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Eucerin
Aquaphor Original Ointment (Discontinued)
Rating
14 fl. oz. for $16.99
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:02.20.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
This version of the popular Aquaphor range isn’t as well-formulated as the Aquaphor Healing Ointment, but that isn’t saying much. This one lacks the beneficial extras like panthenol, glycerin, and the anti-irritant bisabolol. Still, the greasy emollients of Vaseline and mineral oil, along with wax to keep it holding tight to your skin, do a good job of protecting skin from moisture loss and easing dryness. There’s just no compelling reason to consider this over the Healing Ointment.
Claims
Provides effective, long-lasting relief for severely dry skin. Aquaphor is a superior choice because it works by creating a protective barrier that conditions skin as it prevents moisture loss. It protects and helps heal dry, cracked skin to keep it smooth and healthy. Neutral and anhydrous, Aquaphor Original Formula provides a superior base for compounding smooth stable emulsions. It is highly miscible with both aqueous solutions and other oil-based substances. Because of this dual nature, Aquaphor adheres to both moist and dry dermal tissue to provide uniform coverage of the skin.
Ingredients
Active: Petrolatum, Other: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol
Brand Overview

Eucerin At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.

Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.

This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.

There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.

A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.

For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.

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