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Brand: Boots / TYpe: Calamine Lotion / Dosage Form: Lotion

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      18.01.2014 09:13
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      this has saved my skin so many times, literally

      Boots Calamine Lotion is the unsung hero of my medicine cabinet. I don't have any known, life-threatening allergies but sometimes I do have allergic reaction to house dust or prawns. The way my body reacts to my allergies is to produce patches of heat rashes throughout my body that wouldn't go away for like a week, even if I take allergy and hay fever tablets.


      Luckily, I've always known since I was little that I can always rely on calamine lotion to sort it out. The purpose of calamine lotion is to sooth minor skin rashes and irritation, basically to stop anyone with allergies from scratching themselves and making the condition worse. Anyone who has suffered from skin allergies know that the urge to scratch even though you know it's painful but you still do it because it's unbearable; this is when calamine lotion saves my skin literally.


      I've only ever bought calamine lotion from boots, since it's convenient. For what it does, it is unbelievably cheap. It's £1.09 for 200 ml bottle and since I only use it whenever I have skin rashes, which is rare thankfully, they last for a long time. It does have an expiration date but it last for a couple of years.


      The lotion itself has a milky pinkish colour and it's has quite a runny consistency. The smell isn't pungent but as a medicine it wouldn't be fragrant either; strangely since it helps me to feel better, I've become to associate this weird medicinal smell as nice. It contains calamine 15% w/v and zinc oxide 5% w/v, which are active agents to sooth the rashes.


      The bottle needs to be shaken thoroughly before each use since the solution tends to settle at the bottom if I haven't been using it for a while. I apply using a cotton bud to the areas affected and leave it air-cool, it'll leave a white patch of skin so if it's in the exposed area, it wouldn't look nice. However, if I have a skin rash, looking nice is really the last thing on my mind.


      Also, this lotion will be useful for sunburn although I've only ever used it once on my nose.


      All in all, this is without a doubt, a medicinal lotion that will always take permanent resident in my medicine cabinet.

      Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) xx

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      06.02.2013 11:50
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      brilliant lotion - definitlely recommend

      Is it just me or are doctors a little bit useless at times?! Last november I picked up my daughter from nursery for her to reveal to me she had some spots on her tummy...uh oh. Looking at her then looking at her nursery teacher we both came to the dreaded conclusion = chicken pox. Of course just to make sure I booked a doctors appointment for the nearest slot which was 2 days away so in the mean time I popped into Boots after leaving her with gran for the afternoon after my mum and sister both recommended dabbing some calamine lotion on her spots. As it then transpired when we did eventually get to see the doctor he shrugged his shoulder and said "I'm not sure it looks like chicken pox to me I guess" I was not impressed! After telling him I was using calamine lotion on her spots he said "oh yeah thats good! keep using that!" I realised it was actually a waste of time taking my unwell child to the drs seeing as I was doing everything perfectly fine!

      Boots calamine lotion comes in a clear, 200ml basic glass bottle with a screw top lid. Described as "for the relief of minor skin rashes and irritation" the chemist behind the pharmaceutical counter in boots told me it would aid the itchiness of the chickenpox but not actually clear the virus itself so recommended some other medicinal products to help with that (which I won't go into in this review!).

      The lotion is a light pink, oaty kind of liquid which is really thick and comes out in a thick, yoghurt kind of consistency. It takes a lot of shaking at first as it tended to settle and then I could not use it as much. It has a smell which is hard to describe but is very mild and it is not the most appealing of smells but quite distinct to calamine lotion.

      We applied this by dipping a cotton bud into the bottle and then dabbing it on her spots so as to apply it effectively to the targeted area. This was easy enough to do, and during her baths at night I would pour a small amount in so it could spread and she could soak her body in it so as to soothe her skin. Touch wood, my daughter was actually really fortunate and an absolute angel and did not scratch her spots at all! I remember having chicken pox as a child and itching like crazy so I was impressed that she handled them so well. Looking at her she was perfectly well most of the time just she was covered in spots on her tummy and legs! Whilst I can't say 100% that the lotion worked to reduce the itchiness I would say it was brilliant at healing her skin and her spots remained very small and faded really quickly as she only had a bout of chickenpox for a week or so.

      This bottle costs only £1.09 (or 109 boots points!) so for me it was excellent value and an absolute lifesaver since our doctor was not helpful at all! I would definitely recommend it for anyone with little sufferers for chickenpox as it was really good in our case and doesn't break the bank!

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        04.02.2013 22:11
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        Every house should have a bottle

        Every house should have a bottle of this, it is a stable part of most families' medicine cabinets, not only when I was a kid but nowadays too.

        My parents always had this around when I was a kid due to its amazing powers when I had measles and chicken pox as a child. I do not remember as a kid it being used for anything else other than that reason but now as a parent I have used this to provide relief from minor rashes and skin irritation. It also works on sun burn, spots amazingly, eczema (mild version). Its main use has been when the onslaught of chicken pox hit our household, everyone was covered from head to foot in the stuff. It is slightly pink in colour and when it dries it goes a little chalky, it doesn't take long to dry though and it does give immediate relief. The effects do not always last that long but if they start to fade, you can always re-apply the lotion. My daughter had an allergic reaction to a plant in our garden and her face went all blotchy and swollen, I used this lotion and within a few hours it had settled down.

        This comes into its own when applying it to sun burn, trying to rub cream in when your skin hurts is never fun, this lotion is cool and sooths the burn plus you dab it on with either cotton wool or tissue (although I do find tissue tends to disintegrate a bit, cotton wool is much better). Although the bottle does warn you to keep out of the reach of children, also the dangers of swallowing it, they haven't seen fit to put a child friendly cap on the bottle, I am sure the medicinal smell might put them off drinking it though. This is a cheap and cheerful product, you can pick a bottle up from Boots for just over £1, and there is no difference between Boots version and any other brand of calamine lotion. Well worth having a bottle handy....just in case.

        Calamine lotion ingredients include Purified water, glycerol, benonite, sodium citrate, phenol, calamine and zinc oxide.

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          24.04.2012 14:40
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          A fantastically soothing calamine lotion from Boots.

          I got married last year and it was a glorious day for the month that I got married in. I was not expecting it to be almost 25 degrees and while I was aware it was sunny it was a shock when I ended my wedding day and spent my first month being married suffering the after effects of sunburn! My husband suffered also and when speaking to my Mum about this she suggested calamine lotion. I promptly picked up a bottle and this was packed in my suitcase for our honeymoon destination.

          A 200ml bottle of this calamine lotion from Boots is just £1.05 at present and I believe it was around this price when I purchased mine. This is a very reasonable price for 200ml as a little does go a long way with this lotion.

          This is a pale pink coloured lotion and is very easy to use. I apply mine using cotton wool pads or even some toilet roll if I do not have anything better to hand. The smell of this is a bit medicinal but this does not put me off and really makes me feel like this is going to work wonders for me - as it often does!

          When I applied this to my bad sun burn I felt that it was soothing straight away. The relief that I felt was amazing and because this is not like a greasy cream it lasts for ages and is more difficult to lift off my skin. This is a positive though as I wanted to stay soothed for as long as possible and this lotion definitely helps me to achieve that.

          The redness of my skin was drastically improved by the second day of my honeymoon which meant that I did not have to worry about my photos being ruined by hideous bright red shoulders! I felt soothed using this and it definitely worked more effectively than the Boots after sun lotion I used in the past which was good but not as long lasting as this.

          Calamine has a number of uses and can be used for rashes and irritation and this can be used by adults and children making it a fantastic product to keep in the house, particularly as its a bargain price!

          As it is coming up to the sun burn season again I will be using a decent sun cream and then using this instead of after sun. I would definitely recommend it, particularly if you have small children as this is fantastic for the treatment of chicken pox.

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          05.04.2012 18:08
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          a chicken pox essential

          Calamine Lotion is a medicinal product which is designed to be applied directly to the skin. It has many uses but its main use is to treat skin issues such as sunburn, chicken pox, bites and stings and also eczema. It is also used as an antiseptic to avoid infection occuring by scratching an irritated area of skin.

          ~Boots Calamine Lotion~

          Boots offer a cream and a lotion calamine. The lotion is presented in a glass bottle with screw cap (no child safety lock) and has a basic information label wrapped around it. It contains 15% calamine and 5% zinc oxide as well as glycerol, water, sodium citrate, bentonite and phenol.

          This calamine lotion is suitable for both adults and children but you must be at least 16 to purchase it. Calamine lotion should be applied directly to the irritated area of skin as and when it is required. Care should be taken to ensure no lotion is ingested.

          This calamine lotion can be purchased from Boots and from www.boots.com. A 200ml bottle is priced at £1.05.

          ~Our Experience~

          Calamine lotion has been prescribed and recommended to my family on several occasions and is a product I remember from my childhood as I have always had dodgy skin. Most recently, our local Boots prescribed this to my son alongside a hayfever oral solution when he had chicken pox. My sister informs me that the cream is much better but once we had returned home, we weren't out near the chemist for a few days to purchase the cream.

          This calamine lotion is tinted pink and has quite a thin, milky consistency - very liquidy and has the potential to make quite a mess if knocked over! The lotion has a slight metallic scent which doesn't last long when on the skin. When my son had chicken pox a few weeks ago, he had them over his back, tummy and his face. He mainly had them in the winky area which proved to me most irritating for him.

          Applying this lotion was fairly easy and I used numerous cotton buds to avoid mess.I simply dipped the end of the cotton bud into the neck of the bottle and allow a decent amount of lotion to gather on the bud. I then applied it directly onto each spot - this is time consuming but totally worth it to avoid my son being annoyed and itchy. The lotion dries almost instantly as it makes contact with the skin and leaves a white dot over the spot - my son actually found this amusing as he resembled one of those join the dot puzzles!

          I found this lotion is be gentle on my sons sensitive skin but it did dry it out a little with regular use. Within seconds of applying this to his spots, my son appeared soothed and less agitated. The itching stopped and as a result, he hasn't ended up with any nasty scars from scratching. The lotion didn't transfer to sheets or clothing despite being applied a few times throughout the day. It washes off the skin with ease. Applying this before my son went to bed with his pull up on didn't have any ill effects and the white dots still appeared noticeable the following day.

          One bottle was far too much to be used on my son during the time his spots were visible though if your household has quite a few occupants, a 200ml sized bottle would be perfect to have when several come down with the chicken pox. I have used this in the past for other conditions. A few years ago I went to the doctors with a bad rash which turned out to be Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and this was prescribed then. I found it to be brilliant for my skin and it did take the sting out an itch and therefore make me more comfortable. It is incredibly cooling once it makes contact with skin and soothes any irritation.

          I don't have eczema or dermatitis but I do have lots of spots on my arms (since childhood) and they often flare up so this lotion is a much cheaper and gentler option than some other medicinal products. It is incredibly soothing for burnt skin as well and works out much cheaper than regular after sun.

          ~Conclusion~

          As you can see, this calamine lotion is very effective and is a multi purpose product. It is super cheap and performs very well giving long lasting relief from various skin problems. I can highly recommend it. It has served us well and we wouldn't hesitate to purchase another bottle should we need too.

          Thanks for reading :)

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