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Winter is coming. One of the things that this weather can effect is the skin. One of my areas of concern is my skin in general, due to having Psoriasis. Some products I buy, some products are prescribed. This was prescribed by my GP, but can be purchased from various places such as most standard chemists, from £3.00 for a 50g tube to £10.00 for a 500g dispenser which I currently have.
Why was I prescribed this?
I was prescribed this by the GP because I suffer from Psoriasis. Thankfully, I don't suffer from it really badly, but it can be annoying and a little uncomfortable when I do have a flare up so it's important to keep it under control as it quite easily can get worse and out of control. I've used Diprobase ointment in the past, and I asked the doctor to have the cream version as the ointment worked well but I needed something more suitable for my skin and lifestyle.
Why was my son prescribed this?
Another one of the family that has had to use this ( my daughter has the ointment version ). He was given this by our GP also. He recently suffered from Chicken Pox, and I asked the Doctor what I could put on his skin to soothe it and help him if and when he was itchy. He asked what I was using on his skin previous to the visit and I explained that I was using Diprobase ointment on him ( his sister's ). He asked would I want to use the same or the cream, and I asked for the cream. A good hydrating body moisturiser was the Doctor's suggestion for helping with Chicken Pox, rather than anything else.
What's the difference between the ointment and the cream?
The overall effect is more or less the same, but the ointment is a completely different consistency. It's a very greasy substance, very similar to Vaseline, whereas the cream is more a lotion based product. The ointment though does tend to have a higher moisturising capacity on the skin.
What is this product supposed to do?
This product is supposed to provide moisture to the skin. It's a skin product that sufferers of Eczema and Psoriasis are frequently prescribed, because one of the things that we can suffer from, and can make these condition's worse and more un comfortable is dry skin. Products like these not only allow the skin to be more supple and moisturised, but provide a protective layer on the top of the skin which can minimise damage. It can reduce itching and inflammation of the skin.
How is this packaged?
My cream comes in a 500g white plastic dispenser. Cylinder in shape with a pump dispenser top. On the front of the label it tells you the product name, a brief idea of what it does to the skin and who it can benefit from it.
On the side it goes in more detail about what it does for the skin, directions of use, ingredients. If you peel back the label it mentions in much more detail about the product, how to store, possible side effects etc.
How to apply?
If this is prescribed, then there may be specific instructions. Mine was to apply this 3-4 times a day all over the body, but I find using this twice a day after my shower- morning and evening, works best for me. On the packaging it says to apply a thin layer and massage onto the effected skin.
Chlorocresol, Gelomacrogol, Cetosteayl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin.
How is it to apply?
The cream itself is white in colour and a similar texture to body lotion, but it has a slight density to it as it's not runny, but doesn't have the glossy or shiny look that a lot of body lotions have.
It doesn't contain a fragrance. But it does smell of something. A slight medicated feel to it, but it's not overpowering nor does it linger.
Despite it being a cream, it does have a dull tackiness to it. A small amount goes along way ( although I use far too much ), because if you use too much you find yourself working it into the skin forever! This isn't one of those products you can leave on the skin and it automatically sinks in, you have to work it in. Not aggressively, but definitely massaged. It doesn't take a long period of time to do and can be done quite quickly.
Once it's worked into the skin it doesn't look shiny, but slightly dewy, as if it's been given a boost of moisture. But it does still appear matt. The skin to touch is soft and smooth. And feels very moisturised without being greasy.
The reason why I prefer this version for myself and my son, compared to the ointment is how quickly it goes into the skin which means putting on your clothes straight after application isn't a problem. No staining of clothes, nothing. Using the ointment version on my daughter is an essential as it's more moisturising, and leaves more of a protective layer onto the skin. She has a severe case of Eczema, and when I've tried the cream on her it hasn't been hard working enough. The ointment, because I have to use so much on my daughter and very frequently, means after awhile it does ruin her clothes hence why this version was more ideal for myself and my son whose skin issues have been mild in comparison.
The effect on my skin
I find that despite its texture and matt look on my skin, using this twice a day really keeps my skin at bay from dryness. I can't remember the last time I saw my skin looking or feeling dry. I don't suffer from any itching, but my Psoriasis isn't all over my body, just small patches that comes up from time to time. At the moment a small patch on my neck, which can feel a little itchy and raised. This cream doesn't irritate it, but when it comes up as a raised area, this cream doesn't get rid of it ( that's where a prescribed steroid comes into play ), but it stops that area from drying out which would cause irritation and discomfort.
Another I important point to make is one application of this leaves my skin feeling hydrated for hours. I apply at night time after my shower and first thing in the morning after my morning shower, and the time in between my skin isn't ashy in look or texture and it doesn't feel tight or dry.
In regards to my son, this has helped to a degree when suffering from Chicken Pox. My issue with something like that is if your skin is itchy and your suffering, then its going to be itchy and you will suffer! Products like this can only lessen it not take it away which I feel it did in his case.
Who is this best for?
I can't comment on people who don't suffer from skin conditions, but this is good for people who suffer very dry skin, even on the itchy side. This is a good product to use if you do suffer from this, but you don't want to coat yourself in oily greasy substances or need to like my daughter, but would prefer to use something that can be applied easily onto the skin, and dries matt.
Who is this not for?
Someone with normal skin. A decent less hard working body lotion should do the trick rather than this! But saying that, in most cases ( unless you had an allergy to some of the ingredients ) it wouldn't harm you.
Someone who like my daughter, requires the added moisture, but needs much more of a physical layer left on the skin e.g an oil/grease. Possibly due to having cracked and very poorly skin, or very very dry skin.
Would I use this again? Yes I would. It's a staple part of my bodycare routine and I always go back to it, regardless of what other products I use. I may use something bought that's a ' normal ' lotion from time to time, but if I feel the tingly sensation I'm used to, the itchy raised skin, I run back to this!
Hard working practical product.
As a long term eczema sufferer I have tried pretty much every cream on the market over the years, including various strengths of topical steroids, sunbed treatment and new treatments like tacrolimus cream, despite the fact that it had been in general use for a short time.
Diprobase is, thankfully, not in the same boat as those treatments. It's an emollient cream, and no different than buying any cream over the counter, in that it is safe for frequent use. Which is just as well because if you have eczema you will need to moisturise it frequently. Diprobase comes in various sizes and the most common way of dispensing it is from a from a tube with a nozzle on the top which means that you don't get germs in the container when you use it, which can be a problem with creams that come in tubs.
I used Diprobase for a few months before realising that it wasn't helping my skin much. While it is moisturising in the short term, it has a greasy feel to it and I didn't get on with that. I persisted nevertheless but over time I found that my skin was hypersensitive to the cream, which is the most commonly reported side effect of using it.
I have heard Diprobase called odourless but it does have a smell, a slightly strange smell that makes me think of damp and mould to be honest, but this is mainly due to the fact that it is not loaded with artificial perfumes etc which would likely make anyone's eczema worse. The cream is quite thick and sludgey, and quite oily, but again this is necessary for it to work. It is quite 'pure' no-frills product in that it contains minimum ingredients and white soft paraffin which helps a lot of people with their eczema as it helps to lock the moisture into the skin.
My mother also suffers from atopic eczema so I passed the tub onto her and she found that it really helped her skin, so it really depends on your skin type and whether or not you are sensitive to the ingredients/become sensitive from long term/frequent use. My mum's skin is not as dry as mine and she doesn't mind the greasy feel of the cream at all.
I used to pay for Diprobase on prescription, which means it would have cost me £7.85 each time, but as I use a lot of prescribed stuff for my skin I have a pre-pay card which makes it all work out much cheaper for me.
Dirobase is also available as an ointment which is much thicker and oilier but useful for cracked areas of skin. I have used the 500g dispenser in the past which lasts a long time. I applied it twice a day for a few months before deciding that it wasn't helping to clear up my eczema, although it was certainly adequately moisturising my skin.
If you suffer from eczema then I recommend trying Diprobase for a few months to see if it works for you. There is no harm in doing so, as I have hopefully shown here. Also I recommend avoiding hot showers, wearing gloves when you wash up and clean, and keeping household chemicals to a minimum in general. I give this product 3 stars because it didn't work for me but I know people is has certainly helped. Good luck!
~*~ Diprobase Cream ~*~
Diprobase Cream is an emollient, moisturizing and protective cream for the treatment of red inflamed, damaged, dry or chapped skin. Used to protect raw skin areas, and can be used as a bathing emollient for eczema sufferers.
Available on prescription or over the counter , Diprobase comes in various varieties and sizes . I have the large Diprobase Cream 500g bottle with pump action lid. I also have a smaller 50g tube that I keep in my handbag . A quick search and the 500g is available for around £10 online delivered and the 50g tube about £2 .
I get mine on my pre paid prescription along with the elephant strength Antihistamine I take, which brings me to the reason I have this cream .
I suffer from Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. I won't bore you all with the details , as sandemp has already wrote a great review about Urticaria on here .
What it means for me is my skin reacts in an 'allergic reaction way' to anything and everything , there is no pattern to it and no reason to why I have these reactions . It is not usually food or products that cause it , but things that actually come into contact with my skin and if they apply pressure then my skin goes crazy.
Just today I have caused a reaction on my arm , I was wearing a long sleeved fitted cardigan , because I pushed the sleeves up while cooking dinner and cleaning up, this caused the material to bunch up this then caused pressure and now I have a lovely hand sized raised red itchy skin patch .
Every item of clothes I buy causes a reaction the 1st time I wear it , it's almost like I have to accustom my skin to the new item before it will except it .
So despite the elephant strength meds I still get some sort of reaction everyday , on a very good day it will be 1 or 2 small patches that I won't even noticed . On a very bad day it can be literally head to toe of burning itching skin .
~*~ On Me ~*~
So consequently I use this cream everyday , at the first sign of an itch or red raised mark I reach for this and basically slap it on . It doesn't take away my symptoms but its does give relief even if only for a short while , but because its not a hydrocortisone cream you can slap it on , and use as much as and when you like .
Sometimes it's enough just to have the feel of the cold cream on your skin , I keep mine in the door of the fridge so it's nice and chilled .[ I don't know if this is recommended , but it's never caused any harm to mine]
Thanks to the hydration the cream gives when my skin has calmed down i''m not left with dry patches where I have had a sneaky scratch .
I have used it in the bath for washing a few times over the years , Its not like using a shower gel with lots of lather and lovely scent , but its okay, you feel and smell clean and fresh.
if I was already suffering a reaction, and it coincided with a new shower gel and I didn't want to risk making it worse I would use it again .
~*~ On The Kids ~*~
I also use this on my children . My son suffers from eczema patches on the top of his legs , these clear up every summer , and then come back again through winter . A blob of the cream and they clear up lovely , his is not severe so usually it only takes about 3 days . I then try to get him to use it daily but he's not keen , not because of the cream itself just he doesn't like fuss .
My daughter on the other hand is a complete drama queen ,and this is her magic cream .
She has suffered from heat rash in the past and this helps take her mind of the itching and the redness enough for her to forget about it, and leaves the skin nice and soft when it goes.
Any mark she gets she wants magic cream, a plaster and a kiss better . She even looks for old injuries to gain extra attention from .
~*~ Conclusion ~*~
A great all round cream for red, inflamed, damaged, dry , chapped or eczema prone skin.
Soft enough not to damage skin and be child friendly, but strong enough to work .
Does what it says on the tin.
5 out of 5
My girls were about 8 months old when I first noticed red dry patches on the legs of one of them, the weather had got warmer and this has been the trigger in subsequent years too. A few weeks later slightly worse patches appeared on my other daughters legs and so I took them both to the GP where they were prescribed this Diprobase cream emollient.
We were prescribed the large 500g pump dispenser pack although it is also available in 15g and 50g tubes. It comes in very simple packaging as you would expect from a prescription product, the label around the middle peels off and opens out to provide you with all the information you need about Diprobase and how to use it.
The pump has a large top and so is easy to use although you need to press quite hard to dispense the cream. The nozzle needs cleaning off regularly as I find you get dried cream being dispensed frequently.
Diprobase is very easy to use, the white cream has to be applied thinly and massaged in. Even on wriggling toddlers this is quite quick to do as it disappears into the skin quickly. My girls like to help so will often rub the cream onto themselves. You can apply it before bathing to stop skin from being dried out further by the water, I apply it after they have bathed and this works well for them. I also put it on in the morning if it is particularly bad.
Does it work?
One daughter has a bad patch in the crease of her elbow which gets wet from the dribble of her sucking her thumb. Putting on Diprobase stops the saliva getting onto the skin allowing it to heal. It also soothes her skin and stops her scratching.
On the dry skin patches on their legs this cream helps to keep the skin moisturised but doesn't speed up the healing process and these patches can last for months before disappearing.
You can buy Diprobase over the counter but as under 16s don't pay for prescriptions this is how we get ours.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is easy to use and helps maintain the condition of my daughters skin. As the hot weather causes flair ups I know now after a couple of years of it that it is goes away when the weather gets cooler.
Aged 12 (*reviewer faces stark realisation that this was about 20 years ago. UGH*), I was diagnosed with mild eczema on my face. I used to, and still do, get very tight, chapped skin on my face, and outbreaks of itchy nastiness on other parts of my body. My doctor at the time prescribed me Diprobase and I have not looked back.
Diprobase is an emollient, which means it locks the moisture into your skin, and provides a protective barrier. It's very thick, creamy, and if you are not used it, feels a little weird on the skin. The nearest 'generic' product I can compare it to is E45, but E45 isn't nearly as effective for me.
WHAT I HAVE USED IT FOR.
Diprobase is my 'first aid' cream. I've used it as a general moisturiser on all of my body. It's great for dry, cracked heels, eczema outbreaks, heat rash, itchy scars and sunburn.
WHY I DON'T USE ANYTHING ELSE.
Honestly? Nothing comes close. I have been through phases of trying expensive moisturisers in pretty packaging, because I wanted to be like my pals. But they never moisturise deep enough, and never last the whole day. Most people have separate products for face, feet, body and 'emergencies', I have one. This is a miracle cream.
20 years is a long time to be loyal to a product, my only bugbear is I can no longer get it on prescription because my eczema isn't serious enough! HOWEVER, you can buy this over the counter in most good chemists for a couple of £££ more than the prescription
I have suffered with Eczema on and off since being a young child and when it flares up it is really itchy as any sufferers will know. About 6 months ago my skin on my arms began flaring up and on showing my senior at work she let me use a spare Diprobase pump bottle we have in stock just so that we can self-administer for 2 days for a resident if we cannot got a doctor out and I tried it.
The cream which I now get on prescription when I need it as it costs around £10 for the big pump action bottle which holds 500g although you can buy a smaller 50g for around £3 so you can give it try and make sure it's for you first.
The cream comes in a white cylindrical plastic tub which has a pump action top on it which you simply twist to open, there is a little red clip on the pump when you get it which has to be removed to activate it.
The good thing about this cream is it doesn't have any steroid in it so it is simply for the hydration of the skin to help with the condition which in turn means you can use it regularly but of course if your condition gets really bad you may need to consult a doctor for something stronger.
The cream is white in colour and pretty thick, I find if I don't use it for a few days it starts to clog inside the pump as it dries out although a good swift pump down tends to get this moving. The cream just smells clean really and there is no real scent to it which of course is less likely to aggravate your condition.
The cream can be used on sore, chapped and red skin not just on eczema, it can be used to wash in and can be used as a cream. I personally don't use it to wash in as my eczema patches are pretty small so I don't feel the need to. The cream rubs into the skin pretty well although it takes a bit of rubbing it doesn't leave the skin greasy at all and it does leave me relief from the itching which is the real pain of having eczema.
I have found this is probably the best cream to help to relieve the condition although I am thankful that mine is pretty slight in comparison to some sufferers. Unfortunately I have passed the condition onto my eldest daughter so she uses the cream as and when needed too which the doctor has said is safe.
Unfortunately both my children suffered with severe eczema when they were babies and toddlers. There skin would become red, angry and itchy and then break into open, sticky sores. It is a heartbreaking experience to see your small child in obvious pain, itching all over, even as small babies they would rub there faces on anything they could find to try and alleviate the constant itching and if left to rub to long they would rub there skin raw. We had plenty of trips to the hospital and doctors to try and find a solution, lots of bath oils, steroid creams, emollients, wet wraps and anti-histamines to try and bring the eczema under control.
Eventually, as my children got older there eczema receded, my daughter only suffers with it in her joints now and my son suffers with very dry skin. One of the emollients we were prescribed on a regular basis and something my son still uses everyday is Diprobase. The Diprobase cream was prescribed for my son to use on his face and anywhere else he needs it as it is not a steroid cream,
Diprobase can be used to treat eczema, inflamed, dry, chapped and red skin and can also be applied to sore skin for extra protection while healing. My son was advised that he could use the Diprobase in the shower to clean himself and lock moisture into his very dry skin; this is not something he does very often as it can get very messy and slippy in the shower and does not leave him feeling clean.
Diprobase can be applied to the skin whenever it is feeling dry and tight; a thin layer should be applied to the needed area and then thoroughly massaged in. My son will also apply this as a sort of face mask when he has had a shave (something that leaves his skin sore and dry) he will then potter around for half an hour while the Diprobase steadily soaks into his skin, he rubs in whatever is left after this time. His skin is left feeling a bit sticky, this fades after a short while, he tells me that it feels fantastic and that he can feel the moisture being put back into his skin.
Small 50g tubes of Diprobase can be brought from Chemists for around £3. We have the large 500g tub that comes with a pump lid; this can be brought for around £10 from most Chemists. The larger tub works out most economical for my son as he uses the cream regularly and does not carry it around with him.
Diprobase is a thick, white, non scented emollient cream. One press of the pump releases enough cream to moisturise my hands, something I regularly do when passing his room as the cream is on his shelf. Diprobase does take a fair amount of massaging into the skin but once absorbed it is non greasy, I would estimate it keeps my skin hydrated for about 4 or 5 hours. Although Diprobase claims to be an unscented product it does have a slight medicated smell.
Diprobase hydrates my sons skin very well, this then helps reduce flare ups of his eczema. As it is a non steroid cream it is safe for him to apply this to is skin on an as and when basis. Neither my son nor I have suffered any side effects from using Diprobase for the last 17 years. If you do suffer any adverse effects discontinue using and consult your Doctor.
Thank you for reading.
I was familiar with Diprobase from my childhood when I was prescribed it to try and sort out a problem with peeling skin on my feet, it didn't work back then (Betnovate eventually did.) so I was sceptical about how successful it would be when my doctor prescribed it for the dry skin on my hands. I had already tried several store bought hand creams and unless I used these every hour my hands were starting to look a bit like they belonged to an old man.
When I first put it on that evening I was a bit put off by just how long it took for this to be absorbed by my skin, Afterwards my hands seemed to have a slightly greasy shine for about fifteen minutes. I was beginning to despair of ever solving the problem. When I woke up the next morning I was really pleasantly surprised , While they still looked dry they were not as itchy as they had been for ages. I applied the Diprobase just before I was about to head into work and realised the mistake I had made before I left my house. I hadn't left enough time for the cream to be absorbed my my skin and was even having trouble turning the key in my lock as my hands were so slippery. Since then I have made sure to apply the Diprobase as soon as I get out of the shower so it has chance to completely rub in.
I have been using the cream for a couple of weeks now and the lingering sense of dryness has almost gone from my hands completely. Once I am happy with them I will probably switch to just using this once a day in the morning instead of morning and evening. I still use a different hand cream during the day as it is more practical not just due to how easily it is absorbed but also as the Diprobase bottle is absolutely massive.
I have friends who suffer with eczma and they couldn't think more highly of this. As it is a prescription item and you get so much it is really worth what you have to pay for it. While it is not the most convenient of options for me it has been by far the most effective, not only moisturising but also going some way to fixing the problem that was behind it.
My daughter and grandson suffer from eczema. It seemed to be a constant battle a few years ago trying to keep the eczema at bay. My daughters doctor prescribed a variety of creams and oils to try to help. The one we've found the most effective is this.
Diprobase is an emollient cream which helps skin conditions like eczema. The doctor recommended that my grandson have moisturisers applied on a daily basis even when the eczema wasn't present as this would help to keep it at bay but sometimes when he has a cold or if it's a hot day or he has worn sun tan lotion he ends up having a little flare up. As soon as a flare up happens we apply this cream.
The cream comes in a little tube and it is given to my daughter for my grandson on prescription. We never keep a tube longer than 12 months once it's been opened and throw it away and start a new one to make sure it is as fresh as possible.
When my grandson has a flare up we apply a little to the patches of skin. It has quite a strong smell to it, one which I can't quite place but its of a medicated cream that's for sure. It takes a while to absorb into the skin but is easy enough to apply. My grandson seems to calm down when it's been put on so it has some soothing qualities to it.
Usually within 48 hours, if we have applied this to the eczema places twice a day then his skin has improved considerably. It definitely helps to improve the condition and so we always make sure we have some of this to hand. My daughter has several tubes at home and I have one here too. My daughter also uses this on her own skin when her eczema is bad and she too agrees it is very effective.
Talk to your doctor about it if you are having problems with your skin as this may just help.
A great cream for eczema suffers and those with dry skin.
A lot of companies make creams that they claim are suitable for dry skin, but not all are suitable for those with eczema. Many like to make them smell nice, be coloured etc. Diprobase is neither. This is not a cream to rub in if you want something to feel luxurious and like a pampering session.
It is available on prescription and over the pharmacy counter. You get a lot in the tub. I find it lasts a few months. I would recommend that anyone with eczema buys a pharmacy pre-payment card which means you can get unlimited prescriptions for free (with your Dr's permission of course) and stock up on the product.
The drawback is that, because of its viscous nature, it can take some time to rub it. You can't quickly rub it on and get dressed etc. I know that some people use it in the shower as a shower gel. I personally find Dermol better for this, similar to diprobase but washes off more easily.
I do find that the cream rubs in easier if you apply after bathing. Also, make sure your hands are clean before applying or you could be rubbing dust etc picked up on your hands, into your eczema, which can irritate it.
My doctor recommended this cream to me and I bought it on prescription as I had a PPC card.
The cream comes presented in a tube. I think the volume of my tube was 50ml. The cream is white in colour and it smells a little like E45 cream, which is a pale medicinal scent. The cream has a creamy consistency but I wouldn't say it's as thick as E45, it does seem a little thinner to me.
The cream is easy to apply to the skin. I use it on the areas where I am suffering from dry skin the most. These areas are my elbows, my knees and behind my ears. The cream needs to be rubbed into the skin for a while before it absorbs completely. It doesn't take too long to absorb once it has been rubbed in though and the cream doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy and/ or tacky. The cream feels cooling and soothing on the skin and it takes away the itchy feeling that comes with dry skin. The cream can be applied as required but I usually apply it twice a day to the affected areas, some days I even apply it three times a day. It depends how my skin is feeling.
The cream is long lasting and it keeps well. It's easy to apply and the soothing effect lasts all day. It helps with dry skin as it adds moisture to the area and prevents it from drying out.
I would recommend this cream.
It's the best cream for dry skin.
For those of us who suffer from eczema or similar skin conditions it can be difficult and frustrating when it comes to finding suitable skin care products. Many dermatologically tested creams and lotions which claim to be beneficial for those with extra sensitive or irritated skin can unfortunately prove unhelpful or even make symptoms worse.
Diprobase is Britain's most popular emollient cream for eczema and dermatitis sufferers and often prescribed by doctors because constant moisturising of the skin is recommended.
It is a very basic cream, similar to the base lotions you can buy for adding your own ingredients. It is totally free from parabens and other possible sensitizers and irritants. The cream is of a thick lotion consistency, white in colour and has a slight aroma which I can only describe as fresh, clean and almost like 'plastic', but not unpleasant.
I can safely apply Diprobase to an area of skin affected by eczema without a risk of further irritation. It is immediately soothing. Mostly I use it to keep my skin moisturised as a preventative measure against eczema problems arising and it is highly effective when used this way. By applying Diprobase regularly to my hands throughout the day and also using it as a body lotion, my eczema symptoms have greatly reduced. As it's not too thick, my skin can breathe yet the cream has a protective as well as moisturising action. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. I love this cream and wouldn't want to be without it.
The only criticism I have is there isn't an ingredient in Diprobase which actually nourishes the skin. So I often blend Diprobase with a small amount of pure coconut oil or other oil such as apricot kernel. I find this creates a truly lovely cream especially good used as a body lotion and it definitely smells good too.
The 500g pump dispenser is extremely convenient for regular and immediate use at home and lasts for a very long time. The design of the pump dispenser has changed recently. With the earlier dispensers you could just press down the pump nozzle and a good squirt of cream would fall into the palm of your hand but now you need to turn the nozzle to the left slightly and then press down. This can become a little annoying when you are using it so often, but really this is a very minor niggle.
A 50g tube is also available and of course more practical for use when out and about or for keeping in the car or a handbag. A Diprobase 50ml tube can be found online at £1.99, the 500g pump dispenser £11.90.
I have used other emollients provided on prescription and also for sale over the counter such as Epiderm cream and Cetraben emollient but I find Diprobase the best by far.
I highly recommend Diprobase as a gentle and effective cream for those with extra sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Thanks for reading this review!
© Lunaria 2012
I've suffered from eczema for a few years now, it's a horrible condition but it's made more bearable by my various lotions and potions that I use to treat it whenever it flares up. For anyone who doesn't already know, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition which causes the skin to itch, swell, crust, crack and so on. Diprobase cream aids in moisturising the dry skin, while also giving it a nice 'cool' sensation which is a very relieving kind of feeling and it certianly aids in calming the itchiness down by a noticeable amount. I don't usually use this when my eczema is at its worse and instead use it as an aftercare cream for the dry, almost scale like patches of skin that the eczema leaves behind as it's such a good moisturiser.
Diprobase cream is a moisturising, protective cream which aids in preventing moisture loss from the skin as well as soothing it. It is mainly used to treat dry skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It's made from chlorocresol, gelomacrogol, cetosteayl alcohol, liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin. It is for external use only and obviously you should avoid getting it near your eyes. As far as i'm aware it's suitable for pretty much everyone including children, but if you notice any adverse effects on the skin after using the cream, don't use it again. As I am breast feeding, I was concerned about using the cream on my small patch of eczema that I currently have on my wrist, however after checking the packaging thoroughly I couldn't see any warnings regarding not using it when pregnant or breast feeding and after checking on Google I can confirm that diprobase cream has no known harmful effects when used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
I bought this cream a while ago now but I have only used it a handful of times, with the most recent been for the past couple of weeks. I've got a small patch of eczema on my wrist that is dry and at times itchy, and I am desperate for it to go away so i've been trying every cream available although as I am breastfeeding I am currently avoiding creams such as steroid creams, which I usually favour rather than moisturisers. I usually use E45 cream with my eczema but my large pump of it has all gone now and I thought i'd use up my tube of this before buying a new pump of E45. I purchased this cream around 5/6 months ago now. It's widely available from chemists, online retailers and even supermarkets, and I purchased my tube of it from Amazon.
This is a reasonably cheap cream and I paid £3 including delivery for a 50 gram tube. Large pumps containing 500 grams of product are also available for around the £10-£12 mark. The tube of cream comes on a cardboard, recycable box which is white. It has all of the information needed on the back along with the product and brand name written clearly on the front. Opening the box is simple and the tube of product is foil sealed meaning it needs to be pierced with either the sharp bit on the end of the tube's screw on lid, or a knife. The tube is easy to squeeze and with a small squeeze it dispenses a small 5p sized blob which is more than enough for the small patch of eczema on my wrist. A little goes a long way so I usually try to get a tiny amount out so that I don't waste any product. I only need to apply a thin layer of it to get the benefits which I like as I hate piling different creams onto my skin - it feels like my skin's been smothered! Luckily though as I said I only need a very thin layer of this which is great!
The cream itself is a little thicker and creamier than E45 cream. It's white in colour with a creamy, thick yet still reasonably lightweight consistency. It feels a little wet but is non greasy and it's very easy to spread over my skin evenly. I would compare this most to sudocream - it has the same kind of texture. Smell wise, it's not a pleasant smelling product but it's not an unbearable smell. It's hard to describe the scent and the term I would use to describe it is medicinal. It does linger for a little after application too which is a bit of a downer but as I apply the cream at night it doesn't interfere with any other scents (eg my perfume or body butter).
I've been using this cream for around 14 days now and I have noticed a slight improvement. The skin i've been using it on is dry, quite sore and it gets easily inflamed. This cream has reduced the dryness and it leaves my skin feeling soothed. It sinks in reasonably quickly and the residue left behind isn't too greasy or unpleasant looking. The cream has calmed down my sore patch of skin and it's now a dull pale pink colour rather than bright pink like it was before. It's barely itched since using the cream, either! I like that it doesn't sting or irritate my skin once applied and I also like that it absorbs well. It doesn't absorb as fast as E45 would, however it doesn't just sit on the skin like a cream such as sudocream would. The cream hasn't got rid of my eczema but it certianly seems to be helping with the healing process and it makes the itchiness more bearable as well as reducing any inflammation due to the 'cooling' effect it provides.
The only downside that I can think of is that it rubs off easily, so I need to cover it with a bandage or cling film before going to bed. Even if you don't have eczema, I would reccomend this as a moisturiser for any rough patches of skin - for example elbows and knees.. it could even be used as a hand or foot cream for anyone with rough or dry skin on their hands and feet! The cream overall is a really good moisturiser and it leaves my skin feeling soothed. It reduces itchiness aswell and it's extremely affordable. A tube lasts for ages as I only need a tiny bit to cover my patch of eczema. I would overall reccomend the cream as it's so effective. 5/5!
I was prescribed Diprobase emollient a few years ago, when I was suffering bouts of skin irritation on my legs that resulted in itchy, dry and flaky patches. I have never suffered from that since that particular occurrence cleared up, but I have had outbreaks of something similar on my hands on and off over the years. When I was prescribed it the doctor told me I may want to use it at night as it's greasy, but I have not experienced this, I think it's fine so long as you don't use too much.
I got the 500g pump dispenser rather than a tube of it since I was using it all over both legs, which is great as not only do I have plenty of it but it's easy and clean to dispense. The bottle is white plastic and the pump has a red attachment that lets you close it to prevent accidental spillages or leaking. When this is in place the pump will not depress. It pulls off really easily and clips back on just as easy, so it's no hassle and not fiddly.
The cream itself is white, thick and does smell quite strongly, though to me it's not an offensive smell. It smells 'medicinal' if that makes sense. I do notice some lingering smell on my skin when I've been using it, but after a while it's not noticeable. It goes away quicker if I wash my hands, and doing so doesn't undo the good work of this cream so it's win win!
The label is chock full of information, most of which I will summarise, but remember to read it properly before using. Diprobase is usually used on really dry damaged skin, where it works to restore a lot of moisture. It is also used to soothe and protect raw skin which can result from many skin conditions. It is recommended for those suffering eczema, who can apply it before bathing to help prevent moisture loss. I used it this way for my hands as well as I was working in pubs during my worst outbreaks, and as such my hands spent a lot of time wet. I found this really did help stop them drying out, which in turn helped prevent them getting too itchy and flaky. Obviously as a result of this I scratched less.
Some side effects have been reported but these are generally quite minor and include things like itching and a rash (ironic!) I noticed no adverse effects at all when using this quite regularly, even when applying it more generously than the 'thin' the label recommends. I used to put it on my hands and slip on a pair of cotton gloves before bed. My hands felt great after washing them the next morning and it really sorted out dry patches.
When you put this on, you can almost feel the moisture being replaced. It is very soothing especially when you have quite severe dry flaky patches. When I used it on my legs, I would apply a little at a time direct to these areas and rub it in until it was all gone, and repeat this until the flakiness disappeared. Obviously it would come back over time but doing this really did help. I like the action of rubbing as well, as it helps satisfy my desire to scratch!
Since I got this on prescription I can't comment on prices, but what I can say is that it really worked for me to hydrate my poor skin when it badly needed it. And a little goes a long way so whatever size you get it should offer decent value.
I went to the doctors last year with a very silly complaint: I have itchy legs. It may make you say huh? But I had itchy legs and I just couldn't help but scratch them all the time. It got to the point that I was getting large scabs and cuts all over my legs just because I kept scratching my legs so much and it was starting to get seriously painful. She didn't say much about what problem I had, I think she mentioned eczema, but she said my skin was probably dry so I should start using this.
I was prescribed this and it came in an absolutely freakishly large bottle. It was a 500g bottle and was fairly heavy. It came with a strange red safety label on it, which I then realised you had to remove, but then I stupidly lost it. As a tip, keep this to put inside the pump as it will cause the cream to dry up.
It comes in a pump which makes it very easy to apply and. use. There is a safety twist on the pump which is great as you can keep it well out of reach of young children. When it comes it, it is a thick cream and you simply push it down and let the cream come flowing out. It is very very thick and will come out in a straight line as opposed to a large blob of cream.
I then started applying this to my legs after baths to help keep the moisture in and reduce the dryness and itchyness. I massaged this into the skin as directed in circles until the cream could no longer be seen. I did feel it took such a long time to dry into the skin and I was walking about for ages with wet legs waiting for them to dry. In the end, I felt my legs and they felt really greasy, I hated this feeling but I knew it was to stop the itchyness.
I also felt y hands were really creasy after applying this, even after washing them there was still a sense of greasiness in my hands and it was the greasiness of the cream that really did put me off using it. I did notice that my legs were definitely not as dry and what they used to be and they did improve them a good bit. I also rubbed them on my hands sometimes to stop the dryness, but in the end I just bought a Biotherm cream for them as the greasiness was getting a little too much.
It felt a little tingly and slightly itchy when I put it on at first but this goes away eventually and it gets to work on moistening your skin. You won't notice that your legs are incredibly soft and silky after use but it will definitely improve the dryness and it will help eczema.
One thing I hate about this cream is that if you don't use it for a few days, when you press the pump a long, hard, waxy piece of the old cream comes out. I also find this waxy material builds up around the pump so it does need a good clean once in a while to get all the yukky waxiness off.
Overall, it is not a top class beauty product that will give you beautiful soft skin which is rich and radiant, but it does reduce dryness and will reduce itchiness.
DiproBase is an emollient, moisturising and protective cream / It helps soothe, smooth and hydrate the skin and prevent moisture loss / DiproBase Cream is used to treat red, inflamed, damaged, dry or chapped skin and to protect raw skin areas / If you are suffering from a skin condition called eczema and your skin is dry, the cream can be applied before having a bath to prevent your skin from drying even further.