Pros: Helps heal cuts, non-burning.
Cons: Can be difficult to find in stores.
Growing up, certain brand names were always in our house, such as Hellman's Mayonnaise, Heinz Ketchup and Kleenex Tissues. Johnson & Johnson First Aid Cream, in its white tube with red and blue writing, was another such item. The medicine cabinets in my grandparents homes were also stocked with identical tubes, so that it was years before I knew that "First Aid Cream" was actually a product name, rather than a type of product.
This cream is for use on minor cuts, scrapes and burns, but not for large, deep, or puncture wounds, serious burns or animal bites. The directions, found both on the box and the tube itself, also state that this cream should not be used for more than one week.
As a child, First Aid Cream was applied to my knees many, many times, since I tended to trip quite often while playing outside. The routine was for one of my parents to first clean the cut with hydrogen peroxide, which sometimes burned worse than the original fall and cut. This cream would then be applied, which soothed the pain, and according to the package, assists in healing. A bandage was then applied and I was sent back outside to play.
The white cream, in the same tube, looks and works very much the same today as it did back then. My own children have fallen while skating, biking and playing sports, so I keep one tube of cream in the first aid kit in my car. Even if we are out of the house and cannot clean a cut as perfectly as I could at home in our own bathroom, I can apply this cream to their cuts and ease their pain somewhat.
I am not sure if using this cream actually does help the healing process, but I have found it to ease the pain and burning associated with minor cuts. In addition, it creates a barrier between a bleeding cut and the bandage, so that a scab will not stick to the bandage. For a day or two after the initial application, each time I put a new bandage on a cut, I also put some First Aid Cream on it.
There is no special trick to using this product. A small amount goes a long way, and a drop, about the size of a green pea usually is enough for a cut. I usually purchase Johnson & Johnson First Aid Cream in a 1.5 ounce tube, with a screw-off cap. The tube can stand on the cap, which allows the creme to be ready to come out when it is needed without having to squeeze too hard. Unfortunately the cap comes off completely so that you have to have a place to put it while working on the wound, and a flip-top cap would be easier to work with. A tube usually lasts about a year or so, and the package that I most recently purchased has an expiration date of about a year and a half from now.
This cream goes on smooth and does not feel greasy. It has never irritated our skin, and has only helped to make crying children smile at least a little bit after getting hurt.
My only real problem with this product is that it can be difficult to find. We live in a well-populated area with plenty of stores, but not all stores carry this cream (though they do carry other Johnson & Johnson first aid items), and not even all locations of chain stores carry it.
Johnson & Johnson First Aid Cream helped soothe my many scraped knees as a child, and now I use it on my own children to help heal their minor injuries. It does not burn or sting, and does soothe cuts and scrapes, at least a little bit.