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.
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.
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
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, even their latest 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. 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.
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