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Akerat S Psoriasis Skin Cream
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3.38 fl. oz. for $29
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
pH:>5.00
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This moisturizer is designed to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, of which the most pervasive is dry, scaly skin. The active ingredient is 2% salicylic acid, but the pH of the product is above 4, so this won’t be as effective as it could have been for reducing the scaling so common to psoriasis. What makes this product helpful is its urea content. Urea is a moisturizing agent that is known to reduce the hyperproliferation of psoriatic skin cells. When coupled with emollients and oils, urea can offer relief to dry, itchy skin while also helping to reduce inflammation (Sources: Clinics in Dermatology, July-August 2008, pages 380–386; and Acta-Dermato Venereologica, September 1996, pages 353–356). Because of urea’s known track record for psoriasis, this product is recommended; however, there are less expensive urea-based and salicylic acid–based moisturizers available at the drugstore (ask your pharmacist if you cannot locate them).

Claims

This calming treatment cream is formulated to address the most common symptoms of psoriasis. Creamy and gentle, Akerat S relieves and prevents itching, irritation, redness, flaking and scaly skin.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Urea, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Cyclomethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Triethanolamine, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polyisobutene, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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