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Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10% w/w for extremely dry, itchy or scaly skin - 250ml


  • This product has ingredient evidence. Read more in the Research & Evidence section below
  • Intensive moisturising body lotion containing 10% urea
  • Hydrates skin to ease itching, flaking, and irritation
  • For use on skin that is not broken or inflamed
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Description

Eucerin Intensive Lotion uses the body’s own natural hydrating agents to manage extremely dry, itchy, or scaly skin.

Dry skin is the result of a lack of water in the stratum corneum (the outer skin layers), where urea helps to retain water from deeper layers of the skin in healthy individuals. When urea is lost due to a skin condition, the skin becomes dehydrated, loses suppleness, and may become cracked, scaly, and itchy.

A lack of sebum on the skin’s surface also accelerates evaporation of moisture, and exacerbates the problem of dry skin.

The presence of urea and lactate in Eucerin Intensive Lotion allows the skin to trap more moisture and restore hydration levels. With the lotion restoring a fine surface layer of oil to the skin, it also slows down evaporation and moisture loss. This, and the natural exfoliation of scaly and dry skin, restores smoothness and suppleness.

In cases where dry and scaling skin is not the result of inflammation, using Eucerin Intensive Lotion daily should reduce redness and itching, and improve skin tension.

It is suitable for a range of conditions including xeroderma, atopic eczema, hyperkeratosis, and ichthyosis; however, do not use on broken or inflamed skin.

Ingredients

The ingredients in Eucerin Intensive Lotion are:

  • Urea (10%)
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Methoxy PEG-22-dodecyl glycol copolymer
  • PEG-45 dodecyl glycol copolymer
  • Sorbitan isostearate
  • Ozokerite
  • PEG-2 hydrogenated castor oil
  • Hydrogenated castor oil
  • Light liquid paraffin
  • PEG-7 hydrogenated castor oil
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Medium-chain triglycerides
  • Octyldodecanol
  • Sodium lactate solution
  • Glycerol
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Lactic acid
  • Purified water
  • Dimethicone

Directions

Eucerin Intensive Lotion should be used only on clean and dry skin, so it is normal to apply it after toweling dry after a bath or shower. Gently massage it in to the affected area until it is fully absorbed.

The lotion can be used as often as required.

Precautions

Eucerin Intensive Lotion works well to reduce irritation of unbroken dry skin but don’t use this product if your skin is broken, weeping, or inflamed.

Use only externally and be careful not to get any in the eyes. If this happens, immediately flush the eye out with clean water.

Eucerin Intensive Lotion contains many ingredients. Check these carefully and avoid using if you have a hypersensitivity to any of them. In the event of an unexpected reaction, stop using the lotion and consult with a doctor or pharmacist.

Do not apply this lotion within half an hour of other medicated ointments, creams and lotions.

Breastfeeding or pregnant women can generally use this lotion safely; but breastfeeding mothers should take care not to apply the lotion to the breasts before feeding, to avoid ingestion by the baby.

You should consult a doctor before using on children under three years or with topical medications.

Keep all lotions and creams safely out of reach of children.

Side Effects

There are no known interactions of Eucerin Intensive Lotion with other medicinal products.

Some people may experience skin irritation such as burning, itching, or redness at the site of application.

Research & Evidence

For people with Psoriasis

The HelloSkin experts were not able to find clinical studies that have examined the benefits of Eucerin Intensive Lotion on psoriatic lesions. But, the product contains urea, which in concentrations of 10% can help break down the outer skin layer. Additionally, urea attracts and retains water in the upper skin layers, and may also be helpful in maintaining a healthy skin barrier in other ways (1). In dry skin disorders, such as psoriasis, water loss from the upper skin layer is associated with a reduced skin barrier function. This may worsen the disease symptoms (2).

Eucerin Intensive Lotion also contains glycerol, which appears naturally inside the skin. In the skin, glycerol functions by attracting water from the deeper layers and bind water in the skin, which provides a moisturising effect (3).

Also, the lotion contains lactic acid, a component in the natural moisturising factor in the upper skin layer that was shown to be decreased in psoriatic lesions compared with healthy skin, and that serves to keep the upper skin layers well-hydrated (4). The light liquid paraffin helps reduce water from vanishing from the skin surface. Water evaporation is increased in psoriatic conditions when comparing with normal skin (5).

For people with Eczema

HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find studies that have examined the benefits of Eucerin Intensive Cream in atopic dermatitis. However, the product contains urea which is known to attract and retain water in the upper skin layer and may also help to maintain a functional skin barrier in other ways (1).

The product also contains glycerol which also occurs naturally in the skin and helps attract and bind water and thereby also provide a moisturising effect (3).

Furthermore, the product contains lactic acid, also a component of the natural moisturising factor in the upper skin layer that have been shown to be reduced in eczematous compared with healthy skin (6). The light liquid paraffin helps reduce water from evaporating from the skin surface. In dry skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which may be worsening the disease symptoms (2).


References

  1. Eur J Dermatol. 2014 Mar-Apr;24(2):194-200
  2. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2003;4(11):771-88
  3. Dermatol Ther. 2004;17 Suppl 1:49-56
  4. J Dermatol. 2014 Feb;41(2):144-8
  5. Ann Dermatol. 2012 May; 24(2): 168–174
  6. J Dermatol Sci. 2012 May;66(2):154-9
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