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I actually only bought this accidentally a few years ago. I suffer from very dry hands and was actually only looking for a moisturizing cream. As E45 is well known as a moisturizing cream I didn't really pay attention to anything but the brand and the price when I was buying it - I didn't realise the "Itch Relief" written on the front.
Nevertheless, I still did use it as a moisturiser as it was E45 after all and this product is based on their moisturiser. For this purpose, it worked fairly well - if I used it multiple times a day, my skin would be a lot smoother and it wouldn't crack and bleed from the harsh winter weather as it one did. However, as I was using large amounts of it in a single place - more than was probably intended as an itch cream, I did have trouble with it sinking into my skin and it generally took a very long time. This meant that I was unable to do anything until it has absorbed or face having to wipe cream off of every surface I touched afterwards. I have also used the cream as an itch relief cream after I actually read the packaging but it was still not what you would call a fast absorbing cream, it would still take a fair while to do so.
I didn't really have any use for this cream after I found an actual moisturising cream, however I did find it perfect for insect bites. In the summer when my legs get covered in midge bites due to being in the garden too long, I can really struggle to get to sleep as all I can think about is the itchiness. As I had this cream in my room one night I though there would be no harm in trying it. As soon as I plied it, I had instant soothing, this was mainly because it was cold - I have also heard that putting it in the fridge makes the soothing even better however I haven't tried this out yet. Once the cream gets working, the itchiness almost completely goes away and I can get a good nights sleep. It usually takes full effect within a minute or so - so fantastic results!
As for application for insect bites, I tend to like to rub it in only very lightly to avoid making the itchiness worse by irritating the bite, leaving the majority unabsorbed. It will eventually get absorbed but you must just watch out for getting it over sheets or trousers until this time has come.
I have been buying E45 Itch Relief cream for a few years. My daughter has a tendency towards eczema and though our doctor has prescribed some mild hydrocortisone creams for her, I try not to use them too much as I am aware that they can have some horrible side effects, such as thinning of the skin. I use hydrocortisone only when it's absolutely necessary, and even then, only in tiny amounts, and in between times I use E45 itch relief cream to try to keep the horrible itch-scratch cycle under control.
This cream costs me nothing as I get it on prescription for my daughter. It comes in a white plastic bottle and it has a small pump dispenser on the top to make it easy to apply and also to get out the exact amount I need at any one time. The cream is quite thick in consistency and white in colour. It doesn't seem to smell of anything at all when I use it and it is completely odourless.
My daughter suffers from eczema patches in the crooks of her elbows and at the backs of her knees. When she has a big flare up it comes out right across her chest and shoulders and can also creep up onto the face when it gets really nasty. She then gets stressed out about the redness and itching and this makes the eczema worse - it's a horrible vicious cycle. I'm told she'll probably grow out of it and I really hope that she does, but in the meantime, all I can do is to try to help relieve some of her symptoms.
As the cream is on the thick side, it does take a little time to be properly absorbed into the skin. My daughter feels some relief from me simply applying this cream and that is also why I like to store it in my fridge so it feels quite cooling upon application. I apply only a small amount at a time and build it up as necessary. The cream does become absorbed after a little while and approximately half an hour after application, I can see that she's stopped scratching at her body quite so much.
This cream does seem to contain properties which help to not only relieve the itching, but also helps to moisturise and soften the skin and take away the scaly patches she has through constantly scratching. It's cooling and soothing and I have also used it myself on lots of occasions after being out in the sun for too long, or more recently, during the winter months I have been applying it to my shins quite liberally, as they have become rather dry and itchy due to being indoors and having the central heating turned up so high.
This is a brand of cream I trust and I have used it on her since she was a baby. It's kind and gentle to the skin but also very effective at the same time. I highly recommend it.
I have been buying this E45 itch relief cream for my 9 month old son since he was around 3 months old. He started to get really dry and red skin on the bottom of his legs, tops of his arm and also on his face. I have eczema myself and I know how itchy and uncomfortable it can be, so when I went to buy something to help him out, it was the 'itchy relief' on the box that sold this to me.
Obviously a baby cannot tell you if their skin is itchy, or itch it themselves so I wanted to make sure I got something that would help in case it was itchy, as mine itches a lot. E45 cream has been around for many years, and is a very trusted brand. It can be bought in supermarkets, Boots etc. It comes in many different sizes and different style tubs. I bought a 50g tube from Boots for £3.50, as this was the best way to carry it around, as it has a good lid on it to ensure nothing leaks out. It is also a nice handy size to carry around with me in my bag.
This cream is white in colour, and it isn't too thick. It feels slightly greasy to me when you put it on your hands and are rubbing it in, but it actually does sink into your skin quite fast, but takes a few minutes to be absorbed completely, you can still feel it on your skin afterwards. You just apply this cream to the affected area, by rubbing it in gently. You only need such a tiny amount of this, as it really spreads well. A tube lasts me around 4 months, before I have to replace it, and I use it on my baby practically every day.
This E45 cream has improved my babies skin dramatically. It looked so sore, red and dry and now it is so much smoother and looks so much better. It hasn't got rid of his eczema completely but it looks so much better, I have to keep using this cream a few times a day or it goes dry again. I usually smother this on at night when he is a asleep, quite thick and in the morning his skin feels so soft and smooth.
I have used this on my own skin, on my hands where I get eczema, and this really does relieve the itching. In the creases of my wrists is the worst area for itching, and it really does help a lot. When you apply it, it actually feels really soothing and cools my skin. I am glad it really helped relieve my itching, as this is reassuring to know I am relieving my babies itchy skin by using this. I will continue to buy this cream for both me and my baby, as this cold weather really does dry our skin out, and this gives a nice cool and soothing relieve to our itchy and dry skin! Highly recommended for such a cheap price, it is a great product!
WHAT IS IT?
E45 cream that has been developed for itchy skin.
Mine is in a tube with the very plain white and blue colour scheme of E45.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Rub the cream into the affected area whenever your skin is itchy. It's best for people who have eczema but can be used on more localised skin conditions too including insect bites.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I use it on my very dry skin because sometimes it gets so dry it itches badly. You only need to use a small amount of the thick cream because it rubs in quickly and thoroughly. The cream stops me itching straightaway and the effect lasts for longer than anything I've ever used before including creams by doctor has prescribed for me.
The E45 cream smells nice and fresh, it hasn't got much of a smell of its own apart from being creamy and fresh. It isn't greasy but is quite a heavy cream on my skin, when I've rubbed it in my skin feels a bit clogged up but that feeling goes quickly.
I like using it on my skin because it's moisturising as well as working to stop the itch, this is also good for eczema sufferers because it's important you keep the area well moisturised to lessen the symptoms. If I use it on an itchy insect bite I just put a spot on the affected area and leave it without rubbing it in. This cream doesn't sting when I apply it because it's so gentle and if my skin is sore it's quite soothing.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I suffer from a condition called winter dry skin which is basically a dry skin condition brought on by a combination of cold weather and dry air from central heating. The condition basically leeches all the moisture from my skin and makes it dry, itchy and sore to the point where I can make myself bleed from scratching. The only treatment for it is to ensure that I slather on emollient creams and try not to irritate it any further by taking hot baths and showers etc.
I love original E45 cream but I find it far too expensive when I can buy aqueous cream for a third of the price and it does pretty much the same job. I did however buy a tube of E45 itch relief cream when I was suffering particularly badly as I wanted to see if it would not only help with the dryness but also do something to relieve the severe itching that was driving me to distraction.
The tube cost me nearly £6 which was for 100grams of cream. Because the tube was too small for me to be able to use it all over as I do with the aqueous cream I just followed my usual routine of slathering aqueous cream all over and then used the itch relief cream on those parts of my body which were particularly dry, itchy and painful. For me those parts are my inner thighs and my shoulders.
I noticed straight away how thick the cream was and it seemed to me to be just a tad thicker than normal E45 is. The cream felt extremely greasy and took a while to actually absorb into my skin even though I massaged it carefully into the areas I wanted it to be. It did immediately moisturise my skin and I could notice that the severe dry areas were immediately better. I was hoping that it would immediately take away the itch but this wasn't the case however it did start relieving the itch after about 10 minutes of being on my skin.
Unfortunately it didn't take away all the itching and what relief it did give only lasted a short time before it returned and I had to reapply more cream to the areas.
E45 itch relief cream contains the active ingredient Lauromacrogols which is supposed to act as an anesthetic to slightly numb the skin and relieve the itching associated with dry skin conditions. It definitely did do this but I just felt like the ingredients weren't in a strong enough combination to work on my serve dry skin. Perhaps if your skin isn't quite as bad as this then the cream may be more effective at keeping the itch away.
As a moisturiser it worked amazing but again the tube was just too small to be really effective and it just wouldn't be economically viable for me to be able to use it all over which is what I personally need.
If you only have small patches of dry skin then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cream but for people who have larger areas to cover then you would be better sticking to using aqueous cream or similar and using cold clothes to help take away the itch instead.
My mum suffers from eczema and unfortunately I have taken after her as the condition affects me too, thankfully I only get it occasionally when small patches crop up, usually on my elbows and legs. However as all other sufferers will be very aware of, it itches like mad and it is usually impossible to leave it alone and not give in to the temptation to scratch, usually making it even more sore in the process. A family friend and fellow sufferer recommended E45 Itch Relief Cream after she'd had great success with it, my mum who gets it far worse than me was at the end of her tether and willing to try anything so she went out and bought a tube.
We've tried various creams in the past and nothing had really worked so we weren't expecting much from this to be honest, however we are happy to say that we have indeed been proven wrong! This cream brings such relief, calming itchy skin quickly and also acting to moisturise dry areas. As stated by E45's own website: "E45 Itch Relief Cream treats itchy, irritated skin caused by eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and other dry skin conditions. Formulated with lauromacrogols, an anti-itch ingredient, and urea, a moisturiser found naturally in the skin, it moisturises affected areas to bring relief. Treats and soothes the itching caused by eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and other dry scaling skin conditions. Available in 50g, 100g and 500g."
All I can comment is that I'm so thankful for them anti-itch lauromacrogols! Once applied to my eczema I began to notice a cooling, calming effect almost immediately, I felt such a sense of "ahhhh", oh the relief! I now use this cream regularly to keep my eczema at bay and to stop that horrid sore itchyness in its tracks - I've noticed that since I started using it my eczema prone patches of skin have gotten a lot softer and feel really hydrated; compared to before when my skin used to sometimes crack in places due to dryness. My mum has also recieved similar success with this cream and her eczema is no way near as bad as it used to be, her skin is in much softer condition and the itching that accompanies the condition has diminished a lot too; she now finds her eczema so much easier to manage.
E45 Itch Relief Cream is now a staple in our bathroom cabinet as we both can't be without it, I've found that eczema can flare up suddenly and so it is always handy to have a tube around in order to releave the symptoms as soon as they begin. The 50g tube can usually be bought for around the £2-£3 mark which I think is a very good price considering how well it works. The cream shouldn't be used on infected, weeping or broken skin and as with anything there are possible side effects such as flushing of the skin and even itching - which I think is a bit ironic considering the cream is marketed as itch relief! However both myself and my mum haven't experienced any adverse effects whatsoever. If you'd like to know more about the cream and how it works all scientifically to help your skin then please check out: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/skin-and-hair/medicines/e45-itch-relief-cream.html.
Overall a smashing product that works quickly and effectively to relief the symptoms of eczema and other pesky skin conditions, 5 stars from me.
You may or may not be pleased to know that this review has nothing at all to do with lifeboats! I do still have a few more items from our shop to review but I am digressing to tell you about something that has really helped me recently.
Before I begin to review the actual product I will give you some background information as to why I decided to purchase it.
It all started about five weeks ago when my eyelids began to go red starting at the corners and gradually covering more and more of the eyelids as the days went on. Then the redness began to get crusty and itchy so I asked the pharmacist in my local branch of Boots what I should use to get rid of it.
She told me that I it looked as though I had eczema and told me to use something called Simple Eye Ointment which I did but it had little effect so I went to my doctor. He told me that I had an allergy to something and it could be any one of a million things and just gave me a fortnight's supply of antihistamines which did no good either!
I then looked on the Internet and discovered that, from my symptoms, I probably had something called blepharitis. The self help instructions told me to apply a hot compress to my eyes and then wipe them with hot water twice a day. It also suggested that I use a cream such as E45 to help with the itching. This was such a simple thing that I thought I would be able to try it without risking making the situation worse.
Incidentally I have since seen my optician who did a thorough examination, confirmed my diagnosis and told me that I had been doing the right thing and suggested that I continue so I was pleased about that.
Anyway once I had decided that I needed the E45 cream I headed off to Boots to see what was available. There are many different sizes to choose from including both lotion and cream. The one that I chose was the 50g tube in a box labelled Dermatological E45 Itch Relief Cream and, whilst I am sure that I only paid £3 something for mine last week, the price on the website is currently £5.85.
There was no leaflet inside the box but all the information that I needed was printed on the outside of the box. This is split into six sections being:
What E45 Itch Relief Cream is Used For
Before You Use E45 Itch Relief Cream
How to Use E45 Itch Relief Cream
Possible Side Effects
How to Store E45 Itch Relief Cream
I don't intend repeating all the information here but I will give you the basics.
The cream is suitable for any dry skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis and it is suitable for use by the whole family. You are advised not to use the cream if the seal on the tube is broken or, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
The cream is formulated using urea which is a moisturiser found naturally in your skin and this is why it unlikely to cause any allergic reactions.
The instructions for use are simple enough - you just apply to the skin twice daily and, if the symptoms persist, consult your doctor. The advice is not to apply the cream to very red or broken skin although my eyelids were extremely red and, apart from a bit of initial stinging, I was fine.
The cream comes in a tube and to use it you just unscrew the lid, upend it and screw it back on. This is because there is a point in the top of the lid which will break the aluminium seal at the top of the tube and then it is ready to use. Squeeze the tube gently to get the required amount of cream - be aware that a little goes a long way.
The cream has no fragrance, is non greasy and claims to soothe and moisturise the skin. I can say that this is definitely true! As I said earlier there was a bit of stinging as I first applied it but the cream made my eyelids feel SO much better almost instantly. After using it for a few days the crusting had pretty much disappeared and the redness had reduced considerably.
I found that this cream made my eyelids feel much more comfortable and it definitely relived the itching - thank heavens! I only used a tiny bit on my eyelids and a tiny bit more on the skin just below my eyes but this was plenty. In fact, if I used too much, it got into my eyes and blurred my vision a bit!
I have only used this cream to treat my blepharitis but I have no reason to suppose that it would not be just as good for any other dry skin problems. I would recommend it without hesitation - I have been very impressed! This cream has been a Godsend to me.
Sometimes I get irritations on my hands, they itch and sometimes I tend to scratch them too much and make them sore. I didn't have any of this cream handy at home recently when my hands were itching and I was making them sore scratching them, so I popped to the shops to buy some. I have been using it for a good number of years, so knew it was a good cream.
I bought a tube for £2.25, the amount in the tube is 50ml. The tube is white with E45 clearly on the front. Is easily spotted in the shop. Inside the tube it is a cream, it is white and has a very soft texture. It is more the texture of a moisturiser but just a little thicker consistency.
It is easy to apply to the skin by just squeezing a little from the tube directly onto the area you need to use the cream. It is easy to gently rub the area, it takes a couple of minutes to absorb into the skin and it doesn't feel greasy and just soaks well into the skin. When my hands felt continually itchy and I applied some of this cream, it eased it almost immediately. It relieved the itching in no time. When I have itches I sometimes try and rub them rather than scratch them but if the itching is too much I have to scratch and then the area becomes sore. This is when I use this cream for a quick relief. Works in a fast time for my skin.
This cream works wonders for irritations on the skin. It is good for flaky skin too. I sometimes suffer with dry skin on my knees, I find a couple of applications of the cream helps to soften the skin and bring it back to normal again.
It is good to use on itchy skin, chapped, flaky and rough skin we all suffer from at some point in our lives. It can be used also for sunburn, I haven't used it for sunburn so cannot say whether it works or not for soothing burned skin. However I can say it does work for rough skin, it helps moisturise and soften the skin so that it becomes more softer and less irritating.
I do suffer occasionally with mild eczema, I don't have this problem, but when I have this condition I just use this cream for a couple of days and my skin is back to normal again.
This cream is well worth the money. It is available in larger tubes and tubs. It is also available in a pump action bottle and this is a lotion so that if you want to use it more often and maybe every day and need to use more of the product, the lotion may be an option so that it is more easy to just pump from the bottle directly onto the hands and then apply on the skin.
I highly recommend this cream for anyone who suffers with dry skin or just minor irritations or just to use on a regular basis. It eases the itching almost immediately it is applied to the skin. It soothes really well and leaves the skin nice and soft.
All the family can use this cream, including small children. It is an effective cream to help the skin to bring it back to a more comfortable feeling and it works to stop my irritations on my hands.
I will keep on buying this cream. It works and it is worth the price. It is also good quality and good value for money.
I rate it 5 stars.
My skin is a nightmare!! I have suffered with eczema for four/five years now and just when I think my skin has settled down and my eczema has decided to leave me alone for a month or two, it comes back with a vengence. I suffer with discoid eczema which comes in dry and itchy patches, along with small bumps that tend to bleed, ooze and itch, and they also give my skin the lovely (!) sensation that it's been ripped off and burnt - not a nice feeling I assure you. I have tried so many lotions and potions and have been getting the normal E45 cream and steroid cream on prescription for the past few years which are reasonably effective but neither really help control the itch, so when I saw this a week or so ago in my local chemists (Lloyds pharmacy) I decided to buy it as I know that E45 are a good, trust worthy brand and their products (the ones i've tried anyway) are effective.
I decided to purchase the small 100 gram squeezable tube to try before buying the large pump as I wasn't sure if it'd be much different to normal E45. There was also a 50 gram tube available for £3, as well as a large 500 gram pump bottle, which was priced at £25. I paid £5.79 for the 100 gram tube which certiannly isn't cheap but it's not extortionate either. I didn't mind paying that bit extra anyway as like I said above, E45 products are good quality and effective. You do not need a prescription for this although it's probably available on prescription. It can be purchased from a variety of shops including supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug, online via online chemists etc, and it's also available on Amazon.
This cream is suitable for the treatment of a variety of dry, inflammed and itchy skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and many others. It would also be suitable for itchy insect bites. The cream is a non greasy moisturiser which has an anti-itch ingredient called lauromacrogols. This ingredient soothes the skin and rapidly relieves the itching, leaving the skin feeling calm. The 100 gram tube comes in a cardboard box which has the E45 logo and the product name. The tube itself is a squeezy tube. It's white with blue font stating the product name and there's the E45 logo on the right hand side. The tube isn't tough which means it's not an effort to get the product out; all it needs is a gentle squeeze to get a small blob out.
The tube a decent size but not huge, if you have all-over eczema then i'd reccomend getting a large pump version. A tube lasts well - i've had mine for around a week and the tube looks barely touched, but obviously if you need to frequently use it a pump would be longer lasting and better in the long run. The cream itself is the same colour as consistecy as normal E45 cream. It has a lightweight texture and it's thick enough not to run off the skin but lightweight enough not to feel heavy on the skin. It's smooth with a moist, non-greasy texture and it has an almost silky feel to it. There is no noticeable smell, and it smells just like other E45 creams; plain and gentle.
I have eczema on my wrists and ankles, and it's in patches, I need about two small penny sized blobs to cover it all and I only use a thin layer. The cream once on my skin immedietly provides a lovely cooling feeling and it provides instant relief. I smoothe a thin layer onto the sore and itchy patches and then let it soak in, which doesn't take long. I like that when I put it onto sore and irritated skin it doesn't burn or sting like a lot of other creams do and it can be used on broken skin unlike steroid creams. The cream provides moisture as well as relief and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It calms down the irritated skin noticeably and after 3/4 days of using this the irritated patches of skin skin went from an angry bright red shade to a more calm shade of light pink and it's defiently clearing it up - my skin doesn't feel itchy at all after using this and it's a fabulous, effective product. I have not had any side effects from it and despite being very gentle it is no doubt effective.
Overall, I highly reccomend this cream.
Suffering from eczema and certain allergies means that I have times when I lie awake at night feeling so itchy that there is just no way that I could sleep. In the past I have used moisturisers and the like but the perfume in the products has just proceeded to irritate my skin. This is what prompted me to try out this E45 itch relief cream and I first started using it after my friend gave me a little bit left in a bottle so I could try it and this then prompted me to purchase a full bottle. I buy mine in 100ml bottles and these retail at around £5.85 at present. This is a reasonable price for me and is much cheaper than some of the lotions and potions I have been using in my quest to have an itch free sleep.
E45 is a brand that I have come to know and trust over the years having used their bath products and their standard E45 cream on and off for years. I had no problems at all trying something new from E45 particularly something that worked as well as this!
This cream is quite light and is simple to apply. A little goes a long way with this and I usually pump some on to my hand before I use that £2 coin sized amount to cover the parts of my body that are itching. I usually need to apply this to my legs and the bottom of my back. This is where I suffer the most, besides my ankles but I use a different cream on them usually.
This cream works well at providing moisture to my affected areas and it does definitely significantly reduce the itching. The itching I experience did not complete stop but it was definitely reduced enough for me to be able to get to sleep at night.
The best feature of this cream for me is that it is not greasy which means I can apply it, rub it in and then I can head off to bed without having skin that feels disgusting and greasy. My skin does not suffer any adverse effects after using this and my eczema does not get worse either. I mainly use this for the itchy skin rather than the eczema but on the occasions I have had some excess left I have put it on my ankles and this has certainly not made my eczema any worse and has left it moisturised and hydrated which helps to reduce how much it itches in turn.
Overall I have been very pleased with this cream. I can use it and it will absorb within a few minutes, it is not greasy, it works well at reducing the itching and a little goes a long way. I am very pleased with the price of this cream and how well it works. I will definitely keep using this in the future and while I have used a few smaller more compact products I will continue to use this at bed times to help stop those irritating itches I suffer from sometimes.
I suffer with a little bit of eczema on my legs which I hate and although it is only a small amount it can become very uncomfortable. It becomes more uncomfortable and can look worse when it gets aggravated and I itch it. I was recommended to try the E45 itch relief cream to try and help it and I have to say I think it is great.
**What E45 say**
E45 itch relief cream treats and soothes itching caused by eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and other dry skin conditions. E45 itch relief cream is non-greasy, moisturising and will soothe your skin and leave it feeling calm and comfortable.
I purchased the big tube of this product which is 100g. I really like the packaging of this product as it doesn't allow for any waste. I hate it when you have a tube which instantly squirts out product by itself when the lid is taken off. There are no problems with this tube and you only need to give the tube a gentle squeeze in order to release the product. The screw top lid is very secure and protects the product and prevents any leakages.
The first time I used this product I wasn't expecting so much to come out when I squeezed the tube. As the product was released I was surprised at how thin the consistency of the cream looked in comparison to the original E45 cream
As I began to rub the product into my skin it instantly began to have a cooling effect which soothed my skin. I have used this product when I have been itching my legs and they are quite sore, using this product on sore skin hasn't irritated it at all.
The cream rubs into the skin very easily and is quickly absorbed. I like to use quite a bit of this product on my legs before I go to bed to give them a deeper moisturising and it seems to work well. However during the days when I use a smaller amount there is no residue left on my legs and I have no problems with the product sticking to my clothes at all.
There is also not much of a scent to this product so no one will know you are wearing it.
As soon as I apply this product I have no urge to itch my legs. My skin feels calm and it is as though there is no eczema there. If I have applied the cream once I usually do not have to apply anymore throughout the rest of the day. After using this cream once a day to begin with I am now using it probably every 3-4 days so it definitely does a good job.
Since I have been using the cream my skin has improved a lot both in the way it makes me physically feel and the way it looks. It does not agitate me and the overall condition of the skin is healthier.
**Price and availability**
You can buy this cream from a number of retailers including shops like boots and supermarkets. The average price for this product is £5.
In case you cannot tell I really like this product and I can't recommend it highly enough. It does an excellent job at keeping my eczema at bay and for the price I think it is brilliant.
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As someone who has suffered on and off with eczema and allergic dermatitis, I have tried a variety of products over the years.
While pregnant, I woke up one morning to find that I had had a flare up in the night and needed to get something to stop the unbearable itching and me making the problem worse. I did not want to use Eumovate or hydrocortisone due to some of the active ingredients, but also didn't think that a basic moisturiser would do the job. After rummaging around Boots, I stumbled across this product and decided that it would be the best one way to try as e45 is such a well known brand and I have used their basic moisturiser before without issue.
As soon as I could I put the cream on, expecting relief from my tight skin and from the itching. Unfortunately that was not to be the case. Even where the skin was not that badly damaged this cream really stung and made my skin feel tighter and uncomfortable, and when I got some on the sore area of skin I nearly leaped onto the ceiling the pain was that bad. It literally felt like my skin was being burned. I washed it off as quickly as I could, but even that and drying the area was bad because the cream had irritated the skin so quickly.
As for the itching relief, I really don't believe that this cream did anymore than a basic moisturiser would have done, and I could have purchased that for half the price.
Overall I was extremely disappointed with this product and would not use it again or recommend it to someone else. I don't think I am likely to be the only person attempting to use this cream that has sensitive skin and the burning pain is most definitely not worth it!
Since my teenage years, admittedly a very long time ago now, I have suffered with dermatitis. This mainly affected my hands and wrists and at times was acute. I had to wear household gloves for any domestic task involving detergents and for task such as peeling potatoes. I found starch set my rash off terribly. My rash would wake me during the night with the most intense itching. I would go to the bathroom and run my hands under cold water and try not to scratch but it was so bad that usually I scratched and the rash became open, sore and sometimes even infected.
I tried many creams and ointments;some from over the counter in the chemist shops and many prescribed by my own G.P. and consultant dermatologists. I found some preparations helped for a while but that was all. The only thing that resulted in my rash going away completely was during my four pregnancies and the ensuing periods whilst I was breastfeeding my babies.
When this rash was at its worst then the only thing that alleviated the intense itching was Piriton but this also made me sleepy. At times when the dermatitis was itchy but not at its worst then certain preparations helped, especially if used before the itching really took hold. I found that if my skin became dry then the rash would become troublesome and the itching would start. Over the years I often began to know when a dermatitis flare up was likely and if treated early then better results were obtained
At one time I was advised to use, along with a new and prescribed ointment cream E45 which I found very good and have never been without in some form since. I'm not sure if it was prescribed or purchased as this is going back a few years when prescriptions were much cheaper than they are today. My doctor advised that the E45 cream would help to moisturise my hands and he felt it wouldn't cause an adverse reaction. From first trying E45 I was a fan of it.
As I've become older my dermatitis is usually kept under control;certain things are definitely a no no. I have to be careful with skin products and as am rule use un-perfumed soaps. But my skin overall is sensitive and many things can set off an itching bout and a nettle rash can occur, not only on my hands. At times like this I have to apply something quickly to stop the itching or it spreads and worsens. I am feeling itchy now just thinking about it!
Fortunately, a few years ago, I saw in a chemist shop that E45 had a sister, named E45 itch relief cream. I immediately purchased this and tried it.
I now find that I purchase E45 in the itch relief variety as, although I don't think it is quite so good at moisturising and replenishing the skin, I do really appreciate the fact that it still does have moisturising properties, as well as soothing and calming my often irritated skin.
I am sure that in the days when my dermatitis was at its most troublesome and I would wake at night scratching at my hands furiously, then this cream would not have been strong enough to calm the itching;no cream that I tried was though. However, now as long as I use this as soon as the itching starts I find it effective. As soon as my hands become dry or a little irritated I reach for E45 itch relief. I don't rub it in but gently smear it on to the skin as this causes less irritation.
I like the container it comes in with the ease of applicator design, as I find this easier to use, rather than wrestling with the tub lid as I used to with E45 cream, especially when replacing it while the cream hadn't quite absorbed into my skin.
But another reason why I like E45 itch relief is because it is handy, when used in the tube packaging, for travel. I used to have to take a cream with me for itch relief and a further cream for moisturising purposes, but now only take the one to do two jobs. In fact, whilst on holiday I find this cream is a good all rounder. I usually carry a tube in my handbag and, if suffering from sunburn and dry skin, I can use this while out;it being handier to travel around with than after sun. Of course, it has greater versatility.
I have had no adverse reactions to E45 Itch Relief although I suppose it can cause reactions with some so please read ingredients before using.
FACTS FOR E45 ITCH RELIEF CREAM ( Taken from www.superdrug.co.uk):
' Dermatological. Rapid relief from the itch of eczema. Treats and soothes problem, dry skin conditions. E45 itch Relief Cream treats and soothes the itching caused by eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and other dry skin conditions.
The anti-itch ingredient, lauromacrogols rapidly relieves the itching caused by these problem, dry skin conditions. Specially formulated with urea, a moisturiser found naturally within the skin, E45 Itch Relief Cream is non-greasy, moisturising and quickly absorbed to soothe your skin leaving it feeling calm and comfortable.
E45 Itch Relief Cream can be used by the elderly, adults and children. Also available in 50g. Dermatologically Tested - Allergy Screened - Perfume Free.'
INGREDIENTS (NOT in my own words but taken from taken from www.boots.com):
'Contains: Urea 5.0% w/w, Lauromacrogols 3.0% w/w. Also contains: Dimeticone, Phenyl Dimeticone, Liquid Paraffin, Cetyl Palmitate, Stearic Palmitic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Polysorbate, Carbomer, Glycerol, Benzyl Alcohol, Trometamol, Purified Water.'
Superdrug: 100g-£5.81 per
Boots: 50g tube-£3.87
Lloyds Pharmacy: 100g tube- £5.65
Amazon.com: 500g pump dispenser- £23.77
Anyone who suffers from eczema will know how itchy it can get. I have really bad eczema on my foot...it's been there about four years now, and every time I get rid of it, it comes back. I know I shouldn't scratch it as that makes it worse, but sometimes I can't resist!
It was my boyfriend who suggested I get the E45 anti-itch cream. I wasn't keen really as although I've used E45 products in the past (I actually won loads in a competition a few years back), on the whole I don't really find the brand helps my eczema very much. I relented though as I knew I was getting on his nerves with my constant scratching.
E45 are a brand that are especially formulated for dry skin and the conditions that often come with it, such as eczema. They have 50 years of experience in skincare, and have a huge range of products from creams to bath oils and lip balm.
~About the anti-itch cream~
The product claims to treat and soothe the itching caused by eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and other dry skin conditions. The ingredient that stops the itching is lauromacrogols, which is a new one on me! It is perfume free, allergy screened and dermatologically tested.
E45 also say it is non-greasy, moisturising and quickly absorbed. It can be used by both adults and children and also specifies it's suitable for the elderly, which I thought was strange. Are there certain products you can't use once you're deemed to be old?
The product is available in both a bottle and a tube. I have the 50g tube, which comes in a white and blue box, which contains all information that could be needed. It's very basic and quite clinical but I would expect that from this sort of product.
The tube is metal and the screw top lid has a point so that it can be used to break the seal on the tube. I've found the tube durable and the metal hasn't split at the edges, which is something that happens regularly with my prescription steroid creams.
The cream is a glossy white and doesn't really have any noticeable scent to it. The cream looks quite thick when it comes out of the tube, but I find that only a small amount is needed per use, as it spreads out well.
The cream feels quite light on the skin and when I rub it in I find that it always feels just slightly greasy. As long as you're not too over-generous with the amount you apply I find that it won't take long to sink in. It does leave a very slight residue on the skin, which feels a little bit greasy but not particularly uncomfortable.
The immediate effect the cream has is to moisturise the skin. I find this alone makes my skin feel more comfortable, as it relieves the tightness that makes it itch. I also think it feels quite cooling on the skin which is also seems to help.
When I began using this I didn't really expect it to stop me from itching if I'm totally honest, however I have been surprised at how well it actually works. It makes the skin feel much more comfortable, so the majority of the time I don't even feel the need to scratch. I won't lie, it doesn't stop me from itching completely, but I would say there is a 90% improvement when I apply this cream.
Using this cream has resulted in my eczema healing much quicker than normal, as it now rarely bleeds when I scratch it. It says that this should be applied twice a day, but on occasions I have applied more often. It's great to apply before bed as I used to scratch my foot in my sleep and wake up with blood under my nails (yuk), but now that's becoming a much less frequent occurance.
As with any health product it comes with warnings but most are just common sense:
* This can't be used on broken skin or skin that is oozing or infected
* You should not apply to breasts immediately prior to breast feeding
* External use only
* Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients
Possible side effects are a burning sensation, redness, itching (!?!?) or pus. Thankfully I haven't experienced any side effects.
I bought the 50g tube, but this can also be bought in a 100g or 500g size. I bought mine from Bodycare where it cost about £2.50. The following prices were found online, unfortunately all from different places as I couldn't find one place that stocked all three sizes.
50g - £3.62 - ASDA
100g - £4.89 -Chemist Direct
500g - £23.99 - Total Pharmacy
Although I started using this with low expectations, I have been very impressed by the product. Whilst it's not a complete cure, I found it worked extremely well on my eczema and it's a product I would recommend and continue to buy.
Following a recent operation, I found one infuriating aspect of recovery involved the scar itching like crazy. Almost every evening. And once I started scratching, do you think I could stop? No! A half hearted one fingered scratch inevitably turned into something far more obsessive. Covered by a dressing for the first week, I had assumed it was the dressing that was making the scar itch, but no. The itching was no better once the (one long) stitch was removed and I no longer had to cover it with a dressing.
I'm sure even if you haven't used any of the E45 range you will be familiar with their products, in the white and blue semi-clinical packaging. Having previously used their E45 Moisturising lotion on my hands and feet and liked it, I was happy to try their Itch Relief Cream.
The packaging states that it provides "rapid relief from the itch of eczema" and "treats and soothes problem, dry skin conditions". Exactly what I needed, but would it work?
~ About the Itch Relief Cream and its claims ~
This particular E45 cream contains something called lauromacrogols, which it's claimed is an anti-itch ingredient. The other active ingredient which sets this apart from most other skincare creams is something called urea. This, the packaging claims is a naturally occurring moisturiser found in the skin. The idea is that when applied, it moisturises the affected areas to bring relief.
Logically then, if this can halt the itchy feeling to start with, the less you're likely to scratch, and the less sore you'll become as a result, aiding a quicker recovery overall.
~ Come over to the dark (yellow) side with me ~
A quick look on the internet tells me that Lauromacrogols is very rarely used in skincare per se. Most products it is used in are haemorrhoid treatments. So, presumably, it does indeed halt the all important itchy feeling.
As for Urea, this is essentially a waste product. So although it may be found in our skin, it's removed by our kidneys as a component of urine.
~ The packaging and design of the cream ~
As with all the other E45 products, this isn't intended to be stylish or eye catching, but rather clinical and plain. The tube itself is white with all the writing in blue or red. Nothing fancy about it, but then they're not trying to compete with the majority of expensive skincare brands.
The tube I bought is the smallest available at 50g. It comes in recyclable cardboard packaging, and all the writing is in larger print on here, making it easier to read than on the tube itself. It's also sold in a 100g tube or a 500g tub.
After checking that the seal on the tube is intact...
..it can be applied to the affected area twice a day. I tend to apply it only at night time after having had a bath. It has the same thick consistency as their Moisturising Lotion and I only have to use it sparingly. Due to it being a scar that I'm using it on rather than a general skin complain like eczema, I rub it in gently just using my fingertips. There is therefore only the smallest of residue left on my fingers once I've finished, despite its consistency.
Were I to apply it in the morning as well, I wouldn't be too concerned about it rubbing off onto my clothing, only in as much as the cream is white and might leave darker clothes stained.
It warns of possible side effects as being redness, a burning sensation, or oozing pus. I haven't suffered any adverse reaction, but naturally, if you do, you should stop using it and seek medical advice.
~ So does it work? ~
The itchy feeling I got from the scar had faded after the first month, so I assume it was part of the natural healing process. Having used this cream for nigh on two months now, I have found it helped ease the itchiness and made it feel less inflamed. This is the only cream that I have used on the scar though, so how much this is due to this particular cream I couldn't say with any real confidence. I read somewhere that rubbing any cream on gently, in little circular motions will be beneficial, as it stimulates the blood supply under the affected skin.
~ Worth noting ~
This particular cream is classed as a medicine, thanks to its two active ingredients I mentioned earlier, unlike the E45 Moisturising lotion.
* It leaves my skin feeling nice and soft;
* It is suitable for those with various dry skin complaints such as eczema and dermatitis;
* Urea is also used in some hair conditioners and face cleansers;
* Despite this being allergy screened, there are possible side effects;
* It is suitable for use on children, although of course it must not be kept within their reach;
* It is perfume free;
* Despite it containing Lauromacrogols, this is for external use only;
* It has lasted me a long time as only a small amount is needed;
* My tube has a use by date of August 2012.
~ Recommended? ~
Yes. I paid around £4 for this from Boots, which I think is a very reasonable price. Whilst my skin complaint and reason for buying it were relatively short term, this is primarily aimed at those with chronic skin complaints who perhaps don't want to use other products containing ingredients such as hydrocortisone.
If you were to buy it at that price and find it doesn't really help, then it hasn't been too expensive a mistake.
You can't of course test a little on your skin in the shop before buying unlike other skin creams as all the tubes and tubs are sealed.
Finally, it's manufactured in Reinbek, Germany. Although not exactly the other side of the world, it's still a shame that such a widely used brand couldn't be made more locally to reduce the cost in environmental air miles in getting it here.
E45 Itch Relief Cream; treats itchy, irritated dry skin caused by eczema, dermatitis, pruritus and other dry scaly skin problems / This itch relief remedy treats and soothes the itchy skin / Formulated with lauromacrogols, an anti-itch ingredient, and urea, a moisturiser found naturally in the skin, this itch relief remedy moisturises affected areas to bring itching relief.