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I remember having this cream around the house when I was younger but I had always associated it with nappy rash! But in fact it is so much more versatile than this. So I wanted some sort of ''treatment'' to help with my spot prone skin, and several people had recommended this to me. The cream really works to help remove spots. I apply it every night and in the morning they appear smaller, keep applying it and after 2-3 days, depending on the size, they disappear! The price is very reasonable, it may seem overprices for a small tub but trust me this lasts forever! I use it every night and very rarely during the day, if my skin is acting up, and it is still three quarters full. You definitely get your moneys worth with this product.
Sudocrem comes in a small grey tub in various sizes. I usually buy the big one (400g) as it's best value at around £4.50 from Asda where as the smaller one (125g) is around £2.50. It is an over the counter medicated cream to ease the pain of nappy rash, eczema, bed sores and minor wounds. I bought this initially when I was found out I was pregnant as I wanted to have everything ready and prepared for my baby arriving. When my daughter was born and through her baby years we were lucky that we never had to use Sudocrem a lot but when she needed it, it worked wonders. It has a thick consistency and is white in colour. You don't need to apply a lot because a little bit works a lot better I thought. It can also be quite difficult to wash out of clothes if you get any on clothes, etc... It has a water repellent base with protective and antibacterial agents to help heal the soreness. We have also used it on sunburn and skin irritations and it has worked brilliant every time.
Sudocrem is one of those products that I have always known about due to my mum always having a tub kicking about the house when I was younger, but never had call to use it myself until our daughter was born. Sudocrem is advertised as an antiseptic healing cream and is most commonly used and perceived as a treatment for nappy rash despite the fact it has many other uses. It can also be used in the treatment of eczema, sunburn, minor wounds and acne as well as multiple other situations.
At a price of around £5 for a 400g tub, my first impressions were that this was quite an expensive product to buy however it does go a long way and was a lot more economical than I first thought. With Sudocrem having been in production for nearly 80 years with the design of the packaging remaining unchanged for as long as I can remember seeing it about, means that it is easy to spot amongst similar products in its grey coloured tub with the distinctive red and white Sudocrem branding, and I'm sure is the first product many would reach for alongside the other brands of nappy creams.
Once the seal is broken and the lift lifted off of the tub, the scent of Sudocrem is mildly medicinal and no matter what happens it will always remind me of babies nappies no matter what its intended use. The cream itself is quite thick and can sometimes need a little warming up by rubbing between my fingers to make it easy to apply and not uncomfortably cold when applied to the skin. As the cream is quite thick it is best to apply just a little bit as a thin layer as it doesn't absorb into the skin easily and leaves a light white layer where it is applied, and is impossible to get to rub in properly if too much is used. The main advantage of it being so thick is when treating nappy rash as once it is applied it means it is not only treating the nappy rash, but is also a preventative measure at the same time providing a water resistant antiseptic barrier that will protect already sore skin. The main benefits of Sudocrem is that it will soothe sore inflames skin, whilst reducing pain as it contains a mild local anaesthetic.
As a treatment for nappy rash I have found Sudocrem to be most effective with a noticeable reduction in redness and soreness within hours of application, and most symptoms disappearing within 24 hours. The coolness of the cream seems to provide our daughter with immediate relieve along with the local anaesthetic when she has been suffering from nappy rash, and as mentioned the barrier it creates means this relief and protection is provided until her next nappy change.
I have occasionally used this product on the odd spot over the last few years and have noticed that it will decrease healing time marginally, with the main difference being in the reduction of the swelling and redness almost immediately. My brother used to suffer with mild acne and applying Sudocrem once in the morning and then again in the evening to the affected areas whilst washing them clean with plain water always helped to keep it under control. Whilst his acne has all but disappeared now, this is still a product that he swears by and will still use years later if he has an outbreak. Another reason I have had to use this cream since I started buying it for my daughter is on sunburnt shoulders last summer and once again it performed extremely well again easing the symptoms almost immediately, with the tightness and heat whilst not disappearing completely were dulled to the point where it didn't hurt to wear a t-shirt.
Minor cuts and abrasions (including insect and nettle stings) also benefit well from a dab of Sudocrem with healing times being decreased, and once again swelling and redness being decreased in a short amount of time. What I have mentioned so far is about all of the experience I have of the uses of Sudocrem but I should imagine that it works just as well in all of the other symptoms and conditions it will treat given the fact it has always worked so well in my experience.
I don't usually provide a list of ingredients with my reviews but as this is a product mainly used on small children, and a product you really wouldn't want to use if allergic to due to the fact it is often used for already delicate skin complaints I will make an exception for this product and list the ingredients here.
Zinc Oxide (15.25%), Benzyl Alcohol B.P. (0.39%), Benzol Benzoate B.P. (1.01%), Benzyl Cinnamate (0.15%), Lancolin - hypo-allergenic (4%). Also contains purified water, liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, beeswax, microcrystalline wax, sodium benzoate, linalyl acetate, propylene glycol, citric acid, butylated hydroxyanisole, sorbitan sesquioleate, lavender fragrance.
As can be seen from the list of ingredients this is far from being a natural product so is something that would be worth testing by using a tiny amount on a small area of skin to test its suitability for use especially where newborns and small babies are involved.
Overall Sudocrem is a product I would be most happy to recommend as it has been a most reliable product giving me no reason to doubt its effectiveness over the past few years of using it. It was a product I would have always just walked away from before we had a child and not used, not for any reason in particular other than I am not the sort of person that uses creams and the like on a regular basis, so it is something I wouldn't really have thought of using.
Sudocrem definitely lives up to the claims made by the manufacturer, and whilst it appears to be a little on the expensive side, it does go an awful long way, to the point I'd suggest getting a small 200g tub to start with as a 400g tub may well be too much if not being used on a regular basis. This product comes with a definite 5/5 star rating from me despite the price tag as it does work out to be a really effective, and economical product.
Sudocrem is the go to cream for most parents, and I am no exception. I first encountered Sudocrem in my hospital bounty pack, I am not sure if it is included in the packs now.
Sudocrem is an antiseptic emollient that contains a mild anaesthetic and is mostly used for the treatment and prevention of nappy rash. The unctuous white cream has a distinctive medicinal scent.
A small amount of Sudocrem goes a long way and a small amount gently rubbed into the area affected by nappy rash will sooth and protect the inflamed skin as it forms a waterproof barrier on the skin that protects babies bottom from urine and faeces. I found that when I used Sudocrem it cleared nappy rash up in a few days.
Sudocrem can also be used for the treatment of eczema. I have also used this on my children when they were younger. I found it quite difficult to rub in on my childs dry, crusty skin for fear that I would irritate it more I used to apply it a little thicker and allow it to be absorbed and again I found it moisturised the eczema and settled the inflammation.
I have used Sudocrem on myself when I have had an insect bite and I have found it to be very effective. A small amount rubbed into the bite cools and soothes the bite and stops the itching. I have also used it on inflamed spots before going to bed, the spot usually dries up over night with the aid of Sudocrem
Sudocrem can also be used on sunburn; I have not used it on sunburn and would imagine it would be quite a delicate affair massaging it in to sunburnt skin. It can also be used on burns; again I have not used it on burns.
I have used it on small cuts and grazes, the children were instantly soothed when I pulled out the pot of magic cream and delicately dabbed it on the cleaned cut or graze.
I always make sure my hands are clean before using Sudocrem as there is a slightly unhygienic aspect of dipping fingers in the pot that does bother me. Happily Sudocrem does come in tubes now which does make it easier and cleaner to handle.
Over all I consider Sudocrem a must have for any parent as it is an incredibly versatile cream. Sudocrem can be brought from most retailers a 400g pot retails at around £8.00 and a 125g pot for around £3.00. A pot of Sudocrem will last absolutely ages and I have found that I have thrown pots of Sudocrem away before they are finished as they have been open for a long time.
Thank you for reading.
For as long as I can remember we have always used Sudocrem regularly. My mum always had it in when we were kids and whatever was wrong with me or my brother her answer was usually "oh put some sudocrem on it... you'll be fine!".
I've followed in her footsteps and use it all the time too!
In our house, we always have at least one pot of sudocrem in. We use it so regularly, for us it's a house hold must have!
My kids call it 'the magic cream' as it's fab and we always seem to have a use for it.
WHAT IS IT?
Sudocrem is a thick white cream which is applied to the skin to treat minor skin injuries. It is commonly used for nappy rash, that's what my Mum first used it for anyway and now me too on my children.
Unlike most creams it is extremely thick and needs to be scooped out of the pot. It is very heavy and not at all runny.
The cream also has an antiseptic action that helps prevent infection.
It does have a faint distinctive smell, I'm not really sure what of but I quite like it!
Sudocrem is amazing stuff! It has so many uses. As I said before it is most commonly used on babies bums for nappy rash.
It is also used for:
*cuts and small wounds
*Spots and acne - dab some on before you go to bed. Can be a bit of a pain to get off in the morning so give a good scrub. You notice a difference after the first time.
*On tattoos - on newly done tattoos it soothes and heals them quicker
*On animal wounds - I worked in a vets as a work placement kind of thing, and they used Sudocrem on lots of different animals as it helps to heal so well. Whilst I was there they used it on a poor cat who had been hit by a car and had open wounds all over her legs. They generously put it all over her sore parts. They also used it on dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs whilst I was there.
*Chapped or dry skin
*Chicken pox - can help to relieve the itching and helps broken skin and spots to heal quicker
*Bruises - it helps the bruise to reduce and fade quicker
I'm sure there are probably still more uses as I'm always hearing of new uses for it that I haven't heard of (mostly from mum's!). It really is amazing stuff that can be used for almost any skin condition!
As great as it is, there is one big negative to Sudocrem. For some reason, unbeknown to me, children seem to love playing with it. If I accidently leave it out and it catches my son's eye, he waits till I go out of the room and tries to spread it everywhere! Quite often my poor dog who is black ends up mostly white and my son covered in the stuff!
It is an absolute nightmare to get out! It seems to spread when you try to clean it instead of coming off it just gets worse. Take it from me it takes some scrubbing to get it out again!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Sudocrem is widely available from supermarkets, pharmacies, baby shops like Mothercare , drug stores likes Boots and Superdrug, and most shops really. It is pretty easy to come across.
It comes in a wide variety of sizes. You can get teeny tiny sample pots, 60g (£2.59), 175g (£3.99), and 400g (£5.24) pots. The largest works out at the best value for money.
Sudocrem is now also available in a squeezey tube, but this is £5.45 for a 40g tube so way more expensive. They have also Sudocrem mousse, but again this is far more expensive at £9.85 for a 180ml bottle. So I would definitely say stick to the pots.
Although I would say even the pots are quite pricey really, I think it is still good value for money as it seems to last for ages and it's such good stuff!
So, would I recommend? Absolutely!
As you can tell from my review I love this stuff! It is an amazingly good all round cream that every household (especially with little ones) should have in!
Oh just keep it out of little hands reach unless you want it pasted everywhere!
I have to give it 5 / 5 stars!
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was useful.
xx Mrs K xx
Sudocrem is an antiseptic healing cream that was made to help nappy rash on babies. It works exceptionally well at doing this, reducing soreness to the delicate skin and therefore reducing discomfort. However it has become a multi use cream that can be used for babies, teenagers and adults. It uses a local anaesthetic to sooth and heal painful and irritating skin conditions such as acne, eczema, bed sores, sunburn and spots. It's also known to help inflammation and dry skin. Sudocrem is something that was always in our first aid box as a child and we got through many a tub.
I also know a few people who use sudocrem as a face mask when they have a break out and they claim it works wonders- worth a try! If it does work then it's a great, inexpensive alternative face mask.
Sudocrem is a thick white cream, packaged in a red and white tub & is widely available in supermarkets and chemists. I bought my 125g tub from boots for £2.55. It is also available in a 400g tub for £5.45 and a 30g tube for £1.99.
I think this is a bargain multi use cream that really does work and is something everybody should have in their home! I would 100% recommend it to anyone.
When I was a child Sudocrem was a staple in our house - it became so ingrained into my first aid knowledge that I couldn't consider not having a pot stored in my own bathroom! It has so many uses, no matter what your age, gender, or problem:
Babies - I believe that this is the reason that Sudocrem was actually invented... It is both a great preventative measure and treatment for nappy rash. I usually put a thin layer on any red area and within 24 hours it is gone.
Children - Perfect for any cuts, scratches, and all manner if other injuries that occur. It dries them out and facilitates quick healing.
Teenagers - Put on spots before bed and in the morning they are less red and noticeable (FYI, I did this before Cheryl Cole told everyone that she does it).
Adults - Use for injuries and as a provider of 'magic cream' to your little ones!
* Do not put on burns. *
What is it?
Sudocrem is an antiseptic healing cream. It comes in a grey tub with a distinctive white and red label. The cream is recommended for various external skin conditions including nappy rash, eczema, sunburn and acne and surface wounds such as bed sores and cuts and grazes. It can be used for any condition which requires an antiseptic cream with additional healing, antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It is soothing and protective and is particularly good for conditions which can make use of its water-repellent base which forms a protective barrier preventing irritants such as urine and stools from contaminating rashes or wounds.
I bought my 125g from from Boots for £2.55 on offer.
Zinc oxide, EP 15.25
Benzyl alcohol, BP 0.39
Benzyl benzoate, BP 1.01
Benzyl cinnamate 0.15
Lanolin (hypoallergenic) 4.00
All Other ingredients:
Heavy Liquid Paraffin
How to use
Apply a thin layer to the affected are and cover if necessary with a plaster or dressing.
Who is this product for?
This product is suitable for adults and children from birth. You need to be 16 years or over to buy this product.
I first came across this product when my children were babies. It is a very useful thing to have in the house as it has antiseptic properties and can be used to treat all sorts of things. Nappy rash? Smear it on and watch your baby smile! It is not only treating that horrible red sore skin but also creating a barrier so that nothing else can make the problem any worse. Sore cut or graze? A layer of Sudocrem will sort it out. Spot that you can't get rid of? Sudocrem will sort it out. Sunburn? Sudocrem will sooth that burn. This really is a wonder cream; I feel completely confident using it on my children and myself as it is so mild and really does the job.
Would I recommend ?
Yes, most definitely.
I first experienced this stuff when I was about fifteen (although I'm sure my mum probably used this or something similar when I was a baby, I had just never seen it until I was fifteen), I was staying with my older brother, his wife and my newly born nephew. I had walked past an iron and my arm accidentally brushed off the iron and left a stinging burn mark. Of course I cried like a baby, and my sister in-law went into her changing bag and pulled out this tub. When she dabbed it on my arm it felt so cold and within minutes I had forgotten all about the pain. Years later I had a child of my own (well I didn't have her, but you know what I mean), and I found myself using this on a regular basis when changing babies nappy. It has an amazingly long shelf life, the tub I have now was purchased in 2010 and it doesn't go out of date until 2016.
== What is it? ==
Sudocrem is an antiseptic healing cream, unlike most of these creams I see in the shops that claim to "heal", this is not what I would call a gypsy remedy, this stuff does actually work. The cream comes in a grey tub with white writing on a red background on the front. Every mother up and down the land is probably familiar with this tub, and I'm sure a lot of the dads are too. The cream is white in colour and feels slightly oily to touch, there is a strong hint of lavender amongst all the other ingredients I have trouble pronouncing. I would check to make sure that you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients before purchasing, there is a clear warning explaining not to use if you are, on the rear label of the tub.
== Uses ==
Sudocrem has many uses, the main one being to prevent and cure napkin rash. It is also good for burns, eczema, bed sores, sunburn, surface wounds, acne and chilblains, plus I'm sure many more things that I haven't covered. You usually only need to apply a thin dab of the stuff to the surface area, a little goes a long way.
== Price ==
Sudocrem comes in various sizes and you can normally purchase it from most chemists, although some chemists don't stock all the different sizes. The price can range from around £1.50 for a 30g tube, £2.50 for a 125g tube and £6.00 for a 400g tube. Dependent on how frequently you use it, it can last quite a long time if used sparingly.
== Verdict ==
Since Lily-May was born, I have always had a pot of Sudocrem on my medicine shelf in the bathroom, even though she is out of the nappy rash stage (she's four in December), I still like to keep a pot around, in case she burns herself on something, falls and hurts her knee, sometimes if she is a bit sore in her nether regions too. This stuff seems to be the helper of all ailments, I'm sure you can sure the common cold with it, well maybe that's stretching the imagination a little too far, but it is a good handy piece of kit to have around the house for "just in case" moments, and I will probably still be using it for many moons to come!
Since starting college I have found that my elbow crooks get inflamed and itchy. The doctor tells me that this is a mild form of eczema and suggested I try a barrier cream. I used the E45 cream for ages but it didn't do very much good until I started to use Sudocrem and now it's definitely not as bad as it was before. I use about two times a day but sometimes I forget though my skin will then remind me that it needs more.
When you scratch the surface a lot in one area it becomes inflamed and red very quickly and this can lead to more inflammation and then a germ getting into the broken skin. The Sudocrem acts as a barrier to the germs and it helps the inflammation in the first place and it makes it less likely that I'll want to scratch the area and therefore make the situation worse than it was before.
The ingredients are extensive and include the following:
Zinc oxide, EP, Benzyl alcohol, BP, Benzyl benzoate, BP, Benzyl cinnamate, and Lanolin (hypoallergenic) Inactive ingredients in Sudocrem Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Paraffin wax, Microcrystalline wax, Heavy Liquid Paraffin, Synthetic Beeswax, Sorbitan sesquioleate, and Propylene glycol, Antioxidant (formulation consisting of butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), citric acid and propylene glycol), Linalyl acetate and Lavender. That's a lot!
The cream is white and quite thick and it won't sink into the skin though it's not designed to do this anyway. The tub is 60g and costs me just less than £1.50. It says it's also good for baby's nappy rash etc though I can't say I have used it on anyone other than myself and it works well for me. It has a pleasant light smell and only slightly fragranced with a medicinal aroma, it's quite nice. It's slightly greasy when you first apply it to the skin and feels thick but you do get used to it and it's far better to have this on your skin than the constant itch scratch that goes on without it.
I'd recommend it because it works and it's also kind to my skin and helps the inflammation and stops me from scratching. I am never without a tub of it in the bathroom.
Sudocrem. Now we all know it as 'bum cream' for babies but I think it's many other uses are often overlooked.
Sudocrem comes in an antiseptic healing cream that promises to sooth and heal nappy rash. It also suggests that it can be used to treat eczema, bed sores, sunburn, minor burns, surface wounds, acne and chilblains. It is a thick white cream that comes in pots of varying sizes (and also a small tube for travel). It contains a mild local anaesthetic so it soothes pain and doesn't sting when you apply it.
As a child, I always remember a cut or graze being given the Sudocrem treatment and it has always been a staple in the first aid kit.
Nappy Rash - Although I don't have my own children, my best friends little girl is a regular visitor at my house. Back in the days where nappy rash was a problem, a couple of day's use of Sudocrem tended to clear it right up. The cream is quite thick but a little goes a long way so a pot of this stuff lasts forever
Cuts and Grazes - As an adult I tend to acquire more injuries that I ever did as a child. I'm not really sure how or why but whenever I get a cut or graze I tend to whack a bit of Sudocrem on it (usually overnight so that I don't smudge it over my clothes etc.) and I feel that it does make a difference with helping it heal. In particular when I get an accidental scratch from the dog and there is the extra risk of infection I always us a bit of Sudocrem for the antiseptic properties.
Sunburn and Burns - To be honest I don't usually burn but somehow at the beginning of the summer I came home from a day out with a bright red sunburn face that was so raw and so painful that aftersun just wasn't cutting it. I would apply aftersun and my skin was so sore and so dry that it would absorb it within seconds giving almost no relief. Lying in bed unable to sleep I decided to give some Sudocrem a go and it was instant relief. I gave my face a coating of it (this looked hilarious) and it instantly soothed the burning. I slept with it on my face and by morning my skin looked so much better. For the next two nights I applied Sudocrem again and the burns healed really quickly without any pealing. Obviously I appreciate that it is important to prevent getting burnt in the first place but in the worst case scenario, I would always trust Sudocrem again for the relief and healing needed. The same goes for burns. I've lost count of the number of times I have burnt my hand/arm on the oven/iron/hair straighteners and Sudocrem always helps.
Spots - I am fortunate enough to have never had acne so can't comment on the claims that Sudocrem helps with it but I do get the occasional mega zit. Small spots I try to leave alone and let them do their thing naturally but working as a teacher means that when I have a beacon appear on my face I don't really want days of teenagers telling me that I have a spot (as if I don't know?!). As soon as one of these monstrosities appears I give it a dose of Sudocrem in the evening and another before bed/overnight and it makes it go down. In fact I read in a magazine once that there are celebrities that swear by Sudocrem as a way of getting rid of their spots quickly.
Chafing - For those horrible times where something has rubbed your skin and made it sure, whether it's the seam of your new jeans, the straps on your dress, your new shoes or just that you've been cycling and the bike seat has cause some unwanted rubbing, you can always rely on Sudocrem to give a bit of instant soothing and to work its healing magic.
Bites, stings and Allergies - I am allergic to most things so if a cat rubs against me, my skin goes mental and flares up. If I get bitten or stung I end up with anything from the size of a golf ball to a tennis ball appear at the site of the bite. My hay fever means that I can get random irritated patches of skin and I get the same from some food allergies. I use a variety of allergy medications, creams and treatments but on the occasions where these are not around I find that a bit of Sudocrem always helps the situation. I was bitten by a flying evil thing the other week and found myself at a friend's house without my usual bite cream and legs that I was about to scratch off due to the itching of the bites. I asked if she had any bite cream and she said no but that she had some Sudocrem if that would help (I am yet to meet someone that doesn't own Sudocrem). I applied some and it helped enough that I no longer wanted to amputate my own legs just to get rid of the itching. I'm sure the antiseptic healing properties won't do the bites any harm either. That said, I did then read the label and realise that her Sudocrem's expiry date was in 2008 so it was 5 years out of date! Looked, smelt and worked perfectly fine though!
Overall I can't rate Sudocrem highly enough. I much prefer it to some of alternatives and I feel it is very good value for money as you can buy a 125g pot for around £2.50 or a large 400g pot for around £6 and as a little goes a very long way it will last you forever. There are sizes available including a small tube. I do wonder whether it would be more hygienic for the product to always come in a tube as with the pot you are dipping your finger in it each time. That said, anyone with a bit of common sense will make sure it is a clean finger they are dipping in as well as hopefully not eating it, rubbing it in their eyes and so on...
For anyone that might be interested the active ingredients are: Zinc oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl cinnamate and Lanolin.
Having not used Sudocrem since I was in nappies, I was intrigued to try this cream again. I had heard a lot of people raving about how multi functional the cream is and seeing as it is fairly inexpensive at £2.66 I decided to pick up a tub.
My main reason for purchasing was that i had heard the antiseptic property of the cream was good for healing spots and zits, as an occasional adult acne sufferer i though it was worth a try. Firstly the pot reminds me of the 80s/90s (when i grew up) the simple grey tub seems very dated, although it also gives me a comforting reassurance - this product doesn't sell itself on its fancy packaging, its effectiveness is built on the cream inside the tub that has made Sudocrem a household name.
In terms of the cream itself it is the thickest cream I have ever come across! The cream is white and the consistency is unbelievably heavy - it doesn't spread easily so whenever it's applied the area you are left with a layer of white cream on your skin - for this reason I believe it is best to use Sudocrem when you don't have to go out i.e. before bed. I believe the reason for this thickness is that Sudocrem provides a barrier on the skin e.g. for babies who are wearing nappies.
The selling point of this cream is the antiseptic properties, slapping some of this cream on a zit helps to reduce inflammation and calm the area, I normally apply this product before bed and notice an immediate difference in a spot the next morning - Sudocrem works to dry up the spot and reduce the redness -it is a total godsend!
I also find myself reaching for this cream on many different occasions, it's great to put on a cut or graze and I have even used it on a nasty shaving rash - this cream really helps calm skin inflammation. Sudocrem is now a staple in my medicine cupboard and I couldn't be without it - it is so multi functional. I haven't personally used it on sunburnt skin but i really think this would be the perfect product to use to heal burnt skin and calm the redness.
You can buy Sudocrem in a tube which would be a more hygienic option as constantly dipping your finger in a tub is probably not the most hygienic option, however the tub works well for me and at 125g of product my tub has lasted me over a year already with about a quater of the tub still to go!
If you're looking for a good staple antiseptic cream I would highly recommend Sudocrem.
I don't think you need as many things for babies and small children as the adverts would have you believe. When I had my first child, we had an expensive cot, a baby rocker, even a baby pen. Well, she wouldn't sleep well in the cot, she hated the baby rocker because she had to be strapped into it, and the enclosed pen.. I don't know what I was thinking there, but we swiftly sold it after realising that it did more harm than good (we bought it for safety purposes from Mothercare, but she kept falling over in it and hitting her head on the metal bars..).
All children really want from us is our time, and playtime, which doesn't even have to involve toys, just imagination. But, one thing we could really not do without in this house, is Sudocrem. This is no exaggeration. When my daughter was born, she had a few food intolerances. It was incredibly hard to pin down what they were, but in the end we pinned them down to the usual suspects - mainly tomatoes, oranges, and pineapples. In the meantime, she developed incredibly sore skin on her bottom. I started out using normal baby creams like Johnsons cream and then progressed to others when I found this didn't work. I must have spent a fortune on creams that were half-used and then had to be discarded. When the skin started getting so raw that my daughter would cry out of pain when sat on her bottom, I took her to the doctor and was prescribed several creams to try. Again, none of them worked. One that we were given was hydrocortisone cream but I was loathe to use a topical steroid on my baby's bottom and was sure there was another way.
It was my mum who then recommended that I try Sudocrem, as that is what she had used with all of her own children. I was desperate at this point and sure it wouldn't work, as trying different nappies didn't work and I had tried so many creams already, but I tried it all the same. After literally the first application, I found that the soreness and redness on my daughter's skin significantly lessened. The rawness decreased and the scaliness of the skin went down too. Over just a few days the entire rash disappeared, as did a few spots that had come along with it that I was worried might be a skin infection.
For this reason, we call Sudocrem 'miracle cream' in our house. When I first applied it, I was sure it couldn't work, because seemed very dry for a cream, not moisturising at all. It is also not particularly greasy, although it does have a thick texture which allows you to apply it liberally in one go. It is a bright white colour that reminds you of its age - Sudocrem has been around for decades and used on baby's skin for just as long. It contains antiseptic, which I think is what prevented my baby's rash from getting infected, but at the same time it soothed her skin and reduced the redness quickly. The strange dry texture of it seems to hold in moisture instead of letting the skin dry out when baby urinates in the nappy.
After a while we didn't need to use Sudocrem any more for this problem, but I have since taken to using it for all manner of cuts and grazes on my toddler's skin, to good effect also. It amazes me how simple a product can be so versatile and effective, for an inexpensive price. I guess this is why the Sudocrem brand and formula have been around for so many years.
Sudocrem comes in a handy grey tub with a tight fitting lid that cannot be easily removed by little fingers (I now - I've seen them try). It is available in 60g, 125g, 250g and 400g sized tubs, and we always buy the largest size available for around the £5 mark. It is also widely available and therefore easy to get hold of. I cannot recommend this product enough as a staple item in the home, and I also have a small tub in our first aid kit in case we ever run out of it, and a small tub goes everywhere with me in my handbag. 5 stars from me.
Over the years my family have used Sudocrem to treat skin problems. I used to suffer with eczema and this cream helped to sooth and restore my skin. Years later the areas where I suffered with eczema is completely clear and you would never have known how badly I suffered. I believe this cream is responsible for that.
You can pick up a 250g for around £4 which isn't a bad price as it lasts for weeks if used regularly.
It is an essential to have in the medicine cabinet and that is the best place for it. I normally use the cream for a few weeks then if it has remained open for more than a month I generally replace it. I prefer to have a fresh tub in case of a breakout.
+++What can it be used for?+++
Any skin condition really. It can help to sooth rashes, and is particularly useful for parents with a child suffering from nappy rash. It is also something I have used to help heal my tattoo after being recommended it by a friend. Another use is as an anti-sceptic cream for cuts, I have always used this cream to help to clean and heal my cuts and it has never steered me wrong.
Just open the tub, and rub sparingly onto the required area. The white colour is useful because you can see where you have already applied the cream.
It does exactly what it says on the tub, helps to sooth, repair and clean. I wouldn't use another cream!
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream.
Comes in pale grey tub with red and white logo.
Suitable for nappy rash, eczema, surface wounds, sunburn, minor burns, acne, bed sores and chilblains.
For external use only..
Long shelf life - ours is until 2018.
Made in Ireland.
Very faint aroma - white thick cream.
To use - apply a thin layer - if irritation occurs cease use.
Sudocrem's clinically proven to soothe, heal and protect your baby's delicate skin and works in three ways:
1) It contains an emollient that soothes sore or inflamed skin.
2) It works as a mild local anaesthetic to help ease pain and irritation.
3) A water-repellent base forms a protective barrier, helping to stop any irritants coming into contact with the skin.
Sudocrem contains:zinc oxide which reduces the loss of tissue fluid, benzyl benzoate and benzyl cinnamate which are ingredients of Balsam of Peru, recognised for its healing properties.
125 grams was £3.43 at a local chemist.
However the best place I have found to buy it is from Superdrug - either in store or online when they do a free postage offer. 250 grams cost £3.50
and the smaller 125 gram tub £2.39. The 30 gram tube is £2.
Tesco also sell the following: 60 gram tub for £2.37, 175 tub for £3.99 and 400 gram tub for £5.24.
Sudocrem has been used on nappy rashes for over eighty years.
It is a licenced medicine and has therefore had to pass clinical trials. It all began in Dublin in 1931 when Thomas Smith, a Professor of Pharmacy and Retail Pharmacist, developed an antiseptic healing cream for nappy rash, eczema, pressure sores, incontinence rash and a variety of minor skin lesions.
To my knowledge the packaging has changed little over the years and the grey tubs with the red and white label are easily recognisable.
Sudocrem is well known by mums for being a great cream for using with babies to both prevent and treat nappy rash - a little over the baby's bottom will provide a good barrier to stop the wetness and soiling irritating the baby's delicate skin.
However what may not be so well known is the multitude of other uses the cream is good for and we always have a tub in the bathroom fr all those little things that happen to the family.
We did overspend on our recent tub as we had run out so bought one in a local chemist but if you shop around you can buy the tubs quite cheaply.
As you only need to use the tiniest amount at a time a tub will last you literally years - and the manufactures have an expiry date on the tubs and say it will last for five years form manufacture.
Sudocrem is thick and white and although it has lavender listed as a fragrance the smell is very delicate and almost unnoticeable - which makes a nice change comparing it with Germolene and other such creams.
This cream can be useful for all ages. Starting with children and nappy rash, then as they get older with minor cuts and scratches. For teens with spots and then with adults - who can use it for insect bites, cold sores, spots, minor burns or sunburn. For the elderly it is recommended as their skin takes longer to heal and is also useful fi they are sitting a lot or maybe incontinent and have skin issues because of it.
Personally I use it sparingly for cold sores - which tend to sprout on me when I have colds and flue. For the odd spots I may get on my back or shoulders which are hard to reach. For gnat and other insect bites during the summer months. Other members of the family use it for rubbed heels, spots and insect bites.
This is an inexpensive and super all round product which is worth everyone having in their medicine cupboard.
It is also now being marketed in mousse form so will have to give that a try.
===Would I Recommend?===
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide Ph. Eur. 15.25%, Benzyl Alcohol B.P. 0.39%, Benzyl Benzoate B.P. 1.01%, Benzyl Cinnamate 0.15%, Lanolin (Hypo-Allergenic) 4% (W/W), Also contains: Purified Water, Liquid Paraffin, Paraffin Wax, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Benzoate, Linalyl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Lavender Fragrance.
The active ingredients are:
Zinc oxide: a dermatological agent with astringent, soothing and protective properties.
Benzyl alcohol: a local anaesthetic with disinfectant properties.
Benzyl benzoate: an acaricide and has been used as a pediculicide, insect repellent and pharmaceutical solubilising agent. It is a constituent of many natural balsams and is one of the principal esters of Peru Balsam.
Benzyl cinnamate: this is the other principal ester of Peru Balsam BPC 1973. It is synthetised from benzyl alcohol and cinnamic acid which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Peru Balsam is categorised as having a mild antiseptic action because of cinnamic acid and its derivatives present.
Lanolin: resembles the sebaceous secretions of human skin. The grade (hypo allergenic) used is manufactured so as to exclude many sensitising substances present in the lanolin.
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream is suitable for : / Nappy Rash / Eczema / Surface Wounds / Sunburn / Minor Burns / Acne / Bed Sores / Chilblains