QV Lotion is a white, cutaneous solution used in the management of a range of dry skin conditions and is suitable to relief symptoms of psoriasis and atopic eczema.
It can also be used to help with skin damage as a result of exposure to sun, wind and cold weather. Adults and infants can use the lotion, as well as the elderly. QV Lotion is suitable for use before or after bath or shower time.
The lotion is paraffin-based, and works as an emollient, whereby an ‘occlusive’ protective barrier is formed on the skin. This slows water evaporation and helps to hydrate dry, flaky, or scaly skin. The moisturising effect makes the skin feel smoother and more pliable.
The lotion itself is non-greasy and is mild and gentle on the skin. It contains no preservatives, fragrances, or artificial colourings, making it suitable even for sensitive skin types.
For best results, apply the lotion directly to the affected area of the skin as often as needed, particularly after bathing, showering, shaving, or exposure to harsh weather. Also apply the lotion at night.
You should first wash your hands and then the affected areas of dry skin. After drying, apply the lotion with your clean hands to the affected areas. Massage it in until it is no longer visible on the skin’s surface, and this should leave your skin feeling softer and more hydrated.
QV Lotion is safe to use, but should be kept out of the reach of children, as with all medication. If accidentally swallowed, contact a doctor immediately.
Use only externally on the skin, and be careful that no lotion enters the eyes (if this occurs, flush the eye with water). This product contains many ingredients, so check the full list and do not use it if you are hypersensitive to any ingredient.
Complications are rare, but stop using the lotion straight away if you experience any skin problems or other unwanted reactions.
Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers can usually use the lotion safely, but to be sure, check with your doctor.
Notice that this product contains parabens (methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propyl parahydroxybenzoate).
No side effects of using QV Lotion have been reported, and no interactions with other medicinal skin products have been identified.
However, QV Lotion contains cetostearyl alcohol, methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propyl parahydroxybenzoate, which can cause skin reactions or allergic reactions that may be delayed.
Our experts were unable to find clinical data on the benefits of QV Lotion on psoriatic lesions. However, the products contains glycerol, an element appearing naturally in the skin. It helps retain and attract water from the deeper skin layers, thereby hydrating and thus moisturising the skin (1).
A decrease in the water content of the upper layer of the skin is found in many dry skin conditions, also psoriasis, and is linked to a reduced function of the skin barrier (2), which is believed to contribute to the inflammation and aggravates the disease (3).
Also, QV Lotion contains white soft paraffin, known to help prevent water evaporating from the skin surface. Water evaporation is increased in psoriatic conditions compared with normal skin (4).
For people with Eczema
HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find clinical data on the benefits of QV Lotion in atopic dermatitis. However, the product contains glycerin which occurs naturally in the skin where it helps attract and retain water from the deeper skin layers, thereby hydrating and thus moisturising the skin (1).
A decrease in the water content of the upper layer of the skin is found in many dry skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis, and is linked to a reduced function of the skin barrier (2).
In patients with atopic dermatitis, a glycerol cream compared with a glycerol free placebo was able to hydrate stratum corneum and restore epidermal barrier function during the treatment when treated twice daily for 4 weeks (5).
Also, the product contains petrolatum, known to help prevent water evaporating from the skin surface. In a study of children with atopic dermatitis an over-the-counter petrolatum based emollient was found to be just as beneficial in measures of disease severity and improvement compared with two prescription device moisturisers when applied three times per day for 3 weeks (6).