Diabetics’ Dry Skin Relief Lotion
13 fl. oz. for $9.99
Last Updated:03.30.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Research has shown that those with diabetes have unique skin issues where certain mechanisms in skin, such as those that regulate healthy collagen production and degradation, are faulty, leading to a greater tendency for skin damage and slower healing of wounds. To that end, Gold Bond has formulated a moisturizer with a high amount of urea, an ingredient that helps bind moisture to dry skin while, in higher amounts (as is the case here) prompts dry, built-up dead skin cells to shed.

Because in high amounts can also be potentially drying (we know, ironic, huh?) it’s a good thing that Gold Bond couples it with a nice mix of repairing and emollient ingredients. Antioxidants and anti-irritants are on hand, too, though not to the same impressive degree as seen in our top-rated body lotions from Gold Bond.

What about the claim that when tested by dermatologists, 9 out of 10 people with diabetes saw their skin improve in one hour? That sounds good, but without knowing the details, it’s relatively meaningless. For example, we don’t know what these 10 people were using (if anything at all) before trying this Gold Bond product. Perhaps their previous moisturizer was inferior, or perhaps they had washed that day with bar soap, which is drying and leads to dull-looking skin. In those instances, any well formulated moisturizer would’ve resulted in the majority of participants concluding that yes, their skin does look better one hour later.

In the end, this is a good body lotion for dry skin, whether diabetes is an issue or not. If you are experiencing skin issues from diabetes, regular use of a product like this (and routine consultations with your physician) will help a lot.


Our proven formula of seven intensive moisturizers and HYDRALAST® soothes and hydrates while adding a protective layer of moisture for 24 hours. Plus, a combination of aloe and vitamins helps nourish and eliminate dry, flaky skin. When tested by dermatologists, 9 out of 10 people with diabetes saw noticeable skin improvement in 1 hour.


Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methyl Gluceth 20, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Retinyl Palmitate, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Propylene Glycol, Steareth 21, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Diazolidinyl Urea, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, EDTA, Propylparaben, Boxwellia Serrata Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide.

Brand Overview

Gold Bond At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; some good body lotions including a few with urea, an excellent ingredient to smooth and soften dry, rough skin.

Weaknesses: Several products contain menthol, including a foot cream with an extremely high amount of this known irritant. Menthol is not anti-itch; it simply replaces one form of irritation (itching) with another.

There isn't a lot to write about Gold Bond despite the fact that the brand has been around for over 100 years. For the most part, Gold Bond is a staple at drugstores due to their small selection of body lotions, anti-itch products, and various foot-care products, including powders and anti-odor sprays. You can ignore any of their products with menthol. This is used in several Gold Bond products as a counter-iritant. What does that mean? Counter-irritants such as menthol are used to induce local inflammation for the purpose of relieving inflammation in deeper or adjacent tissues. In other words, they substitute one kind of inflammation for another, which is never good for skin. Irritation or inflammation, no matter what causes it or how it happens, impairs the skin's immune and healing response (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November–December 2000, pages 358–371). And although your skin may not show it or doesn't react in an irritated fashion, if you apply irritants to your skin the damage is still taking place and is ongoing, so it adds up over time (Source: Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227–237). Gold Bond has some good body lotions to consider and they are fairly priced, too. But that's where the excitement for this longstanding brand starts and stops.

For more information about Gold Bond, visit www.goldbond.com or call (423) 842-5844.

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Now I know why it might be suitable for diabetics.

YES! I love this stuff. But it always bugged me that it was marketed toward diabetics. Why???? THANK YOU Paula, for telling me why. They should slap that right on the label. Cheers to you!

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