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Diprobase Cream


Effective, affordable

Not keen on the smell

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I've suffered from eczema for a few years now, it's a horrible condition but it's made more bearable by my various lotions and potions that I use to treat it whenever it flares up. For anyone who doesn't already know, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition which causes the skin to itch, swell, crust, crack and so on. Diprobase cream aids in moisturising the dry skin, while also giving it a nice 'cool' sensation which is a very relieving kind of feeling and it certianly aids in calming the itchiness down by a noticeable amount. I don't usually use this when my eczema is at its worse and instead use it as an aftercare cream for the dry, almost scale like patches of skin that the eczema leaves behind as it's such a good moisturiser.

Diprobase cream is a moisturising, protective cream which aids in preventing moisture loss from the skin as well as soothing it. It is mainly used to treat dry skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It's made from chlorocresol, gelomacrogol, cetosteayl alcohol, liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin. It is for external use only and obviously you should avoid getting it near your eyes. As far as i'm aware it's suitable for pretty much everyone including children, but if you notice any adverse effects on the skin after using the cream, don't use it again. As I am breast feeding, I was concerned about using the cream on my small patch of eczema that I currently have on my wrist, however after checking the packaging thoroughly I couldn't see any warnings regarding not using it when pregnant or breast feeding and after checking on Google I can confirm that diprobase cream has no known harmful effects when used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

I bought this cream a while ago now but I have only used it a handful of times, with the most recent been for the past couple of weeks. I've got a small patch of eczema on my wrist that is dry and at times itchy, and I am desperate for it to go away so i've been trying every cream available although as I am breastfeeding I am currently avoiding creams such as steroid creams, which I usually favour rather than moisturisers. I usually use E45 cream with my eczema but my large pump of it has all gone now and I thought i'd use up my tube of this before buying a new pump of E45. I purchased this cream around 5/6 months ago now. It's widely available from chemists, online retailers and even supermarkets, and I purchased my tube of it from Amazon.

This is a reasonably cheap cream and I paid £3 including delivery for a 50 gram tube. Large pumps containing 500 grams of product are also available for around the £10-£12 mark. The tube of cream comes on a cardboard, recycable box which is white. It has all of the information needed on the back along with the product and brand name written clearly on the front. Opening the box is simple and the tube of product is foil sealed meaning it needs to be pierced with either the sharp bit on the end of the tube's screw on lid, or a knife. The tube is easy to squeeze and with a small squeeze it dispenses a small 5p sized blob which is more than enough for the small patch of eczema on my wrist. A little goes a long way so I usually try to get a tiny amount out so that I don't waste any product. I only need to apply a thin layer of it to get the benefits which I like as I hate piling different creams onto my skin - it feels like my skin's been smothered! Luckily though as I said I only need a very thin layer of this which is great!

The cream itself is a little thicker and creamier than E45 cream. It's white in colour with a creamy, thick yet still reasonably lightweight consistency. It feels a little wet but is non greasy and it's very easy to spread over my skin evenly. I would compare this most to sudocream - it has the same kind of texture. Smell wise, it's not a pleasant smelling product but it's not an unbearable smell. It's hard to describe the scent and the term I would use to describe it is medicinal. It does linger for a little after application too which is a bit of a downer but as I apply the cream at night it doesn't interfere with any other scents (eg my perfume or body butter).

I've been using this cream for around 14 days now and I have noticed a slight improvement. The skin i've been using it on is dry, quite sore and it gets easily inflamed. This cream has reduced the dryness and it leaves my skin feeling soothed. It sinks in reasonably quickly and the residue left behind isn't too greasy or unpleasant looking. The cream has calmed down my sore patch of skin and it's now a dull pale pink colour rather than bright pink like it was before. It's barely itched since using the cream, either! I like that it doesn't sting or irritate my skin once applied and I also like that it absorbs well. It doesn't absorb as fast as E45 would, however it doesn't just sit on the skin like a cream such as sudocream would. The cream hasn't got rid of my eczema but it certianly seems to be helping with the healing process and it makes the itchiness more bearable as well as reducing any inflammation due to the 'cooling' effect it provides.

The only downside that I can think of is that it rubs off easily, so I need to cover it with a bandage or cling film before going to bed. Even if you don't have eczema, I would reccomend this as a moisturiser for any rough patches of skin - for example elbows and knees.. it could even be used as a hand or foot cream for anyone with rough or dry skin on their hands and feet! The cream overall is a really good moisturiser and it leaves my skin feeling soothed. It reduces itchiness aswell and it's extremely affordable. A tube lasts for ages as I only need a tiny bit to cover my patch of eczema. I would overall reccomend the cream as it's so effective. 5/5!

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catsholiday 07.03.2012 15:25

I had to use this as my 'soap' for months when I had a horrible skin allergy that they couldn't diagnose

xmum2fourx 07.03.2012 01:15

E xx

brittle1906 06.03.2012 19:11

This can also be used in the shower/bath as a cleanser, instead of soap for really severe skin conditions. My late mother was prescribed it for cellulitis and we got through gallons of the stuff.

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This review of Diprobase Cream has been rated:

"exceptional" by (10%):

  1. catsholiday
  2. xmum2fourx
  3. JasonJRogers

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"very helpful" by (90%):

  1. Coloneljohn
  2. darkeyes2k10
  3. MarcoG

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