06.14.2013
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Eucerin
Calming Itch-Relief Treatment
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6.48 fl. oz. for $7.99
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:06.14.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

The active ingredient in this “treatment” is menthol. It serves as a counter-irritant, which means the irritation the menthol produces is stronger than the irritation (such as itching) that you’re trying to remedy. The base formula is a standard, fragrance-free lotion, but using menthol on itchy, dry skin on a regular basis isn’t the answer if your goal is to heal the skin’s barrier and prevent further damage.

Claims

Fast absorbing, lightweight lotion spreads easily over skin and provides immediate relief of itchy, dry skin. Fragrance-free formula relieves itching at nighttime so you have less trouble falling asleep and less frequent awakenings due to itch. Appropriate for children and atopic dermatitis.

Ingredients

Active: Menthol (0.1 %, External Analgesic Lotion), Other: Water, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Colloidal Oatmeal, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Methyl Glucose Distearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Potassium Sorbate

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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