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Gold Bond
Ultimate Eczema Relief Skin Protectant Cream
Rating
8 fl. oz. for $12.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Eye Moisturizer
Last Updated:03.31.2014
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This fragrance-free moisturizer is absolutely a good choice for eczema-affected skin, which is typically also dry and sensitive. Its active ingredient colloidal oatmeal can soothe itchy, irritated skin and the formula contains a mix of tried-and-true emollients and repairing ingredients, though a greater range of the latter would've propelled this body moisturizer to our top rating.

Although not exactly the "ultimate" for eczema skin seeking relief, this cream is an inexpensive option especially when paired with topical prescription medications designed to reduce and control symptoms of eczema.

Ginger root extract is one of the ingredients in this product and although it can have anti-inflammatory activity, some constituents of ginger root may also be irritating, especially for those whose skin barrier is compromised due to the incessant itching that often accompanies eczema (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). The amount of ginger root is likely too low to be cause for concern (and the formula contains some very good anti-irritants), but we wanted to mention it as a precaution.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Inexpensive for an impressive formula.
  • Contains some good barrier repair and skin-healing ingredients.
  • The active ingredient (colloidal oatmeal) can reduce eczema-related itching.
Cons:
  • The ginger root extract poses a slight risk of irritation.
Claims

Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief's patent-pending formula combines 2% skin-protecting oatmeal with 7 moisturizers +3 vitamins to relieve 5 frustrating eczema symptoms and help skin look & feel healthy again.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal (2%); Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Propanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Isohexadecane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ceramide 2, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Dipotassium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.

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, 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.

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