply it on someone else so you would need to give your hands a proper wash.
Another way to use it is put the product on the body before bathing, as this helps the skin not dry out with the water.
My personal experience of this product on myself and child is it does give moisture to the skin and helps somewhat with itching, but doesnt make either of our skin conditions any different, just more managable.
Unfortunately my son suffers from quite bad ezcema, he's had it ever since he was a baby and it is getting better and I think that's in part to the various creams I slather on his body day and night and after every bath. We have been prescribed quite a few with varying results but Doublebase is one of my favourite creams.
It has a very strange consistency to it. We have it in a plastic see through tub and when you shake the cream up and down you can see it has a jelly or blamange like consistency to it, it wibbles and wobbles up and down but sticks together, very strange.
Doublebase is described as a, "highly moisturising and protective hydrating gel for regular and frequent use in the management of dry or chapped skin conditions which may also be itchy or inflamed."
They call is a gel but it does look like a cream to me, even though it has a weird consistency. The cream is white and when you rub it onto skin it takes a bit of rubbing in but once its on you can really see that it creates a barrier on the skin as skin is lovely and smooth after use. I rub it all over my baby boy and he does get rather slippery. You have to wait a few minutes for it all to soak in and dry but then once you do his skin is lovely and soft. My hands are also really nice and soft after applying this cream so I benefit too. I definitely think his ezcema has gotten better after continual use with this and we will continue to use it for as long as we need to.
The ingredients are listed on the back of the tub and they are given as, "Glycerol, Carbomer, Sorbitan, Laurate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, and Purified water." I can definitely see this glycerol in this cream as after application you get that really nice sheen on shin that you do with glycerin based products.
Luckily as my son is under 16 we get this free on prescription on the NHS so if you or someone you know suffers with this its worth seeing you doctor about it and enquiring about this useful and effective cream.
My son was prescribed this Doublebase a few weeks ago, he is 9 months old and is suffering from eczema all over this stomach and his back. He is so red and dry, and I hate seeing him like this! I got this Doublebase from the doctors in a 500g pump bottle. The bottle is clear, in a purple stand to hold the bottle which goes into a point right at the bottom, I assume to use up the whole of this cream. It is a funny cream, in the bottle the cream is all stuck together in one big lump, it looks a bit like marshmallow, I have never seen anything like it. If you shake the bottle, it just wobbles about in one big lump.
The emollient is a bright white colour, and when you press the pump down, it actually comes out just like a normal cream onto your hands. I rub a large amount of this into my hands and then spread it all over my sons body. It glides on really nicely, and goes on really smoothly. It is easy to rub in completely, it does feel slightly greasy on the skin though, but does sink in really quick. I tend to slather this all over him when he is asleep and it sinks in really quickly even when put it on thick.
It feels really nice to rub into your hands too, although you do have to wait a little while before getting on with things, as it sits on your skin a bit greasy for a few minutes first before sinking in well, and keeps my hands moisturised. It does a good job at keeping my sons skin really moisturised and we are seeing a massive improvement in the condition of his skin so I am really happy with this product. We have been using it two weeks everyday so far, and I put it on as often as I can, it has not cleared up his eczema yet, but it is getting there.
The only thing with this product, is my son screams the place down when you put it on his skin straight after a bath, it seems to sting him, bless him and he cries and screams when you try and rub it on. I only use this on his skin when it is completely dry, and about half an hour after getting out of the bath he is okay with me rubbing it in.
Adults, children and babies can use this double base, and this can also be used on the skin before you have a bath or shower to prevent your skin drying out. The two main ingredients are liquid paraffin, and isopropyl myristate and are great for moisturising.
This is a nice moisturising cream for people with eczema or dry skin, I have not seen a cream quite like it in the bottle, but it is the same as most creams when dispensed out of the pump. I love that the base of the bottle goes into a point so the pipe for the pump can reach every last bit of cream, as this will stop cream being wasted at the bottom. It is a great cream, and I would definitely recommend you try this if you need something for a skin condition!
i have very dry skin normally but,i have had 4 treatments of chemotherapy and find the product to be the best i have tried.The shower gel leaves a non greasy film on the skin.The other gel,that i put on anytime,is fab too.My friend had an itchy back,no chemo,and it has cured it.great stuff.Now i dont need any chemo but will continue with it as it is so good
I suffer with terrible eczema and it flares up during cold weather and during extremely warm weather too. I am always looking for something new to try to help clear it up and last time I went to the Doctors about something else I mentioned how it had flared up again and that I was at a loss as to what to try. I was given a prescription for this and I received a large pot of this. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I have also been using a Lush soap at the same time too which was already helping with my latest flare up.
This is a moisturising gel like creamy product that can be used regularly to help with dry and chapped skin complaints. My skin complaint is caused by dry skin so this is ideal for my feet. I begun using this twice a day, once when getting ready for the day and once when getting ready for bed in the evening. I have also used this straight after having a bath or shower too. The pump action dispenser that I was given has been incredibly useful for me as I can just give it a quick press and get enough to cover the patch on one of my feet. This has helped me avoid mess apart from the one occasion where I was a bit overzealous with this and it went all over my bathroom floor. Fortunately I have lino and this was easily cleaned up with some toilet roll.
This is dispensed quite smooth and is actually quite thin in texture. This makes it simple for rubbing in and there is no real scent to this other than just a clean clinical kind of scent. This cream starts to soak in quickly enough but it does take a couple of minutes drying time before the stickiness disappears.
I have been surprisingly pleased with the quality of this Doublebase product, particularly as I did not have to pay for it thanks to my NHS Exemption Card! This cream has worked wonders at clearing up my eczema and while this has not disappeared completely it has gone about 75% now and this is perfect as I have a party in a few weeks and want to get my pins out!
You can get Doublebase cream from your Doctor, as I did, if you have a need for it that is diagnosed by a Doctor. You can also find this on Amazon and this is the only place I have seen it online so far!
I have been very pleased with the quality of this product and was really pleased with my Doctor for my prescription. I will definitely keep this in my bathroom now for any flare ups and if I get dry skin anywhere else I will be using it there too. I have even been able to use this cream before I head in to the shower to ensure that my eczema is not dried out even more that is absolutely fantastic and I definitely found that the itchiness decreased hugely after my shower compared to a normal shower.
Never wrote a review, but I just had to let people know that double base has been a life saviour for me.
I have had excema for the last year, I am 37 and never had this problem, been to the doctors several times who prescribed me steroid cream. This does work but always comes back. Read about double base online and thought I would give it a bash, thank god I did. It's brilliant, really moisturising and calms it down. My dry skin appears after a warm shower (not hot) and looks like a burn mark, it apply db straight after and it helps, a lot. But the last few times what I do is put a thick layer on the red patches and then go for my shower, this helps and has been the best way to go.
So pleased, anyone with very dry / excema prone skin, give it a try. And it's not expensive and comes in a good sized (500ml) pump container.
I suffered with very bad eczema for the first 18 years of my life. When i say very bad i mean terrible! at times it was difficult to find a patch of skin that was eczema free, this meant i was scratching all over and desperate for some sort of relief. Doctors tried everything with me and for almost 5 months i was trying double base. To be blunt it simply didnt work.
Firstly when applying, if the cream gets into any sort of tiny open cut it will sting, this is obviously a problem for eczema sufferers because the skin is cracked and open. So once past the uncomfortable application of the cream there is a period of time where relief from itchiness does occur however there is a constant tingling sensation over the skin which can be very off putting. Another downside is that even though the cream is quiet thin, the areas of applcation are left very shiny giving anyone wearing it a sort of greasy skin look. (not good) . The worst part however comes about an hour after the application when any sort of relief seems to vanish and the skin actually dries out to a worse state then it was in. My brother has a degree in pharmacutical and medicinal chemistry and after analysing the cream he concluded it was down to the unusually high percentage of alcohol. This can cause existing dry skin to worsen
So to achieve any kind of comfort using this cream constant application, all day would be required any sort of break from a routine leads to total discomfort.
Having used many creams and ointments the only thing i would recomend, no matter how bad or small your problem. Is Diprobase Cream Emollient. This solved all my problems and i am now eczema free with only occasional use.
Having suffered from severe excema for several years, I'd had every cream under the sun. Then my GP prescribed doublebase. I thought that it'd just be the same as all the other moisturisers I've had, and sadly, I was right. I was told to apply it 5/6 times a day, and as the pump can be tempremental, it took longer than with my usual moisturisers. Once I'd applied it, my skin was shiney and smelled a little. I have to say, i thought it was gradually doing it's job, until half an hour or so after applyimg, i had to start all over again and re-apply it. Also, a while after applied, my skin would go weird and itch and regardless of how much I itched or put more cream on it just wouldn't work. So in my eyes, its ok for on the go, to use on your hands ect but to use it as your main moisturiser, well, I wouldn't reccomend it.
At around the age of two, my son developed eczema, this was predominantly found on the back of his legs, in the creases of his arms, under his neck and also on his tummy. The red patches became extremely inflamed, were very itchy and sore. I don't need to tell you how difficult it is to try to prevent a small child from scratching and thus exacerbating the problem further.
At the same time he also suffered from the viral skin condition molluscum contagiosum - pearl coloured dome shaped legions which were also itchy and painful.
I had tried various creams as advised by my GP, treatments to be put in the bath etc but nothing appeared to ease the conditions. It was only when my elderly grandma was having a leg dressing changed by the visiting nurse that we happened upon doublebase cream. She noticed my sons skin and suggested that we try doublebase.
She had used this on her own child with excellent results. She said that it was not always readily offered on prescription due to the cost!
She explained that many other skin creams contain lanolin known to further irritate skin conditions. Doublebase does not. A user may also suffer an allergic reaction to lanolin without knowing, particularly if the reaction is similar to their current condition.
She advised that we request the pump action dispenser due to its ease of use. Tubes and lids don't really bode well with children - not to mention my lack of immediate clean up instinct!
Once removed from its distinctive pinky/purple cardboard box, the clear plastic dispenser is great and has recently been updated to include a funky purple bass!
The pump at the top must be turned anti clockwise in order to activate and takes a few presses to propel the cream so that it is visible in the nozzle.
The white cream inside is unusual in texture, I would liken it to the slime I used to play with as a child although it is a little more jelly like in consistency.
It does not have a fragrance or odour and it is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue.
After applying the skin not only feels supple and soft but instantly cooled, as if sprayed with cool water. I have not experienced such moisturizing qualities in any other cream - as well as on the children, I now also use this exclusively on my face and body.
The active ingredients contained within the gel are Isopropyl Myristate 15% and Liquid Parrafin 15%. The combination of these ingredients helps to form a barrier, trapping moisture in the skin and subsequently reducing dryness. Other ingredients include Glycerol, Carbomer, Sorbitan Laurate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol and Purified Water.
My son has now thankfully grown out of both conditions but I still apply the cream on the back of his legs and inner arms, probably more out of habit than anything.
When his eczema was at its worst, it undoubtedly provided cooling relief, rehydrating the skin and improving elasticity.
The gel is manufactured by Dermal Laboratories is available on prescription or can be purchased from any chemist. Internet prices start from £8.05 for 500g, although postage costs are usually in addition to this.
I would not hesitate in recommending this product to anyone, it certainly prevented many sleepless nights for my family!
Having been plagued with eczema all my life, I feel I've tried every cream there is out there. This was a new one so was eager to try it, hoping it would finally be the revolutionary one that I was after. After researching I bought a large dispenser online, intending to get it added to my regular prescription if it was successful. My eczema causes me to have severely dry skin, which gets itchy, sore, cracked, then infected. To help it I normally use Diprobase as my standard moisturiser which I apply daily, but the reason I want to try other creams is that it sinks in' to dry skin very quickly, so if starting on my face, by the time I'd down to my feet my face could be dry and flaking again. Normally the only alternative to this is using a greasy ointment moisturiser, these do continue to moisturise the skin but have a horrible sticky, greasy feeling and usually a bad smell that means using it isn't an attractive option. I hoped Doublebase would be the 'missing link' between the two.
There is a variety of 'Doublebase' products out there, as well as being available in many sizes. Options include a shower gel, a bath additive and a cream. I bought a large 500g pump of the gel cream. This cost around £10 + delivery and I bought it from an online pharmacy through Amazon. The gel pump is made a clear see through plastic which was slightly surprising as the gel is horrible to look at! I likened it to some sort of gelatinous creature from a horror movie as it rolled around inside the container like a horrible sticky blob when moved, so to me it definitely wasn't something that you want to put on your skin, but I was still prepared to use it to see if it worked. As it has this bizarre texture, it can make it hard to actually get the cream to come out of the pump, so in this respect it would probably be worth buying a few smaller tubes instead rather than the large dispenser to make life easier when applying it. At times I could be using it, then suddenly it would completely stop producing anything, and needed a lot of shaking up to break up the blob and make the cream eventually start working again, which can be really annoying.
Another important factor to me and something that other eczema sufferers will agree with is the smell, there are some pretty foul smelling creams out there. When you have to cover yourself in the stuff daily you don't want people wondering what that strange smell is whenever you go near to them. Doublebase passes this test as it smells alright, obviously it's not fragranced but smells much like what you would hope of a moisturiser and is definitely 'socially acceptable'. The texture is also just that of a standard moisturiser, it isn't greasy and is smooth, but also very, very thin which wasn't what I wanted it to be at all as a thin moisturiser just sinks straight in to dry skin.
So quite a few gripes there, but the most important thing is what it actually does for my skin, and unfortunately it's a let down in this way too. I read a lot about it before buying, both reviews and official information and based on them it seemed to be just what I was after, a cream that stayed on the skin keeping it moisturised without being thick and greasy. However, it was almost no different to my usual moisturiser, and just allowed my skin to dry up again. The only difference being that it left a sort of thin moist layer on the skin for a very short time after, but this didn't actually moisturise the skin and wasn't apparent unless I actually touched the skin where I had applied the cream. As the gel pump only lasted just over a week and a half and I can get around 3 weeks from one Diprobase pump of the same capacity I decided not to buy another and have switched back to Diprobase and continue to look for that missing link.
I live in hope!
We use Doublebase for eczema as we all suffer from it in our house and can be used anywhere on the body and don't have to use that much at a time it soaks into the skin and doesn't have any fragrance or perfume in it so is good for allergies although is doesn't have a scent it does tend to have a kind of clinical clean smell about it.
I would put it on about 2-3 times a day if it was very bad. We get the big 500g tub of it so what I do find it difficult to get all the cream out of it so have to take the pump lid off and shake it but it does last a long time. If you can't get it on prescription then I'm not sure how much it is exactly but I have heard it is about £7-10.Its a nice good thin cream that soothes itchy and inflamed skin that is red I have always noticed thicker creams can be messy and have to use a lot more to get the result your want and can be difficult to rub in. This cream is delicate and brilliant cream to put on quickly if you're in a rush.
My littlest boy has had permanently dry skin since he was born, which he has inherited from me. I thought rather than get him his own remedy i would just apply moisturising products and my E45 cream.
We ended up seeing the nurse because he had a rash. The rash turned out to be foliculitis which is an infection of the hair follicles, which was probably picked up from him scratching his dry skin. Cue mummy guilt.
The nurse ended up prescribing this cream for him which i had never heard of before, but i was willing to give it a go. He was even willing to put it on by this stage as he was quite itchy.
It is in a tube, and looks a lot like any other moisturiser. It is not as thick as something like E45, so i found it a lot easier to get my son to stand still while i applied it. Hard work when you are 2 to stand still for more than a second.
I applied it mainly to his torso, and his armpits which had become cracked and inflamed. Within a few days of applying it twice a day (morning and straight after his evening bath) i found that his dryness had disappeared completely. I took him back to see the nurse after 2 weeks, and she was impressed by the dramatic improvement to his skin. Even the cracks had healed up.
I have now been given a repeat prescription for him. I have not kept applying it as frequently, but i monitor his skin now and i have managed to stop it cracking again through application of this cream.
I have been very impressed. I was imagining i would end up with some oilatum or coal tar product for his skin, but things have definitely moved on.
A great cream. Handy sized tube to fit in the nappy bag or medicine cabinet, absorbs into the skin really well, and it works quickly. Easy to use on even the wriggliest of 2 year olds. I gave it 5 stars for effectiveness but knocked a mark of as the cream got used up too quickly.
It seems like in most reviews I do, eczema is right up there at the forefront. My baby daughter suffered quite badly from it, although she only has occasional flare ups now, so I can finally be a little less careful with the products that we can use at home. However, although it is usually her that I am concerned with, in this case the review will be about me. I also suffer from eczema. Mine stems from a pollen allergy, so I only really suffer between May and September but if any of you know what eczema is like, you will have an idea about the condition of my skin when it strikes.
At the moment it is at the stage where a recent flare up is settling down. The itch is minimal, but the skin on my hands is hard and bumpy now from the previous few weeks of scratching it. Annually I will have to use a steroid cream to get it under control. There have been a few of these over the years that the doctor has prescribed, but no one wants to use a steroid very often, so he prefers that I try and deal with the itching and flakiness with intense moisturisation. This works to a degree. Meaning that one week of steroid cream is usually enough to get me through my allergy season.
The cream (Or actually they call it a gel) is "Doublebase" and due to the amount of this stuff that I need, I am prescribed a 500g tub of it that has a squirty dispenser. So this review is based on that, and not the one you see in the picture. However it is essentially the same stuff. I just need much larger quantities.
What it is
The blurb for Doublebase calls it "A highly moisturising and protective hydrating gel for regular and frequent use in the management of dry or chapped skin conditions, which may also be itchy and inflamed"
As you can imagine from my brief description above, this is exactly what I suffer from. If you scratch your hands enough, the skin starts to resemble a lizard, and unfortunately that's what my hands look like most of the summer. Because they are also scratched and chapped, any moisturiser with a scent (almost all of your typical handbag ones) will make the situation worse for me. Even the "unscented" ones appear to have some sort of ingredients that create more lumps and bumps there.
If you'd asked me what Doublebase was, I'd have told you it was a cream, but now having seen that the tub calls it a gel, and having bounced it around inside and watch it wobble like Jelly, I can confirm that this isn't a cream. It is too oily.
There's no point in telling someone with a skin condition that a little goes a long way. The fact is that dry skin will drink in the moisture quicker than you have time to apply it. This is why I go through so much of this stuff. The directions on the back are clear:
* Before use, turn the pump dispenser clockwise to release it.
* The same instructions apply to adults, the elderly, babies and children. Gently apply Doublebase to the affected areas as often as necessary.
* Doublebase may also be applied before washing, showering or having a bath in order to prevent further drying out of the skin.
Now, let me tell you about my experience of the last one! I had applied Doublebase a few hours before I had a bath one evening and I slipped and slid around the tub.. So I won't be doing that again in a hurry!
I do slap this on several times a day. My problem is really my hands, but if I have an event coming up where I will be wearing a dress or skirt, it is tremendous stuff for smoothing knees and ankles. A few nights beforehand, slather yourself in it before you go to bed and I would guarantee that you will have soft limbs that you've never experienced before. It is fairly intense as a moisturiser.
This is for dry skin all over the body, but there is one place that I have never tried it, and that's my face. The reason for this is that I have combination skin there, and when you use Doublebase, it leaves like an oil barrier on the skin. It locks the moisture on your dry skin, but if I personally used this on my face I would imagine it would cause a break out by blocking my pores. It would probably be absolutely fine for someone who had very dry facial skin.
I wouldn't typically include the ingredients in a review, but if you're considering Doublebase then you've probably been diagnosed with some sort of skin condition, be it psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and in that case the ingredients become very important in case something in there will cause a flare up. In doublebase the active and inactive ingredients are listed separately.
Isopropyl Myristate 15% w/w
Liquid Paraffin 15& w/w
Glycerol, Carbomer, Sorbitan Laurate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Purified Water.
As a moisturiser, it's the only one I would use, and I would happily use it on my toddler daughter when she is having an outbreak of flaky skin too. It is excellent, and it really works. But don't expect a lovely smell. It doesn't really smell of anything. That's the best way for me. My skin can't handle scents very well.
5/5 marks from me.
For dry chapped skin conditions which may be pruritic or inflamed.