Cetraben Lotion is part of a small range of products from the same manufacturer that uses the moisturising properties of light liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin to rehydrate dry skin.
Dry and eczema-prone skin often suffers from the loss of the skin’s protective barrier. In healthy individuals, this helps to retain moisture in the upper skin layers by reducing evaporation from the surface; but this process is interrupted in individuals suffering from a skin condition.
Cetraben’s emollient properties help to restore this natural barrier. It also contains glycerin, which brings moisture to the surface from the deeper skin layers, increasing the amount of moisture in the upper layers.
Used regularly, the skin becomes softer, smoother, and feels healthier. It also reduces the itchiness and the need to scratch for dry skin sufferers.
The lotion is fragrance-free and contains none of the irritants commonly found in standard soaps, gels, and other lotions, which may worsen dry skin conditions.
Cetraben Lotion absorbs easily and dries quickly. It is mild enough to be used as part of the daily cleansing routine and can be used by people with large areas of eczema or dry skin. It is suitable for children over the age of 12 months.
HelloSkin's experts were unable to find clinical data on the use of Cetraben Lotion on psoriatic lesions.
Nonetheless, this product contains white soft paraffin and liquid paraffin, which help prevent water evaporating from the skin surface.
Additionally, glycerol effectively attracts and binds water, and thereby helps hydrating the upper skin layers (1). In dry skin conditions, including psoriasis, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which may be worsening the disease symptoms (2).
For people with Eczema
HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find clinical data on the benefits of Cetraben Lotion in atopic dermatitis.
However, the product contains glycerol, which effectively attracts and binds water and thereby helps hydrating the upper skin layer. The product also contains white soft paraffin and liquid paraffin, which help prevent water from evaporating from the skin surface.
In a study of children with eczema an over-the-counter petrolatum (white paraffin) based emollient applied three times per day for 3 weeks was shown to be just as beneficial in measures of disease severity and improvement, compared with two prescription device moisturisers 3.
In dry skin conditions, including eczema, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which may be worsening the disease symptoms (2).