Pros: enriched with aloe and Vitamin E
Cons: Medicated smell ? lingers
Last year my Dermatologist wrote me a prescription for ointment that I really hate using and have way too many tubes of the stuff. While the ointment is okay for my legs that have many rashes from my eczema, I did not want to put it on my face. This past summer season I was making purchases of the various creams on the market that are touted to relieve itch on sensitive skin. Most of these do not even state they are for eczema but when I see the mention of itch relief and there is no lanolin listed in the ingredients, I buy a tube to see if this might be the one for me.
My research has shown that it is a tie between Aveeno and Benadryl as compared to the generic brands of cortisone cream, but they cost more, of course! Having endured years of watching these annoying Gold Bond commercials I decided to pick up a box and check it out further. Again this is not specifically targeting those with eczema, but it does list as relieving itch and pain due to minor skin irritations and dry skin, plus soothes sensitive skin. This could easily describe the condition of my skin anywhere on my arms and legs so I thought this would be worth spending the $5.79 to test the product.
I really did think what the medicated part meant in the name of Gold-Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream, but when you open that lid you get an instant whiff of the medicine smell. This is why I did not use this on my face, instead testing it on my legs, and basically continue to just use it there. Anyone with irritations, cuts, burns, scrapes, sunburn, sumac, poison ivy or oak and insect bites should have a tube of this on hand. It is specifically formulated to help the itch associated with these issues and has no steroids or hydrocortisone.
I was surprised to note that this is suitable for children over the age of two and you can freely apply this to affected areas three to four times a day. Once I read that I was glad that I have this on hand in case either of my children flare up with any of the previously listed irritations. Of course this is only for external use and should avoid the eye area. The cream is white, not very thick and is somewhat runny if too much comes out of the tube. I find it does not burn my numerous rashes on my legs and works instantly on stopping the itch and I can rub it in without worrying about getting on my pants or socks.
The smell is the first ingredient menthol at 1.0%. Then there is the pramoxine hydrochloride at 1.0%. Also listed is aloe vera gel, diazolidinyl urea, disodium EDTA, eucaluptol, iodopropynyl butylcarbanate, methyl salicylate, petrolatum, PPG-1 trideceth-6, propylene glycol, sodium acrylates copolymer, steareth-2, steareth-21, stearyl alcohol, thymol, topopheryl acetate, triethanolamine, water.
This is to be stored at room temperature and away from children. In case of accidental overdose contact poison control immediately. Should the symptoms for the conditions this is geared to not improve within seven days another course of action should be discussed with a professional.
Gold-Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream is a maximum-strength cream that is sold in one-ounce package. The tube is actually larger than other creams and lasts longer, in my opinion. Although this should not be used over large raw surfaces or blistered areas. This is made in U.S.A. and has a number for further assistance at 1-800-745-2429. It took me a long time to make a purchase of this product, perhaps the commercials are not the best and a change is in order. I feel this is a worthwhile medicine to keep in your home supply since it combats many itch dilemmas.
I just wonder why Gold-Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream never stated this can be used for eczema on the package, and until they do I will not try this on my face, only my legs for now. After applying the cream I would suggest washing your hands to rid the smell. The texture is creamy and it rubs into my skin fairly easy.