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Dermol 500 is an over the counter (and for me, prescription, and thus free) emollient. An emollient is a cream that moisturises skin, and are often used to treat things like eczema and dermatitis as well as other skin conditions.
I personally have very many allergies. Dermol 500 is one of the few lotions (along with e45) that does not give me an allergic reaction. It has no preservatives, perfumes or colours.
Ingredients (from chemistdirect.co.uk.)
Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, both of which have moisturising properties
Benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine hydrochloride, which are antiseptics
Dermol 500 doesn't smell of anything. It's a white lotion. It rubs in quickly to skin with little residue after a few minutes. It moisturises my skin really well. It can also be used as an alternative to soap, both as shower gel, bubble bath and hand soap. Though Dermol have put out a separate product for shower gel (dermol 200), which I have as well. Dermol 500 is also available in a pump dispenser and I have this, shockingly, and I use it as an alternative to hand soap in the bathroom. I use it to clean my menstrual cup as well and I've had no problems with the products at all.
As I said, I have the dermol products on prescription. Because of my chronic illness I have free prescriptions and dermol falls under that. Without this, dermol 500 would cost £8.99 per bottle (again, chemistdirect.co.uk). The bottle contains five hundred millilitres of the lotion.
WHAT IS IT?
Dermol 500 lotion is an intensive moisturiser for people who have got skin conditions. It is given alot to children because it says it is gentle but will be effective.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You apply the lotion to clean skin and rub it in very well.
DOES IT WORK?
I do not think it works on my daughters eczema but when I have used some on my dry skin it is more effective but still does not remove the problem completely.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like the feel or texture of this lotion because it is very heavy and greasy. I thought that would be a good thing because it would give alot of relief but that is not true and it was more irritating for my daughter because of how heavy it laid on her skin. It is very hard to rub into the skin also and my daughter did not like for me to spend so much time running her affected areas.
My daughters skin looked worse than before I applied the lotion for a few minutes because where it is already red it goes even more red and flames up. I do not think it helps her to stop itching and sometimes when her eczema is very bad when I apply this is makes her skin feel warm to touch and that is not very nice for her.
My doctor gives us Dermal 500 lotion in a big bottle and because of my daughter been a child I do not have to pay anything for it, it is expensive to buy and I think it is a product that if you need it you should go to the doctor with your child and not because of the cost but because of the way it affects the skin and they should have something like that looked at by a professional.
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My daughter has had Eczema since she was afew months old. In the beginning it wasn't an issue as it was only very slight and wasn't a problem at all, it appeared literally as afew very tiny dry patches of skin on her arms. Fast forward 2 years later unfortunately that's no longer the case, and has been prescribed numerous different forms of topical ointments, lotions and steroids to help combat this skin issue. The latest lotion she's been using is this one. It can be bought over the counter, and for a 500 ml bottle, can cost between £8-13.00.
Why was this prescribed?
My daughter has had a really bad flare up during and after Christmas. Her current moisturising regime wasn't helping in regards to itching. She was ( and still is ) itching a lot and is quite aggressive with it. So there are many areas on her skin that has opened and bleeding due to scratch marks. Although there was no sign of infection, one of the nurses that saw her was concerned about the possibility of infections attacking the skin, so as a precaution, this product (and the bath equivalent ) was given. Also, it was thought it could decrease the itchiness of her skin.
What is it? What is it supposed to it?
This product is an antimicrobial emollient which is designed to help skin conditions such as Eczema and Dermatitis. It helps towards combatting the dry and itchy elements to these skin conditions.
Children with Eczema are more prone to skin infections due to certain bacteria's that seem to thrive on skin suffering with this condition. Throw into the mix open and wounded skin due to scratching, means a product like this can help combat this because if it does get infected, could make the skin become much worse and further medication could be needed e.g topical or swallowed antibiotics.
How is it packaged?
This product comes in a 500ml pump dispensing bottle, pale green in colour. No frills, nothing special to look at but on the front it provides the product name and what type of skin it's suitable for.
On the back it gives you basic instructions for use and ingredients list.
The bottle comes in a rectangular cardboard box, with the information, look and format mirroring the bottle itself.
How to use
This product can be used as a lotion or instead of a soap product in the bath or shower.
As a lotion-
Apply to affected areas and massage into skin until its fully absorbed. Use and repeat as often as needed.
As a bathing product-
No real instructions on how to use this in this manner, but would assume you would rub onto wet skin and then wash off.
The active ingredients are Benzalkonium Chloride (0.1% w/w), Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride (0.1% w/w), Liquid Paraffin (2.5% w/w) and Isopropyl Myristate (2.5% w/w).
The other ingredients are Cetostearyl Alcohol, Macrogol Cetostearyl Ether (Cetomacrogol 1000), Phenoxyethanol and Purified Water.
My daughter's current routine
My daughter will have her Diprobase ointment applied more or less every few hours. After having her evening bath, which contains the Dermol bath treatment, I apply a thin layer of an anti fungal treatment that contains a mild form of steroid on the particularly raised areas of her Eczema. I leave her skin as it is for 20 minutes. In the meantime I'll put her in a nice warm and cosy dressing gown so she doesn't get too cold while she's waiting, and stick her in my bed watching TV. Then I'll place this lotion on her skin, and throw on her pj's. Around an hour, 2 hours later, she'll have her Diprobase ointment smothered all over her in a thick layer, nappy on , skinnies put on ( these are a set of a long sleeved top and long leggings she wears underneath her night clothes which helps to keep the moisture from her emollients in her skin and to encourage her not to scratch ) then pjs again.
How do we find it?
This was a very different product for my daughter's skin that neither of us were used to applying on her. It's something that she doesn't like at all for afew reasons. One of which it feels quite cold on her skin which she doesn't like, and it takes abit of time to work it into her skin.
Talking about working it into her skin, this is a huge issue for me. The product itself is white and is very typical in look and texture to a normal lotion. It has a fluidness to it but it's not watery. No smell. I warm this in my hands as much as possible to try and make it less cold on her skin, but when placing it on her skin, despite it being a lotion, I really have to rub it in rather than it sinking in easily. Even if using a small amount, you can see a visible white lotion on the skin that if left will just sit there, so I have to gently, without hurting her, smooth and coax this product over her to get it to soak in. This can't be done quickly. Her skin is very sore and rough in texture, some areas are red and open due to the scratching, so working anything into the skin takes time and extra care not to cause discomfort in my daughter but not to cause any actual damage.
When this product finally goes into the skin, it leaves her skin matt and appears quite lack luster. Again, something we're not used to as we deal on a day to day basis of grease and Vaseline type shiny covered bodies. To be fair, I don't notice her itching despite this not appearing to be as moisture packed as her other cream, and even more so after having a bath. On a plus side it's actually nice not to be covered, either myself or clothes, bedding, towels etc, with grease and I can simply wash my hands and move on to dressing my daughter without an issue.
This product is designed really to slot into my daughter's skincare routine for a short period. There haven't been any signs of infections, which may or may not have occurred anyway. The itchiness is still something that continues, mainly just before bed and during the night. And this is something that none of her products are helping to change during this time period. I've also been told she scratches mostly when she's just woken up from a nap at nursery, so possibly her body is becoming very warm and bringing on the itching. I'm also a strong believer that because this has been going on for such a long time now, a part of this is psychological, and because she's so used to this behaviour she does it automatically. Taking her mind off it while playing or just during the day in general is possible, but at night time mission impossible!
So for my daughter, this hasn't made a huge impact on her skin. This week it's being changed to something else ( sigh! ). As a general moisturiser for someone who doesn't have such a severe case of Eczema and probably has it in the typical areas e.g elbows, knees etc, this probably would be quite a good one for them, especially if the sufferer was an adult as the texture and the way it goes matt on the skin is much more easier to deal with when having to place clothes on afterwards. It's hard to comment on how successful this is in regards to fighting or preventing infections so I won't. But I would say this just isn't for my little girl.
Would I use this again?
No. Like many parents of Eczema suffering children will be told time and time again is this: one treatment my work for one child, but it may not work for another. This just isn't for us. In fact, I think the whole process of putting it on has created too much upset for her emotionally and I've tried to be as gentle as possible. But on a practical level, even if this did work for my daughter, getting it into her poorly skin is just too much and to top it off it hasn't changed her skin or how it behaves. This may not be great for us, but maybe for others. Back to the drawing board.......
( Currently looking at diet, ways to keep my daughter cooler while sleeping, drinking more water to keep her skin more supple, ways to induce sleep to encourage a more productive shut eye time but in a natural way-maybe aromatherapy, getting a dehumidifier to ensure the air in the home is at the right levels etc. The list goes on and on! ).
Dermol is an antimicrobial emollient cream for the management of dry and itchy skin conditions, like eczema and dermatitis. It can also be used as a soap substitute. (Description taken from the bottle)
My 9 month old son is suffering from terrible eczema at the moment. He has had it all his life and it has cleared up nicely on his arms and legs with this Dermol cream. However he is suffering badly with it on his stomach and back and unfortunately this Dermol cream isn't working for him in these areas.
I still use this cream on his legs and arms as much as I can to keep him moisturised. This comes in a 50g tube, which is great to take round with you in your bag, it has a screw top lid and it is easy to squeeze out of the tube. It also comes in a 500g bottle, with a pump on the top, which is what I get now from the doctors, as I use so much of it on my sons skin. The pump bottle is really easy to use, but it is too heavy and bulky to take out and about with you, so I use this to fill up my tube of Dermol to keep in my bag.
This Dermol cream is white in colour, and isn't too thick, but it is not runny at all either. It comes out in a nice blob with the pump and it smooths over my babies skin really nicely. I find I have to use quite a lot of it to cover his skin, and it is quite hard to completely rub in. It does sit on his skin, and I tend to smother him in it thick when he sleeps for a nap, and after half an hour it has completely soaked in well. His skin feels so soft and moisturised after using this Dermol on his skin. If you leave it on his skin for a minute or two, then try rubbing it in, it goes quite greasy, but not as thick and seems easier to spread and rub in easier.
This has really cleared up his eczema on his arms, legs and also his face. You have to be careful kissing them after using this, as it lingers on the skin for hours, and his cheeks taste horrible when I kiss him!
This has not worked on his eczema on his back or stomach, but it is really bad eczema at the moment, even smothering this on all day long, it is not working at all. It is keeping it from going really dry and sore but it is not clearing it up, so we are using other products from the doctors for this now. This Dermol also comes in a lotion, which we use as a soap in the bath, as other products irritate his skin. This feels really smooth and nice on his skin, and cleans him well.
I would highly recommend this Dermol if you suffer from dry skin or eczema, it keeps you well moisturised, I always rub it into my hands after applying it to my son and it is really helping my eczema I have on my hands too. It is a lovely moisturiser but it does take a while to sink in if you put it on thick, and can leave your hands slightly greasy too. I will continue to use it and definitely recommend you try it if you have dry skin!
Since being diagnosed with the silly auto-immune illness I've contracted and which I regrettably seem to keep banging on about, I've been medically advised to use lots of Dermol Lotion on the damaged areas of my skin which my condition has caused. On an almost day-to-day basis, my skin will adversely react to many different types of food (particularly fruit, vegetables, spicy foods and wholemeal bread) causing small raised bumps to appear, which are prickly and itchy (this isn't an allergy - it's a symptom of the illness I have). It's also very difficult to wear most types of clothing, as even the slightest friction from various fabrics irritates my skin, rendering it quite dry and sore. It has been the thinking of the hospital that the Dermol Lotion will help alleviate my prickly/itchy/irritated/sore skin, together with giving anti-microbial protection and providing much needed moisture to the affected areas.
Upon being discharged from hospital last summer, I was given (amongst other things) a couple of containers of Dermol 500 Lotion, being advised to liberally apply it at least three times per day to the problem areas of my skin.
Dermol 500 Lotion can be purchased in most, if not all chemist shops, and is available over the counter as well as on prescription. It comes in a rather fat, attractive looking pale green rigid plastic bottle and has a white plastic pump dispenser on the top. I have found that in some places where I've obtained my Dermol, the plastic bottle is inside of a cardboard box of the same colour, yet in other places the bottle is unboxed. If the bottle is boxed, there is always a paper leaflet inside giving instructions for use together with a list of ingredients and manufacturer's contact details, but if the bottle is unboxed, the less detailed ingredients, instructions for use etc. appear on the label and although briefer, are still detailed enough to use the product without needing to ask or search for any more information.
The white plastic pump dispensing device on the top of the bottle has to be turned anti-clockwise in order to unlock it, then to get the product out of the container, you must gently press the white pump a few times and the lotion will come out in bright, white blobs onto your waiting hand.
Dermol 500 Lotion is unscented and has anti-microbial properties. It is intended for use on various skin conditions (such as eczema), as an emollient or a moisturiser. It can also be used as a soap substitute. The active ingredients are benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, plus there is a warning on both the bottle and the accompanying leaflet (if bought in a box) not to use the product if you know you are sensitive to any of the ingredients. The product is suitable for all ages, and instructions for use are the same, regardless of the user's age.
I personally found Dermol 500 Lotion not quite as suitable for me as was recommended by the hospital, possibly due to a sensitivity towards one or more of the ingredients, or some other reason. After a few days' use, I had a tremendously painful and unsightly flare-up underneath one of my arms, to the point where I couldn't even bear the air against the area, let alone clothing, water or anythng else. One of my hospital appointments was imminent when this flare-up happened, and I showed my underarm to the specialist, who told me that I was merely suffering from exceptionally dry skin in that area, and that I should greatly increase the frequency of my Dermol 500 Lotion applications as that would re-hydrate my skin.....he recommended applying it at least 10 times per day, preferably more.
Suffering the agonies of the damned each time my fingers touched the badly inflammed skin under my left arm, I followed the specialist's advice and not so happy-slapped liberal plasterings of Dermol 500 Lotion to the affected area, but the inflammation merely worsened, so I decided to stop altogether. It took a few days plus half a large jar of soothing Vaseline to calm the inflammation down, then I began to use a different cream which was recommended by the pharmacist in my local village chemist - I have not suffered any kind of reaction from that recommended cream. It is strange though that applying Dermol 500 Lotion to other parts of my body doesn't cause any inflammation at all, which puzzles me.
Just as an experiment one evening last week, I applied a tiny, tiny blob of Dermol 500 Lotion to my left underarm (where it had appeared to cause all the problems as described above), and the area began to flare up again....so I instantly washed the Dermol off and applied the other cream, which had a very soothing effect. I do find it a bit confusing that just one small part of my body reacts so very badly to the Dermol, yet I can apply it to other parts of of me without any problem at all.
A couple of times a week I will use Dermol 500 Lotion as a soap substitute, but I find that it goes very globby and isn't easy, when my body is immersed in water, to massage it into my skin as I would do with ordinary soap. If using Dermol 500 Lotion as a soap substitute, great care must be taken when getting out of the bath, as it tends to plop into the water from your skin, forming little beads of white, greasy substance, which clings to the bottom of the bath and can make it very slippery.
I have concluded that it seems Dermol 500 Lotion has a very drying effect on my left underarm area, and it's true that whenever I've applied it there, it does seem to form an almost concrete-like film over my skin - it just doesn't seem to get absorbed, whereas the other cream I've since been using, just soaks in like a dream and leaves no residue.
Overall, I'm happy to apply Dermol 500 Lotion to the parts of my body where it doesn't have an adverse effect, and I have since the above-described bad reaction occurred, been using it as an emollient on the safe areas, to hold in various other creams I have to plaster all over various parts of my body on a thrice-daily basis.
Dermol 500 Lotion can be viewed as very expensive or very cheap, depending on how you personally need to use it. If you need to apply it (assuming you don't have the same adverse reaction as I had under my left arm) frequently and regularly to large areas of your body, then it can work out very expensive as you'll use a whole bottle up quite quickly - but if you use it just as a soap substitute or just as an emollient, then as much less of the product will be needed, it won't bankrupt you, and a bottle will last quite a long time.
The cheapest bottle of Dermol 500 Lotion I've so far bought was at £7.99 in a privately-run chemist situated in the closest town to where I live, and the most expensive has been at my local village chemist, costing £10.99. As far as I'm aware, the product is only available in 500ml bottles, possibly hence the use of 500 in its name.
In summary, I would recommend Dermol 500 Lotion as an emollient above all, and to a lesser extent as a soap substitute if you have a skin condition which needs the anti microbial action the product offers, but as far as its moisturising properties are concerned, for me it's been a huge thumbs down. It can also work out very expensive if you need to use large amounts of it on a regular, daily basis, whether bought on prescription or over the counter.
Thanks for reading!
~~ Also published on Ciao under my GentleGenius user name ~~
I developed a patch of dry skin on my hand which would not shift no matter what I used. I tried Lush's skin care, Hydrocortisone cream, E45 cream and yet none of it worked. I didn't have a clue what had caused this horrible dry patch which was itchy as well as flaky but I was certain it wasn't eczema and I was positive I wanted rid of it. It was starting to keep me awake at night with persistant itching and was therefore making me a very miserable girl the next day due to lack of sleep. A friend of mine suggested I try Dermol 500 lotion so I had a look around a few shops and came across it for £8.99 for a 500ml bottle.
Dermol is a lotion which is supposed to help manage dry skin conditions which can just be dry or itchy and irritating. It can help with eczema and dermatitis as well as being able to be used as a replacement for soap, hand wash or shower gel whilst you are trying to narrow down the causes of your skin irritation.
The lotion comes in a bottle and when you dispense it you will see that it has a thick and creamy consistancy though the thickness of it does not hinder the way it spreads on the skin as it spreads very easily. The cream is white in colour and is unscented. One thing I dislike about the lotion is that it has a tacky, sticky feeling though once it has fully absorbed into the skin this feeling does disappear. I found I didn't have to use much of the lotion but this obviously does depend on how big the area of irritated skin is. I used about 2 fingertips full of lotion and massaged it in for a few minutes to make sure the irritated area was completely covered.
I found that the lotion eased the itching completely with its cooling effect. It didn't last all day though and I had to reapply the cream before bed and I did find that I managed to sleep through without constantly itching my hand. By the next day, I applied it again and found that it didn't itch at all. After around 3 or 4 days the dry patch on my hand had pretty much cleared up; the redness of it from where I had constantly itched it had gone, the flakiness and dryness had gone. My hand was back to normal.
I was surprised at how well and how quickly this lotion worked. After it had cleared up the dry patch I stopped using it and the dry patch flared up again a few days later when I used Lush's Ooh La Laa soap. It turns out it was that causing the issue on my hand.
Depending on how much and how often you use the Dermol for will impact how long it lasts. My bottle lasted around 2 months as I started using it as a handwash.
Highly recommended product for those hard to shift skin irritations.
Bye Bye dry skin with Dermol 500.
I do have my occasional problems with dry skin which is very annoying. Especially when you lay in bed it feels rough and itchy which keeps me awake during the night and I need my good nights of sleep otherwise I will be very grumpy during the day.
I bought the Dermol 500 lotion which should soothe and moisturise the skin for a long period. The lotion comes in a 500 ml bottle which costs around 9 pounds which doesn't make it cheap but it will last me around one month of using it. This is long enough to notice a difference and improvement with the skin.
The body lotion is quiet a thick cream but easily to apply and also spread out easily. It does feels a bit sticky but only in the beginning and absorbs quickly into the skin which is very good because I hate the sticky feeling when I put my clothes on.
You notice a difference the first time you use it but you can really tell the difference after using it for a few days. After a few days you notice the dry skin is almost completely gone during the whole day and the skin feels smooth and soft again. I normally have dry skin on my lower back and have to say it feels so much better after using this product. I'm just really glad that the cream doesn't have any perfume so you don't even smell the cream when you got it on.
I would really recommend this product when you have trouble with dry skin. I only use this product when I have severe problems with dry skin because I found the product quiet expensive. Normally I use first a 'normal' body lotion in order to solve the problem.
I was one of them people who used to suffer from dry skin. It used to be at the top of my arms and I would try a lot of different things but it just didn't seem to want to go. After looking at some reviews on this product I decided to try this to see if it would make any difference.
For a 500ml it will cost you in the region of £9 which tends to last around 3weeks for me which I was definitely expecting to be long enough. I would expect by spending £9 on this bottle it should be more than long enough to see a huge difference in the appearance and texture of both dry and skin and itchy skin.
The cream itself is different to many other creams I have used. This one seems to be very thick and it is also very easy for it to be rubbed in the skin. This cream unlike others doesn't leave a greasy texture which is a nightmare when you are wanting to put clothes straight on. If you give this a few minutes it seems to absorb which was something I was very pleased with.
Ease of use
The bottle comes with an easy to use dispenser on the top which you can use to get the exact amount that you want. By using this you won't find that you get more than what you needed. Sometimes this can be a problem because people tend to release more than what they needed which is a waste.
After the first few times I used this I did actually see an improvement in my skin. My skin started to smoothen off a lot more which was a good thing. I think into a week it really started makng a difference so I only think you need a bottle of this. With the cream being nice and cool it won't be hot on your skin either.
If you do have problems with your skin whether it be dry skin or itchy skin I recommend getting this before you try anything else. This has without doubt done the trick for me and I was extremelly pleased with it and I didn't even finish the whole bottle before my skin improved to a standard I was happy with.
Last year when I developed a patch of dry skin on my wrist I was looking for a lotion to soothe and moisturise it. I chose Demol 500 because it promised to be long lasting, unperfumed and in a large bottle that would last for some time. The lotion can be applied directly onto the skin or can be used as a soap and added to your bath. It can also be used as a shower gel. Being so versatile I was keen to try it out.
The lotion comes in a 500ml bottle, and there is a handy plastic dispenser on top of the bottle to control the quantity of cream that emerges. The cream feels pleasant when applied, as it is cool and has a very creamy texture. It is not as oily as some other creams, which is useful when you come to cover the afflicted area with clothing. It also absorbs fairly quickly, so you do not have to leave it uncovered for too long. I have discovered, however, that it takes around ten minutes to sink into your skin, but then must be rubbed again to encourage the remaining lotion to absorb.
Dermol 500 lotion contains the following active ingredients: Liquid paraffin, isopropyl myristate, benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine hydrochloride. Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate have moisturising properties, while benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine hydrochloride are antiseptics. The cream is particularly helpful when treating skin conditions such as eczema, and the drier the skin the more rapidly it is absorbed. I do not use the product on a regular basis, preferring instead to rely on it only when my skin becomes particularly dry. In this respect I have discovered it will significantly improve the skin's appearance after 3 - 4 applications.
A 500ml bottle of the lotion is usually available for around £9.00 - £11.50. This may seem expensive, but it will last for many months if not years. I have always found the lotion to be highly effective, and while it does leave a small amount of oily residue, this is minimal when compared to other similar products. Recommended.
From a young child I was plagued with eczema. Through prescribed medication the condition gradually improved and I was back to my old cheerful self. A few years later, the condition made a surprise appearance, in dire need of some relief I took it upon my self to go to my local Lloyds pharmacy, where the staff recommended dermol 500 lotion. I think it cost about £7.50 for a 500ml bottle.
I rushed home and applied the lotion following the directions as listed on the packet which tell you to use the lotion in the shower as a soap or normal shower gel substitute when washing, or directly on dry areas of skin as a moisturiser. I skipped the shower and smeared the product directly on the affected areas and immediately felt some cooling relief. After reluctantly washing it off as advised, you're supposed to pat the skin in oppose to rubbing the skin dry to avoid rubbing off the oil - which with an itch this tempting to scratch, its definitely easier said than done.
After an hour or two, the condition started to eat at me again, despite my every attempt to keep myself occupied. I ended up applying the lotion around every hour just to give some relief - and it did a good job of it too :) Just a warning though if you use in the bath or shower take care to avoid slipping, especially when getting in or out, I certainly learned my lesson :(
Ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1%, Chlorhexidine Hydrochloride 0.1%, Liquid Paraffin 2.5%, Isopropyl Myristate 2.5%. Also contains:Cetostearyl Alcohol, Cetomacrogol 1000, Phenoxyethanol, Purified water.
The lotion consists of 4 key ingredients including hlorhexidine hydrochloride and benzalkonium chloride which act as antiseptics to sterilise the skin and liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, of which both contain moisturising properties.
Basically the moisturising ingredients help by restoring water within the skin and creating a barrier on the skins surface, therefore stopping any further water in the skin from evaporating, keeping the skin fully hydrated. The antiseptic components of the lotion kill any existing bacteria on the skin's surface which could potentially cause irritation to dry skin - the main cause of eczema.
The lotion is ideal for dry skin in general, scaling, redness, itching and especially for dry skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis. When I used this product on a daily basis for about 3 weeks, the condition had completely gone and also completely restored moisture and smoothness to my skin. I would recommend however that after the lotion has done its work you continue to use it now and then to prevent any future 'flare-ups'.
Dermol 500 lotion is a product which can help with the management of dry skin conditions. Having been given some to try out by a friend after a discussion about dry skin looking unsightly for summer, I have decided to review the product.
The bottle was quite large when compared to many skin moisturising lotions, as it contained 500mls of Dermol lotion, which goes a very long way. The pack it came in is a soft light blue/ green, with a short description about the product and its name in a large oval on the front of the box.
The bottle is the same light blue/ green shade and is made of sturdy feeling matt plastic. It has a handy white plastic pump action dispenser at the top and just a few quick pumps will dispense enough lotion to cover both arms.
Dermol 500 lotion has 4 main ingredients in its mix. It contains liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, which are included for their moisturising abilities. There is also benzalkonium chloride plus chlorhexidine hydrochloride, these are both antiseptics.
The Dermol 500 lotion goes a very long way. Its a thin lotion, more like a body milk really. The lotion is white and once massaged evenly on to your skin, I have found it doesn't feel too greasy or oily considering its mean't to be a super mosituriser.
The lotion is unscented and although its not mean't to smell of anything much, I find I don't like the smell of it at all. In fact although the lotion works very well at dealing with dry skin, especially on problem areas like elbows, knees and feet, the no scent smell is very off putting to me.
Dermol 500 might be unscented but its very unattractive smell has put me off so much that I only used the lotion for a few weeks before giving up with it and returning to good old standbys like the range of Body Shop Butters and some of the Soap and Glory and Sanctuary moisturisers.
The ingredients within Dermol 500 should form a good a waterproof barrier over your skins surface when applied correctly, this should lock moisture in.
The antiseptic properties of Dermol 500 are great for those with dry/ itchy skin and they can help to rid the skin of nasty bacteria that make dry skin conditions like eczema worse. Combined these actions should help to protect your skin and leave it feeling softer and smoother too.
If you are unable to use scented wash products then you can use the Dermol 500 lotion as a handy shower or bath wash. Its rather a clever feature that the lotion can be used in that way.
To use Dermol in the shower, you do need to wet the skin first, then instead of using a normal shower product use the lotion on your hands or a non sctratchy shower puff and apply to your skin.
Once you are finished washing, just rinse the lotion away and dry your skin with a soft towel. For best results don't rub the skin, just pat lightly with your towel and that will allow the moisturising effects of the lotion to remain on the skin.
You should not use Dermol 500 if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients. You should also take care if you have used this in the shower, as it will leave the shower a little slippery, so any residue left must be washed away.
Over all I think Dermol 500 gives very good results and if it wasn't for the fact that the smell of the lotion is to me very off putting, I would have given it a 5 star rating.
In terms of how it works it ought to get those 5 stars, but due to its very unattractive smell its only getting 4 stars today.
Dermol 500 can be bought over the counter for £8 to £9, but can also be prescribed by your GP if needed.
Dermol 500 Lotion......
jack was diagnosed with mild eczema when he was 18 months old and now at 2 ½ I am still using the cream that was prescribed for this condition. Dermol 500 lotion is a brilliant emollient not just for him but for the whole family!
Jack is luckily enough to have got it on prescription and for him being under 16 it costs nothing. However I do believe a large bottle such as we get (500ml) would cost in the region of £10 to buy over the counter.
The lotion comes within a good chunky bottle and has a pump action nozzle which makes it very easy to be dispensed and means no struggling with lids when hands are all greasy. The lotion is for treating conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or any dry skin problems. It can be used as a soap substitute too which was very handy when Jack initially had his flare up as even mild baby soap would bring his spotty bits out even worse.
On the cardboard packaging the product is described as "an antimicrobial emollient and moisturiser for the management of dry and pruritic (itchy) skin conditions, especially eczema and dermatitis and for use as a soap substitute."
I have found it works wonders on Jack dry skin and in a few days will leave his skin feeling moisturised and soft. It is also very good on my skin and although I do not really suffer with eczema I do get dry itchy skin on my legs from time to time and I will often use this cream as it is sitting on the side and easy to get out because of the pump and it does work well at giving moisture without irritating the skin.
The cream itself has no real smell to and to look at appears a nice white colour. The cream has a rather thin consistency and I believe this is so that the cream lets the skin breath and doesn't block all the pores up. The thinness of the cream made me think that it wouldn't give the right amount of moisture to the skin to make it feel smooth and soft but this wasn't the case at all.
We have been using this cream for well over a year now and have gotten through a fair few bottles. I think it has kept the mild eczema that Jack has at bay and because of this fact I think it is a good product that works well for us. We will continue to use it for as long as necessary.
5/5 star product.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
my daughter suffers from excema shes 11 now, her elder sister at 13 also suffers from it , they both have since they,ve been babies.
I,d been prescribed this by the doctor after trying many other products specially meant for excema.
What is dermol
dermol is a emollient cream for the management of dry and pruritic ( itchy ) skin conditions at risk from infection, especially excema and dermatitis, and can also be used as a soap substitute, it comes in a green bottle and has 500g in .
There are two types of active ingredients in this product
Benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidin dihydrochloride are antimicrobials, these help to .........
combat bactria present on your skin which can make bateria worse
prevent infection caused by scratching itching skin
Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate are emollients which help to ....
soften, moisturise and protect the skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring the normal functions of the skin.
prevent the skin drying out
all age groups can use dermol including babies
The look and smell
The cream has no smell is white and looks a bit like baby lotion
You can use in two ways............
First is you can apply the cream to the affected area and massage gentle into the skin, until absorbed, you can apply when needed.
second way is to use as a soap substitute in the bath or shower instead of your usual soap or bath product, this comes in a handy pump dispenser, which can be very useful.
when used in the bath or shower this can make the surface slippery so take be careful
Does it work
well yes it works for us and i would highly recommend giving it a try, it does come in a big 500g bottle which isn,t suitable to carry in the daytime with me or on days out or for the kids to take to school with them.
i have bought small tubs ( you can buy these from various places such as superdrug at the body shop ) i put some of the cream in tubs one for my bag and one each for the girls school bags.
The cream did start working almost straight away as with any new product it takes time, it took around 9 months to get her excema completely under control and now she just has the odd flare up.
its worth checking with your doctot though to see if this product is suitable for you.
Thanks for reading
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:
Lotion for the management of dry and itchy skin conditions, especially eczema and dermatitis.