Matters of the skin is a delicate to everyone. Skin irritation such as rashes, eczema and others can sometimes be very annoying. There are many antiseptic creams which can be used to treat the skin. Sudocrem is an antiseptic healing cream designed to treat skin irritations such as rashes, eczema and sunburns. Do you know the dangers of Sudocrem ? In the article, we’ll explore what Sudocrem is, its uses and the possible dangers of Sudocrem.
What is Sudocrem ?
Sudocrem is a medicated diaper rash cream, popular in countries like the United Kingdom and Ireland but not sold in the United States.
Sudocrem is an antiseptic healing cream designed to treat skin irritations such as rashes, eczema and sunburns. The main use of Sudocrem is for the treatment of babies’ diaper rash. But research has shown it may help treat other conditions.
Ingredients of Sudocrem
Sudocrem is comprised of the active of the following ingredients
- Zinc oxide 15.25
- Benzyl alcohol. 0.39
- Benzyl benzoate 1.01
- Benzyl cinnamate 0.15
- Lanolin (hypo-allogenic) 4
- Purified water
- Liquid paraffin
- Paraffin wax
- Microcrystalline wax
- Benzyl benzoate
- Linalyl acetate
- Propylene glycol
- Citric acid
- Butylated hydroxyanisole
- Sorbitan sesquioleate
- Lavender fragrance
How does Sudocrem work?
But how does Sudocrem work? The little pot of white paste is not only antibacterial and antifungal, (meaning it’s perfect for stopping infections from spreading) it contains a very mild anaesthetic (in the form of benzyl alcohol) which helps to take the pain away from your ailment.
Best use of Sudocrem
The best way to use Sudocrem is too apply a small amount and in a thin layer.
You can massage in small circular movements until it has disappeared leaving a clear film. If the affected area isn’t fully covered you can apply a little more. With Sudocrem, it’s really important to remember a little really does go a long way.
Uses of Sudocrem
The cream has found usefulness in the treatment of many skin diseases. Sudocrem has antufungal, antibacterial, and anaesthetic properties (relieves pain).
Sudocrem us used in the treatment of the following skin problems.
Sudocrem help treat acne spots
Sudocrem is thought by many to be effective in the treatment of acne spots because of the zinc oxide and benzyl alcohol it contains.
Zinc is an important nutrient your body needs to fight infection and inflammation. While zinc is great to consume in foods that you eat, there is no evidence that topical zinc will reduce the inflammation associated with any types of acne.
A 2014 study showed topical anti-acne creams were more effective if they contained zinc. The nutrient was found to be either equal or superior to erythromycin, tetracycline, or clindamycin when used alone in reducing the severity of acne. However, acne was not controlled by topical zinc alone.
Benzyl alcohol may have a drying effect on cystic acne and may also help to dull pain associated with breakouts. Yet there’s no evidence it’s an effective acne treatment.
Sudocrem help to stop chafing
If you’re a runner or cyclist, then ‘chafing’ is already part of your vocabulary. But what you might not know, is that Sudocrem is the perfect cure. Just apply a thin layer of Sudocrem to the inside of your thighs and let it work its magic.
Sudocrem for sunburn
As well as helping with prickly heat Sudocrem is an excellent way to take the soreness out of sunburn.
Gently apply a layer to the area, like you would a face mask, and then let it sink in slowly.
How to use Sudocrem to stop fake tan from clinging
You might be thinking, how does Sudocrem work in stopping dodgy fake tan? Well, it’s a barrier cream, so naturally, it creates a barrier.
Apply it to the palms of your arms and bottom of your feet before smoothing on fake tan, to avoid orange hands and massage it into your hairline, so you don’t end up with a tango halo. No-one needs to know your glow came out of a bottle
Sudocrem for wrinkles
Yes, it’s possible that Sudocrem can be an effective treatment for wrinkles.
A 2009 study found the zinc oxide in Sudocrem stimulates the production of elastin in the skin. It may also help regenerate elastic fibers, which would reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Sudocrem for eczema
Topical products that contain zinc may be effective in treating eczema.
A 2014 review of zinc products for skin conditions found topical zinc reduced symptoms in people who had eczema on their hands. Topical zinc has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Sudocrem for rosacea
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause your skin to become flushed, red, itchy, and irritated. There’s no evidence to support the use of topical products containing zinc to treat rosacea, although there’s also no evidence against it.
The benzyl alcohol in Sudocrem may be irritating to sensitive skin, especially in people who have rosacea. This means it may make redness and dryness worse.
Dangers of Sudocrem
Sudocrem contains beta-hydroxy acid (BHA)
which is an endocrine disruptor and studies
have linked it to be a human carcinogen. This
means BHA may expose humans to benign and malignant tumors. Other studies have exposed this chemical as an endocrine disruptor and a collaborator to the underdevelopment of the reproductive system
Minor side effects or dangers of sudocrem have been linked to the skin cream, including irritation and allergic reaction. Symptoms may include itching, burning and soreness where the cream is applied. Severe allergic reaction may result in swelling, redness and the development of sore and itchy bumps. Should irritation occur, you should stop using the ointment immediately. If symptoms persist or worsen, you should seek medical attention.
- Minor side effects have been linked to the skin cream, including irritation and allergic reaction.
- Should irritation occur, you should stop using the ointment immediately.
Precautions and potential side effects when using Sudocrem
Potential side effects or dangers of Sudocrem include itching and burning at the site where it’s applied. This may happen if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in Sudocrem.
Is Sudocrem an antiseptic cream?
Yes. It’s made up of protective, waxy emollients that are water-resistant, meaning it can hydrate the area without letting excess moisture in, which could harbour germs or infection. Essentially, it’s a cheap and cheerful little miracle worker, with a whole host of uses.
Can Sudocrem be used on newborns?
Yes, it can. If your baby has a case of nappy rash, then you can use Sudocrem to soothe and protect their skin. Because it’s made up of protective, waxy emollients that are water resistant, it can hydrate and treat the area without letting excess moisture in, which could harbour germs or infection.
Does sudocrem help spots?
The short answer? Yes. The ingredients in sudocrem, namely Benzyl alcohol, which has antiseptic properties, and zinc oxide can do a great job at calming down inflammation caused by spots and reducing redness.
When should you use sudocrem on spots?
For spots, it is considered best to leave sudocrem on overnight. Make sure you use clean hands to apply sudocrem onto your face.
Can you put Sudocrem on an open wound?
Common sense needs to prevail here. If you have a big gash or deep cut then you’re best off seeing your GP. However, Sudocrem can work brilliantly on minor cuts, grazes and burns.
This is because it helps to heal wounds by forming a protective layer over the area to reduce the risk of infection. Don’t forget about that all important mild local anaesthetic to soothe, too.