This anti-itch lotion quells your itch with the irritant menthol and the over-the-counter anti-itch drug pramoxine hydrochloride. These are formulated in a bland emollient base but the menthol is not something you’d want to apply to your skin daily. Menthol is also a bad idea to use on sunburn, eczema, or itching from poison ivy or sumac as Gold Bond claims.
With 7 moisturizers, aloe, and vitamins E & B5 to calm and relieve itch, irritation, and even chronic dry skin. Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Lotion is ideal for dry, cracked or chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, and poison ivy, oak or sumac.
Active: Dimethicone (5%) (Skin Protectant), Menthol (0.5%) (Anti Itch), Pramoxine Hydrochloride (1%) (Anti Itch), Other: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Behentrimonium Methylsulfate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Distearyldimonium Chloride, EDTA (Ethylenediamine-Tetra-Acetic Acid), Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Steareth 21, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water
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.