A common skin manifestation of diabetes is severely dry, often cracked skin on the feet, particularly on the heels and ball of the foot. This fragrance-free foot cream from Gold Bond aims to improve this concern, and the formula definitely contains some notable emollients to get the job done, including 30% petrolatum (more commonly known as Vaseline) and 3% dimethicone, a silicone skin protectant. The rest of the formula is rounded out by a relatively standard roster of thickeners, an anti-irritant, some good repairing ingredients, and a small amount of vitamin-based antioxidants. All in all, not a bad formula for dry skin on the feet or elsewhere from the neck down.
In terms of being “protectant”, this fits the bill due to the amount of silicone and petrolatum this contains—both are FDA-approved skin protectants used to good effect here. What we’re curious about is why Gold Bond didn’t add urea to the mix. This ingredient has some intriguing research behind its usefulness for diabetic skin concerns, and Gold Bond uses it in several of their products that aren’t marketed to those with diabetes. It’s a mystery as to why they didn’t include this ingredient too, as it would’ve worked great with the petrolatum and silicone actives (Sources: Acta Clinica Croatia, March 2013, pages 99–106; Skin Research and Technology, March 2013, ePublication; and Panminerva Medica, December 2012, pages 35–42.)
Gold Bond sells other foot creams with high amounts of urea that would actually be a better bet for those with dry, cracked, or heavily callused skin resulting from diabetes. But for those struggling with everyday dryness on the feet, Dry Skin Relief Skin Protectant Foot Cream easily earns our top rating.
With new Gold Bond Ultimate Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief Foot Cream, you can soothe the discomfort of dry, cracked, calloused heels and feet. In fact, 9 out of 10 people with diabetes saw noticeable skin improvement in 1 hour. Our Skin Protectant Foot Cream’s two active ingredients help soothe and protect skin while sealing in moisture. This rich foot cream formula is non-irritating, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, dye free and perfect for daily use.
Active: Dimethicone (3%, Skin Protectant), White Petrolatum (30%, Skin Protectant). Inactive: Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyethylene, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methyl Gluceth 20, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Steareth 21, Steareth 2, Allantoin, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 2, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Jojoba Esters, DMDM Hydantoin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Propylparaben, EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Tribehenin, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Retinyl Palmitate.
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, call parent company Sanofi Aventis at (800) 981-2491 or visit www.goldbond.com.
Note: We did not review the foot odor sprays and powders from this brand due to Paula and the Cosmetics Cop team typically not reviewing these categories of body-care products.