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Rubs Me Up the Right Way!
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 17/03/11, updated on 05/12/13 (1308 review reads)
Advantages: Effective moisturising cream, soothes, doesn't sting, prevents recurrence of severe eczema
Disadvantages: Clinical scent
My most recent episode of quite nasty, inflamed eczema was during my last pregnancy. This obviously presents other concerns as any creams or ointments can be absorbed into the bloodstream (albeit in minute quantities) and can have implications for pregnant women. I was prescribed a very low strength (either 0.5% or 1%) Hydrocortisone cream - which is the same strength that is prescribed to my children- to alleviate the symptoms and advised to use this in conjunction with Diprobase cream initially and then to continue using the Diprobase on an ongoing basis to keep the eczema at bay. I was advised to apply a generous layer of Diprobase first to soothe the inflamed skin and then, once it had been absorbed, to apply a thin layer of Hydrocortisone cream. Once the inflammation had died down completely, I switched to using Diprobase alone as a preventative measure and am still continuing to use it on a regular basis even now. Just as this is safe to use in pregnancy, it is also suitable for young children and my GP has prescribed the same cream as a moisturising and preventative treatment for my eight and three year old sons.
Diprobase cream is actually an emollient cream- designed to soothe and soften dry skin. It is similar in consistency and appearance to aqueous creams, being quite a thick, white substance that absorbs into the skin easily. It's a purely functional product, as you'd expect, so there are no added perfumes or anything to disguise the smell which I think is mainly derived from the paraffin which is one of the active ingredients. It's not a disgusting smell, by any means, it's just not a product that leaves you feeling particularly feminine and pampered - although it is certainly a vast improvement on dry, scaly or at worst bleeding and weeping patches of skin!
One of the advantages of using this is that it does soothe the skin on impact and doesn't sting inflamed or broken skin, even when first applied. I've found that many creams, even mild creams such as E45 or Sudocrem, can sting broken skin where my boys (or I) have been scratching vigorously and that stinging makes applying cream quite a difficult and stressful experience for all concerned. I certainly find it easier to apply this to my boys' skin without the same tears and hysteria! It's also reassuring to discover that this cream is free from parabens and lanolin which are common irritants to people with sensitive skin and doesn't contain foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulphate either.
I have tried many types of moisturising and aqueous creams previously and have never found them to be particularly effective at preventing my eczema from recurring and they certainly don't have any impact on severe eczema. Diprobase seems to be slightly stronger, in terms of efficacy, or at the very last seems to suit my skin type better as I find that the Diprobase does actually keep my skin properly moisturised and can even head off the early stages of an attack. Since my last episode, I've found that my eczema has seemed much better and I haven't had any patches, beyond very minor areas of dry skin that can come and go very quickly. I have found that my three year old will often get eczema appearing around his cheeks whenever he's coming down with a cold. A couple of applications of Diprobase soon relieve these patches and seem to soothe the itchiness too, meaning he is less likely to scratch the spots making them worse and risking infections.
My original prescription, given it was recommended to be used on an ongoing basis, was for a giant 500g tub complete with a pump action dispenser which lasted for absolutely ages, despite applying generous amounts several times a day. This format is really handy as it dispenses the cream easily and without any mess or fuss, although it's good to know that smaller 50g tubes are also available which are more practical to take in your handbag! Both formats can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies although I've continued to get mine on prescription as I'm currently entitled to free prescriptions.
Diprobase is also available in the form of an ointment or a bath treatment (Diprobath), neither of which I've tried personally. These alternatives products might be worth asking your GP for, if a cream is not appropriate for any reason. Otherwise, I would certainly recommend speaking to your GP or pharmacist about Diprobase emollient cream as I've certainly found it to be the most effective moisturising treatment to minimise and prevent severe outbreaks of eczema for both me and my children.
Summary: An excellent preventative measure for skin prone to eczema
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