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Around 2 years ago I started suffering with the palms of my hands getting extremely hot and the getting sore and peeling. This was the weirdest thing! I went to the doctors numerous times, tried changing all of the products I came into contact with and nothing helped. I even went to the local hospital for an appointment with a dermatologist. I was diagnosed with contact dermatitis, but to this day do not know the cause. After trying many different creams I was finally prescribed Epaderm. At the time when I was first prescribed this cream my hands were extremely sore and the skin was peeling inbetween my fingers - it was absolutely gross and embarrassing. The first few nights I covered my hands in this cream and put cotton gloves on when sleeping. It was like a miracle sand my hands were looking back to normal within a week. I continue to use Epaderm every day. I just apply it after each time I wash my hands and I no longer sufer from any sores or dry skin. Because I use so much of this cream it''s great that it comes in such a big bottle. I have bought a few little bottles so I can decant some into them and I always have some cream in my handbag and on my desk at work. I''m sure this cream doesn''t work so amazingly for everyone as we are all different but it really has been amazing for me and it makes a genuine difference to my life not having to be embarrassed to shake people''s hands or show off my wedding ring :)
Epaderm cream is one of the many prescribed creams I have used during bouts of eczema and excessively dry skin. The cream is a type of moisturiser known as an emollient which means that it is specifically designed to lock moisture into the skin. It is also a cleanser which gently cleans the skin without the need of soap or anything else that might aggravate a skin condition like eczema. You can therefore use it in the shower in place of soap or shower gel, and it feels gentle and moisturising on the skin as well as cleaning it.
Epaderm cream is sold in a 500ml plastic container with a dispensing pump embedded in it, which means that the cream is unlikely to get contaminated with dirt or germs like a tub cream might (this can be an issue for people with skin conditions such as eczema as they are more prone to skin infections because of these germs). The dispenser isn't particularly easy to use as you have to press down quite hard onto it to get the cream to come out, and the cream is also a thick consistency, but on the plus side it doesn't make a mess because of this same reason. Using it in the shower can be annoying because the cream isn't easily squeezed out when you have slippery hands either, but this is a minor hassle I think for a good quality product.
The cream doesn't have a particularly strong smell, although it does smell like a few other paraffin-based emollients I have tried. Some people might not like this 'natural' smell but it does mean that your skin is less likely to be irritated by it due to a lack of added perfumes etc.
When my skin is going through a particularly dry spell, which always happens for example at the onset of winter, I get a prescription of Epaderm and find insist relief for my skin by using it. I use it in the shower to clean my skin without irritating it and then I apply it as a cream straight afterwards. I find that despite its thickness it does absorb into my skin quite quickly. As I am pregnant now and avoiding nasties wherever possible I am planning to switch to using Epaderm soon as some of the other prescribed creams I use are not as chemical-free.
Epaderm can also be used on psoriasis and other dry skin conditions. Due to its gentle and chemical-free nature it is suitable for all ages, including babies, which is very reassuring if, like me, your skin is easily irritated by unknown and unnecessary ingredients.
If you have dry skin and are sensitive to soaps I recommend using this cream in the shower or bath and afterwards. It is worth getting it from your doctor as this will cost you less than the over the counter price, which can be over £10. I give it 4 stars as it is a wonderfully moisturising product BUT the dispenser can be really annoying to use.
My son unfortunately suffers from eczema now and again. Thankfully it's not all the time and he only gets a flare up now and again but I think it's in check because everyday I smother him with this wonderfully hard working Epaderm Cream after his bath.
So, what exactly is Epaderm cream. Well, the name is quite clever because it obviously comes from the Latin for epidermis/skin or , "the outer, nonvascular, nonsensitive layer of the skin,covering the true skin or corium." Epaderm Cream is a 2-in-1 emollient and skin cleanser for eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.
According to the bottle, "Epaderm Cream is a 2-in-1 emollient formulated with clinically proven ingredients that moisturise and soften the skin. It provides all of the moisturising and protective benefits of paraffin-based emollients and can be used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions. Epaderm Cream is especially effective if applied immediately after washing to counteract the loss of essential oils from the skin. It is suitable for all ages, including babies."
The cream comes in a really big bottle with a pump action at the top so it's really easy to squeeze lots of the cream out at one time. The cream is pure white and does not have any smell to it so you can tell that it really is a natural caring cream and not a fancy one with fancy smells in it. I like this because it is the perfect cream for a little boy who does not really want to smell like flowers! also, you know that because it does not have any smells it has not had any harsh chemicals added to it so it's a very safe cream.
My mum suffered with breast cancer last year and she was actually prescribed this cream as something to wash with. As she was having radiation she was not able to use any smelly creams and soaps and had to be quite natural although she was allowed to still shower but had to use this cream to wash with instead so her skin did not dry out completely. She said it worked well in the shower although obviously it wasn't as good as a regular shower gel but it still kept her fairly clean.
The cream is quite thick and when you apply it it does go white on the skin for a couple of minutes but that's because I think I smother it on but after that it sinks in well. You can feel the thickness on the skin and this cream really does work well to heal my son's eczema. Whenever he has a flare up we just use a bit more of the cream and it seems to take care of the flare up and then we use it daily to try and keep the flare ups at bay.
Epaderm Cream contains:
Yellow Soft paraffin BP, Liquid Paraffin ph.Eur, Emulsifying Wax PB (containing Cetostearyl, Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), Chlorocresol, Purified water EP.
A 500ml bottle costs £9.99 from the Chemist Direct website or if you are like me and have a young child that needs the cream then you will be able to get it on prescription which is a great savings as we always need repeat bottles quite frequently as we use it everyday.
Epaderm Cream is a 2-in-1 emollient and skin cleanser for eczema psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.