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A gel that dries my skin out
Goldshield Phorpain Gel
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Goldshield Phorpain Gel
Advantages: effective against muscle pain
Disadvantages: dries the skin
I suffer from back pain on and off. I did have a problem with the sacroileac joint in my lower back but after physio this cleared up. Although the joints are now in the right place, it has left some muscle weakness which flares up from time to time, especially if I have been exercising a lot. I don't really like taking too many painkillers so like to opt for topical pain relief whenever possible. My GP prescribed phorpain gel although you can also buy it over the counter for about £3 for 100ml.
The phorpain gel contains 10% ibuprofen which is stronger than many other on the market which contain only 5%. It is in a mixture with other ingredients including hydroxyethyl cellulose, sodium hydroxide, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and purified water.
To use the gel you simply squeeze an inch or so out of the tube and rub it into the affected area.
The gel is clear and fairly runny, it has a really strong smell of alcohol which I dislike a lot. It is really cold when you apply it which feels nice on the painful area and it is absorbed fairly quickly into the skin. The gel is fairly sticky and leaves a residue on my hands and back which needs to be washed off.
The gel works quite well to help my aches and pains. It takes around 10 minutes for the gel to have some effect and it has its maximum effect after 20 minutes or so. It works well in taking away the muscle pains and this relief works for a good few hours before I have to reapply the gel.
What I dislike about this gel is that because of the alcohol it dries my skin out and leaves it a bit flaky. This does not happen with all of the ibuprofen gels I use so it is my least favourite of all the different brands I have tried.
Although the phorpain gel works at removing pain, I would recommend that you go for a different brand which does not contain alcohol and is kinder on the skin.
Summary: not my favourite ibuprofen gel
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