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I have had eczema since childhood, and over the years I have been prescribed various different emollient oils and creams. For the past few years I have been using Cetraben emollient cream and I have found it to be the best one that I have tried, to date.
My GP prescribes the 500ml size, which comes in an upright plastic bottle with a chunky pump dispenser on top. The pump dispenser is great, as it means there is no fiddling around with greasy screw caps. Obviously 500ml is a large size, and the product is available in smaller pump action bottles. I have never had these on prescription, but I have bought them from pharmacies in the past so that I have a smaller pack to take away with me if I am travelling. Now, I usually just save a small empty jar (e.g. moisturiser jar) and fill it from the pump on the large bottle. Saves money!
I use the cream in the morning after I have showered. It feels a little greasy when you first put it on, but sinks in fairly quickly so you can dress a few minutes later. The cream has a good long-lasting moisturising effect, and I really notice if I don't use it for a few days as I quickly develop dry and scaly patches. Regular use of the Cetraben helps to prevent my eczema flaring up and becoming more of a problem (broken skin, etc.).
I also sometimes use a bit of Cetraben instead of hand cream when I'm at home, and it's great for that as well. So far I haven't developed any reactions to it, which has been a problem for me in the past with other emollients such as aqueous cream.
THE PRODUCT: During the winter I tend to suffer from bad spouts of Eczema and this year has been particularly bad with patched on my legs, arms and chest area. These areas are dry and can get very itchy and it got the stage where I was scratching them so much that they started to bleed. I went to see my doctor and she prescribed me some of this cream which relives dry skin and eczema. This cream is moisturising and protecting and relives symptoms such as red, inflammation, dry and chapped skin. The main ingredient in this product is white soft paraffin which is a product used in a lot of eczema and dry skin products. This cream works by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin which helps to lock in moisture and to stop water evaporating from the skins surface. This cream also contains glycerine which is absorbed into the skin helping it to retain water where it’s needed the most. I was hoping that this cream was going to help my eczema or at least relieve the itching.
PRICE: I managed to purchase this from my local pharmacy but I believe you can purchase it from Boots stores as well. The cream comes in a range of different sizes which I have listed below.
• 50g Bottle - £1.99
• 150g Bottle - £5.45
• 500g Pump Bottle - £9.25
• Bath Additive - £9.38
IN USE: For best results they suggest using the lotion after a bath which helps to lock in moisture and apply this 2-3 times a day for best results; although I realise this may not always be possible. Even when your eczema goes they suggest continue using product although you can reduce this to once a day. This cream is quite thick and a little goes a long way. It has no scent to it and it’s easy to apply. I have been using this cream all over my body, especially on my legs, shoulders and chest where I am currently suffering from dry skin. I did apply the cream straight after the bath and I didn’t get any itching at all from the product before going to bed. In the morning my eczema didn’t seem to look that much different so I continued using this cream applying it at least twice a day (morning and evening). In all honesty the lotion did help to relieve some of my dry skin but it didn’t really improve the appearance of my eczema a great deal. I was disappointed by this as I desperately wanted to get rid of the dry, scaly skin on my legs, arms and chest. For some people this probably works a lot better but for me it wasn’t great.
OVERALL: It helped to relieve itching but it didn’t do much else.
My daughter has eczema and it seems everytime we get a new prescription for her I end up with a different brand of emollient. To me they all do the same.
Our most recent offering was Cetraben. The bottle I have is 500g and it has a pump.
The cream is described as an emollient cream containing white soft paraffin and liquid paraffin.
The cream is said to relieve dry skin and eczema by moisturising and adding a protective layer. It helps to relieve the symptoms of dry and chapped skin.
To use the cream you apply to the dry areas as and when required rubbing in gently.
There are various warnings on the bottle the obvious about not using the cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. It also tells you that the cream can cause redness and a rash as a side effect although this is rare.
My daughter only has eczema on her hands and in the little folds in her wrists. It gets really dry and needs moisturising frequently because with her constantly washing her hands and playing she gets really dry and now with the winter and her wearing long sleeve tops her skin gets really irritated.
The cream is easy to dispense and you don't need to depress it fully to get the cream out. It is a really thick cream and white in colour. It spreads into the skin with ease and leaves a thin glistening layer. The cream has no smell.
After using this my daughter tells me her skin doesn't itch as much. This is good as an emollient but it doesn't last very long compared to another emollient we tried last time. I have to reapply this frequently and as a result the bottle doesn't last very long.
I still prefer the ointment the Doctor gave her last time this just didn't seem rich enough for the dry itchy eczema she has.
When my children were younger they both suffered with Eczema, happily they have both mostly grown out of it. My Son still suffers with dry skin, which if not properly hydrated can flare up and my Daughter still has small patches of Eczema in her joints.
Diprobase cream was and still is the cream my Son uses to control and treat his Eczema. Unfortunately my Daughter was allergic to Diprobase and we had to find a more suitable emollient cream, after a few unsuccessful emollients the one we settled on was Cetraben.
As my daughter is 12 she still qualifies for free prescriptions (no doubt that will change) so we have the large 500g tub with a pump for dispensing. Cetraben can also be easily found and brought online and in chemists. A 50g pack is £3.39, 150g is £8.98, 500g is £10.44 and a 1kg is £18.65. If you use a lot of this cream is makes sense to have the larger tubs as we do, but this is not always practical for taking out and about so the smaller packs are handy.
My daughter applies this cream each morning and just before bed to her joints, it helps lock moisture into her skin, this helps prevent the skin becoming inflamed, dry and itchy. I prefer my daughter to primarily use an emollient cream as long term use of steroid creams thins the skin. Cetraben keeps her Eczema under control as long as she remembers to use it daily; if her skin suffers a flare up it takes the Cetraben a few days to bring it back under control.
Cetraben can also be used in the bath or shower as a soap substitute, something my daughter only does when we are away from home as this saves on taking lots of bath and shower products away with us or if her skin is having a very dry patch. When used as a soap substitute the Cetraben becomes quite milky and smoothes over the skin easily, it produces no foam and rinses easily from the skin leaving it feeling moisturised. Be warned though it can leave the shower feeling slippy.
One press of the pump dispenser releases quite a good amount of cream, enough usually to moisturise an arm or leg. As with all emollient cream Cetraben does take quite a bit of massaging in to the skin, something my daughter found very soothing when she was young as the rubbing motion soothed her itchy Eczema.
I happily use Cetraben as a daily moisturiser for my hands; I think this is because it is readily available around the house. There is a large tub in the bathroom so it is convenient to rub a bit in after hand washing; something my skin appreciates in this cold weather. I find the Cetraben to be quite a creamy emollient, more like a regular moisturiser, it is non scented and unlike Diprobase it does not smell medicated to be honest it does not smell of anything much. With a little encouragement the Cetraben sinks into the skin and leaves it feeling soft and not greasy.
I find this to be a great emollient cream, it is light and non greasy and is great for my daughters Eczema as she can not use other emollient creams.
Thank you for reading.
Cetraben emollient is primarily a cream for eczema sufferers, it can be bought over the counter or prescribed by a GP. I use Cetraben regularly because I suffer from atopic eczema, there are different forms of eczema but this is the most common.
Atopic eczema is a condition which is said to affect around 10% of the population. Unfortunately for us eczema suffers there is not a cure so it is a matter of learning how to manage the symptoms which can be different from person to person and also vary in severity. The oily barrier of the skin (the lipid) is impaired in those with eczema which results in an increase of moisture loss so this means there is a constant issue with dry skin along with a tendency towards inflammation flare ups. Stress can play a part in causing a flare up of eczema as well as substances which aggravate the skin and become a trigger such as certain chemical ingredients in toiletry, cosmetic or cleaning products.
The advice I was given by a dermatologist was to keep the skin moisturised in order to help prevent dryness and the risk of inflammation, to identify and avoid triggers (these can be different for each of us), to moisturise continually during a flare up and moisturise again afterwards to help restore and heal the skin. This means an awful lot of moisturising! I was prescribed Cetraben along with a similar emollient Diprobase. The steroid creams were not effective for my eczema so I rely entirely upon the emollients and loyally follow the dermatologist's advice. I have found the regular moisturising is very effective in keeping eczema flare ups much more at bay and then when they do arise they are less extreme and long lasting.
Cetraben is a white, very basic cream containing light liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin and natural glycerine. I would say its consistency is like a thick lotion, it is lighter than Diprobase so I find it ideal for use during the summer months. Cetraben is unfragranced, there is simply a very subtle clean and fresh scent to it. I find it absorbs into the skin very quickly without being sticky, greasy or watery in any way. Cetraben leaves my skin softened and protected. I apply it quite liberally after a shower or bath and use it regularly as a hand cream throughout the day. Occasionally I will add a little sweet almond or jojoba oil as I have discovered oils blend easily and this can create a more luxurious and nourishing moisturiser when needed.
During an eczema flare up I find applying Cetraben emollient helps to reduce that dreaded desire to scratch and it also provides a cooling and calming action. I can feel confident that however sore my skin may be at times, it will never irritate. There are many straightforward and dermatologically tested emollients on the market such as E45 but I find most still manage to aggravate my skin to some extent because they are either too greasy, watery or it may be to do with certain additives.
Cetraben is available in a variety of sizes. The largest is a 1050g pump dispenser which would be useful in the bathroom. It dispenses 10g of emollient into your hand. The 500g pump dispenser, which is the size I have, is ideal for convenient use around the the home, it dispenses 4g. I love the pump dispenser action because it is quick and efficient, the emollient is always clean and there isn't the need for replacing caps or lids. There are two smaller pump dispensers, 150g and 50g, both dispense 1g and are handy sizes for handbags or school bags.
Everyone's skin is different, but I recommend trying Cetraben if you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or have sensitive skin. I find it to be a gentle and reliable moisturiser. It isn't too heavy so can be used as a body lotion but is also rich enough to soften and soothe the skin during an eczema flare up. The pump dispenser containers are practical and convenient. I give Cetraben 5/5.
Thanks for reading :)
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We were originally introduced to Cetraben Cream when we had a referral to the dermatology department at our local hospital for our little lad. He suffers from eczema but when he was being bullied at school and his stress levels increased, he became much worse. All the itching and scratching became a lot worse and he ended up with impetigo. The dermatologist prescribed tubs and tubs of Cetraben Emollient Cream to see if it did him any good, whilst the clinic carried out a huge range of 'allergy tests' to the skin all over the poor little mite's back.
We did not buy this cream from a pharmacy as it was given to us on prescription for the little lad and obviously this came free, as he was only six at the time. He was scratching very badly so the doctor also gave him a course of strong steroids and antibiotics to help clear up the infection fro his impetigo. The impetigo cleared up quickly but I do not think that the Cetraben worked at all on relieving his itching and scratching symptoms. We went back to the clinic many times to be told that we needed to slather it on thicker. We had to use this thick white cream four to six times per day and he was covered from head to toe.
The cream was incredibly thick and had a very slight odour to it. I was told it contained liquid paraffin though I could hardly detect any smell. It sat on top of the skin and didn't soak in or absorb at all. The back of his knees, his elbows and his face and neck were the worst affected, but then it started to go onto his scalp and we hand to purchase special shampoo for his head.
He hated the cream and I used to think w ere torturing him and he pleaded with us not to use it. It was greasy and thick and he still itched and scratched no matter how diligent we were at applying it. Eventually the eczema cleared up of its own accord but I do not attribute this to the Cetraben at all. We still get the occasion tub on prescription for him now and I use it myself on my own poor skin. I also suffer from eczema though I actually find this cream works far better on me than it ever did on my little lad. It still feels greasy and thick but I find that it I apply it before bed and after a bath or shower then it doesn't feel so bad.
On the odd occasion we will still apply it to his shoulders when his eczema returns and now it seems to work better than it did when his condition was at its worst.
I am afraid I can only give this cream 2 stars as a parent I actually saw that it did no good to our lad at all when his eczema and itching skin was at its worst and as this seems to be what this cream is aimed at helping, then I think it is very poor indeed.
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I recently suffered from a bad case of eczema on my legs and when the doctor finally diagnosed it was eczema, I was prescribed some steroid cream along with a big pump bottle of Cetraben cream which I was to apply four times a day. I was shocked at the size of the cream, but after reading the information on the back I thought this must be a very good cream as it's specifically for dry skin such as eczema. The Emollient cream is moisturising and it protects the skin and relieves symptoms such as red, inflamed, damaged, dry and chapped skin, when associated with eczema. It states on the front of the pump bottle that the cream contains White soft paraffin and Light Liquid Paraffin, this gives the cream a slight odour of paraffin oil, how-ever I've not really noticed much of a small to this when using it. I was told to use the cream four times a day, how-ever it states on the back of the pump bottle to apply to dry skin areas as often as required. White Soft Paraffin works as a moisturiser but putting a layer of oil over the skin surface to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface which can cause dry skin conditions, which leads to itching and scratching, which can make the skin condition feel and look worse.
At first I wasn't sure of you could purchase this cream without a prescription, how-ever when asking at my local Boots store you can buy it in 3 different sizes. The large pump bottle which I got prescribed holds 500g of cream and will cost you approximately £10 without prescription. The pump bottle is an ideal size for me due to the amount of times I had to apply the cream all over my legs. I have how-ever found this cream in my local Direct Pharmacy for about £8.00 so I was really pleased I could get this somewhere else slightly cheaper than boots.
* ~ * USING THE CREAM * ~ *
I took the seal off of the pump bottle and turned the lid to the right, which is when the dispenser is open. I pressed on the pump and a little bit of white cream dispensed into my hand. The cream didn't look too thick, and I couldn't really smell anything from it. I rubbed the cream into my leg where I was experiencing dry skin. I didn't need to use too much of the cream, other-wise I would have been left with really white legs. The cream rubbed in easily and felt soft against my skin. Again I still couldn't really smell any kind of scent from the cream. The cream itself, did feel a little oily at first how-ever this soaked in and made my legs feel really soft and smooth. The itching I was experiencing had also been reduced as well which was a huge bonus. I was using this cream in between using the steroid cream the doctor prescribed me. After finishing the course of steroid cream, I have continued to sue the cream on my legs and other dry area's which have appeared. I always feel relief when I apply the cream as the itching soon goes away and my skin feels moisturised. Quite often I will apply the cream and wait a few minutes before putting on a pair of tracky bottoms whilst the cream soaks in some more. I often ask my boyfriend to apply to my back; how-ever he finds the cream quite oily so always washes his hands after. I used the cream all over my body as a moisturiser instead of my normal Nivea brand. I'm worried that my dry skin will come back which is why I have continued to use the cream, not only this but the cream is a fantastic moisturiser which is another reason why I've kept on using it. The cream does go down fairly quick, especially as I apply it about 3-4 times a day, how-ever I'm not bothered about the price of the product as I think it's worth it.
* ~ * OVERALL OPINION * ~ *
When I was suffering from dry skin I tried lots of different lotions and cream's and none of them seemed to relieve the itching or the dry skin I had. When I first started using the cream I was a bit optimistic and didn't think this would work very well, especially after trying so many different creams especially for eczema, I was how-ever surprised with the results. The cream makes my skin feel moisturised and smooth. It's s a sigh of relief to know, there is a product I can buy without prescription to treat my dry skin, especially if it happens to flair up again, fingers crossed it won't. If anyone is or suffers from eczema regularly I would highly recommend this cream. I found it really good and it's also very kind to my skin and doesn't leave it feeling tight and sore. I have to give this product 5 stars and it's just fantastic and helped soothed my skin.
(review also on ciao)
Cetraben Emollient Cream
I first came across this cream when working as a care assistant and was very impressed with the results of using it on residents that had dry skin or eczema. I was so impressed that I bought a tub from Amazon for me and the family to use to help keep our skin supple and smooth, as I have patches of dry skin that need moisuriser and this cream is brilliant at putting back the moisture in skin and improving the condition of it.
Cetraben Emollient Cream can be used on all the parts of the body and can be used as a substitute for soap. The tubes have a handy press down dispencer so you can just put a little on a sponge or flannel for using on your face or washing with in the shower.
You can pay anything from £7 - £8 for a 500g pump action dispencer and it is worth every penny in my opinion.
Cetraben Emollient Cream is used for Moisturising, soothing and protecting dry, damaged, inflamed or chapped skin, eg in eczema.
It contains a mixture of white soft paraffin and liquid paraffin with water and this helps to provide a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface.
Cetraben also contains glycerin, emulsifying wax, cetyl stearyl alcohol, butylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, phenoxetol, citric acid and purified water.
It is an external cream only and you have to avoid contact with the eyes and keep out of reach of children.
There are no known harmful effects when this medicine is used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, but it is always best to consult your doctor when pregnant or breastfeeding to ask if this is alright to use before self administering.
Cetraben Emollient Cream has great results and using daily will show you these results, I use it as a moisturiser and it smooths and softens the skin. It rehydrates the skin and keeps it supple and in good condition.
I have used this on residents in the care home for when they have had dried skin or eczema and have seen the results dramatically improve the condition of the skin within a week of using this cream on a daily basis.
It is something most care homes stock for their residents as it is such a good relaiable cream for its end results in the improved condition of the skin.
If you have dry, cracked or flaky skin due to eczema or just need to get your skin feeling soft and gentle then this cream will improve it's condition.
I would highly recommend it to you as it works better than any other moisturiser you can buy as it locks in moisture and softens and smooths dry skin.
A while ago I had painful dry skin on my face, due to over-exfoliating and not realising the product was way too harsh for my skin. This left my skin extremely dry, sore and in need of some urgent tlc. As it was a little damaged from the product I had used, a normal moisturiser really wasn't going to cut it, so my Mum did a little research for me and asked at the chemist what they had for really dry skin, and they suggested "Emollient cream" by Cetraben/Dermatological.
On the front of the packaging, it suggests it "Relieves dry skin and eczema". Although I do not suffer from eczema, I certainly did have very dry and painful skin on my face, and I also suffer with a dry patch on my leg so I was hopeful this product would do the trick.
The bottle this product comes in do vary, however my bottle was a 50g pump action container. I found I needed about 1/2 pumps per application, which I then applied on the damaged skin on my face. After finding it too painful to even apply make-up I was really hoping this product would sooth my skin and help it to repair, and after a few days thankfully it did just that.
As this was the first time I had suffered with such a problem on my face, I had never really heard of the term "Emollient" before. Through research I have found that emollients are elements which soothe and soften skin, and they are also commonly used in the manufacturing of make-up.
The formula of this cream is very greasy, meaning although it lathers the affected skin with creamy moisture, it wouldn't be suitable for everyday use in place of your normal moisturiser (if you wanted to use it on the face more regularly), as it may block pores being as it is so oily. It is also not as quick to sink in without trace as normal moisturisers, so this is best used on its own.
The actual product is white and isn't perfumed that I can tell, which makes it seem very natural and medicinal rather than synthetic smelling. It is probably quite similar to E45 products in that respect.
As well as it doing wonders for my skin, I have also since used this cream frequently on the skin on my leg which is often very dry. I have found that when I do use it on this area of skin, it does really help to improve it for the time being, however as soon as I take a bath or shower the problem returns, so I am yet to find a product which will cure this long term!
After my skin problems on my face, I also found another use for this product with what I had left with it. I had bought an expensive moisturiser from Estee Lauder which I found was way to dark for my skin tone (and lived an hour from Debenhams so wasn't able to return it). I found that by mixing the emollient cream with the foundation, I was able to lighten it so it matched my skin tone and also made it glide on my skin really easily.
I have since bought another 50g bottle of this, as for times when my skin is dry (particularly in the winter), this is the only product which seems to really heal skin as well as smooth it. I think it is a necessity for medicine cabinets as you never know when your skin might play up, and this is a definite solution. Although the skin on my leg is yet to be cured, what it did for the damaged skin on my face was really brilliant, as it helped to moisturise, sooth and repair the skin which is what I really needed. It is also a great treat to use occasionally to help boost moisture levels in the skin, which faces hardship with the make up application and removal it goes through on a daily basis.
If you are having a problem with dry skin, I would really recommend this cream. Dermatological are a brand that are trusted and renown for their skin care and research, and this product is no exception. Although I can't back up the claims that it heals eczema, as it is recommended by the chemist for such a purpose it is perhaps worth giving this a try if you suffer from that too.
Dermatological Cetraben Emollient Cream, can be found for about £7 in all chemists and also online (although I would recommend buying it in a chemist to be on the safe side).
I have had severe eczmea since I was two and have been using this after it was prescribed by my doctor when I was about 7. Before using this I used an emollient called epaderm, which is basically an extremely thick and greasy cream.
Compared to Epaderm, Cetraben is far superior, it does a decent job of moisturizing but it isn't nearly as greasy. However, because it isn't extremely greasy my skin can dry out a couple of hours after applying. Although it supposedly relieves dry skin and eczema I think it is better suited to mild eczema and moderately dry skin.
I find this emollient works best if I generously apply it after a shower all over and then re-apply it in the morning. I'll usually apply it at around lunchtime as well if my skin is very dry or it is in the winter.
This cream isn't irritating although you may want to be careful when applying it to open areas.
I would highly recommend this to anyone suffering from mild eczema and/or moderately dry skin although it may not be the best option for severe eczema yet it certainly does help. I hope this review helps any of you unfortunate enough to be suffering from eczema, hopefully they will find a cure one day!
To enable someone with skin problems to understand Cetraben's usefulness, it's helpful to understand a little about the conditions I suffered, and how Cetraben helped...
Cetraben came into my life about seven years ago, when an unfortunate encounter with a new body lotion led to a series of attacks of something called blephiritis (forgive any spelling error!). This is a kind of contact dermatitis on the eyelids.
What this meant for me was my upper and lower eyelids swelling, cracking, drying, splitting... it made it difficult to see sometimes, and the irritation meant I kept rubbing my eyes until the lids eventually were raw and difficult to open fully.
During the next few months I went through several types of emollient, anti-biotic and steroid creams/ointments, and was naturally rather stressed! I wondered if I would ever be "normal" again.
It was evident that, while the mild hydrocortisone was effective in reducing the swelling, it was not supporting my skin's healing and long term "calm-down" regime. Aqueous cream BURNED my skin, and what's more did not provide effective moisturisation. I tried several other emollients, all ineffective...!
I even recall one day at a country show, when I forgot to take anything, and the sun was hot. I was determined to enjoy the show for a few hours, so ended walking around with a pad of tissues clutched to my eyelids, regularly dousing it with water! I was rather tearful about this condition, and it "beating" me.
So after several visits, the GP prescribed Cetraben... one response: FABULOUS!
It still took a long time for the rebound reactions to die down (that is, every few weeks/months my eye lids would dry out, because I was outdoors for a few hours, or because I would forget to take my little tube of cetraben to work, or I would get that "hot" sensation and not apply the hydrocortisone soon enough to stop the reaction escalating...).
But it did die down over time. And the dermatologist admitted she didn't use anything else on her face...!
A few years later the reactions were somehow triggered once again, but hydrocortisone and cetraben work well to get this condition under control.
When my baby daughter developed an awful infantile eczema all over her body (terrible to see her suffer!), we went through the same set of pharmaceutical trials to find something that would suit her, but in the end, in sheer desperation, I tried Cetraben and it worked. The Health Visitor confirmed it was safe for her, and gave us a permanent repeat prescription. We both use this emollient all over after bathing, and it is wonderful.
It is rather expensive - approaching £9 retail for a 500 grams pump pack (there is a small tube available too), but if you can get a prescription, depending where you live, it can be free.
One thing I would say in caveat - everyone's skin is different. Your reaction to Cetraben could differ from mine, but I would strongly recommend anyone trying it if you have dry skin requiring moisture protection.
This product helps me keep control of my mild eczema so that I now rarely need to use cortisone cream on my legs. My skin is kept soft and supple. There is no nasty smell or stickiness, and it is easy to apply. I recommend it to anyone with mild eczema such as mine, or dry skin. I strongly suspect it would help with more severe cases but I do not have personal experience of that.