Get ready for maximum irritation from this menthol laced specialty product. The menthol is a problem for all skin types and makes this anti-itch lotion not worth considering, save for perhaps very brief usage when nothing else has worked to stop the itch. Products like this are not recommended for use on sunburned skin. A fragrance-free cream or gel with 1% hydrocortisone would be a much better all-around option for anyone’s first-aid kit.
An essential in every first aid kit. Delivering the maximum pain and itch relief you can get without a prescription it’s great for everything from insect bites to poison ivy.
Active: Menthol (1%) (Anti-Itch), Pramoxine Hydrochloride (1%) (Anti-Itch, Pain Relief), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, Petrolatum, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Mineral Oil, Steareth 21, PPG-1 Trideceth 6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Methyl Salicylate, Thymol, Eucalyptol, Triethanolamine, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Diazolidinyl Urea
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.