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I have been using E45 cream for a number of years due to the fact that I have very dry skin and also sensitive skin which can become inflamed especially in cold weather conditions. I always have a tube of E45 to hand to help with dry, itching and chapped skin and this cream really soothes and calms down the areas affected.
I find it is also a good hand cream as it prevents the skin from getting chapped after being in water and also it is good for soothing sunburn. After use of this cream my skin always feels soothed and relieved. It states on the packaging that E45 can also be used for serious skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and some psoriasis. It also states that this is suitable also for babies so that the whole family can benefit from the soothing relief of this cream.
I bought a 50g tube which came boxed from Boots the Chemist and it cost two pounds and twenty nine pence. A tube lasts quite a while and I think it is very good value for money.
It is perfume free and dermatologically tested and it seems to me to be a good quality product and I try never to be without a tube of this as it helps me very much with all kinds of skin conditions. It is light and non greasy and once rubbed into the affected area there is no stickiness, just soft and soothed skin.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who suffers from dry skin conditions.
E45 is a cream made to help skin conditions and help chapped dry skin to heal. It can be used on eczema, dermatitis, ichthyosis and psoriasis.
It can be used for all ages including babies so it's a really handy family product.
My family uses it on irritated skin and eczema. I would say I see this cream as a quick soother rather than a treatment and we've never relied on it totally to resolve a flare of eczema.
I mostly buy the 50g tube as it does go a long way.
The cream is white and smells slightly although the scent is not strong and reminds me of nappy cream.
It comes out of the tube as a fairly thick cream but on contact with the skin seems to thin out, probably due to body heat. I tend to find it disappears into the skin a bit too quickly and doesn't form much of a barrier for any length of time. It's still a useful cream to try but I personally find we get better results from thinner creams that also leave a bit more of a protective layer (like some of the oily creams do). It's non greasy if you give it the time to sink in so can be a good hand cream.
The whole E45 range is generally easy to pick up in the supermarket and all chemists. It's great when you need to buy something for relief straight away.
It's also cheap at £2.29 for the 50g tube. many eczema creams are twice the price.
It comes in 50g, 125g, 350g and 500g containers.
I like it but don't love it.
I started using E45 cream last year on a little patch of Eczema that came up on my chin. I had never used it before but a friend who also suffered with Eczema gave it a glowing report. I picked up a 50ml tube from the supermarket for about £2.00 and began using it immediately.
The E45 products are a range of highly moisturising emollients which have been clinically proven to help a plethora of skin conditions. It can be used to help treat chapped skin, rough dry skin, itchy or flaking, sunburn, eczema, dermatitis and dry psoriasis. It come in plain white packaging, be that a tube like I purchased, or you can also get it in larger tube or pump action bottles. The design is very simple with just the E45 logo standing out. Whilst being recommended for a whole host of skin problems, it is also very mild and can even be used on babies.
The cream is very thick, and white in colour, it has no fragrance. As it is an emollient, it does not sink into skin when you apply but kind of sits on top and takes some rubbing in – if that’s necessary depending on your skin condition. It applies almost like a barrier and I often used it as a light smear on top of the dry eczema and as the day went on it slowly sunk into the skin. It does give immediate soothing relief to sore skin, and within a couple of uses my eczema did improve. I have also since used it on some very dry skin on my legs and it also helped those too.
It does work very well to help skin conditions such as eczema, but I have to say, as it so thick and doesn’t sink into skin I wouldn’t use it as a daily moisturiser but as a treatment it is fab!
E45 is always the first thing that people seem to recommend if you mention that you have dry skin but I just don’t think it is as good as people make it out to be at least it isn’t for me.
It is a very thick cream which has been dermatologically tested to soothe a variety of dry skin conditions such as eczema, chapped and even just rough skin. It is a paraffin based moisturiser.
I just didn’t enjoy using this as I found that it was so thick and greasy that it was almost impossible for it to penetrate my skin and instead just sat on the top of my skin leaving a greasy layer which then just got rubbed off anyway by clothing.
It didn’t feel all that moisturising to me either. Anything this thick and greasy is going to give some hydration to dry skin but it didn’t just melt into my skin and take away the dryness. It sort of reminded me of Vaseline in that it would give immediate relief to dryness but it didn’t really sort out the underlying issue of it.
For me I found that there were much more effective creams out there and I preferred a rich moisturiser such as cocoa butter or a body butter from the Body Shop instead as I found that at least those actually soaked into my skin giving me not only relief but also helping to heal my skin whereas I didn’t feel that this was doing that.
Most people love this to perhaps it is just me but I wouldn’t bother using it again because although it gave me some immediate relief it didn’t combat the underlying dryness and I didn’t like the way it didn’t absorb into my skin and I found that there were much better products to use instead.
I first stated to use E45 cream when I used to get if on prescription when I was in 6th form. I have patches of eczema on my skin and I have to use this a lot to help to alleviate the dryness of my skin condition. I used to get it free as I was still in full time education and I was under 18 but now I am a year older and at Uni I no longer have this luxury of free prescriptions and I have to buy it myself instead. Fortunately for me it's not very expensive and though it would be cheaper if I were to buy the larger sized tubs like I used to be able to get free, now I just buy the smaller sized tubes instead as they are so much cheaper but they don't last long as I use it quite a lot.
E45 cream contains liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin and it's these two things which greatly helps to relieve my skin from the dry and itchy patches. It gets worse when I'm stressed or having friend problems at Uni or struggling to get an essay in later than it should be. This cream is quite thick and feels like it won't be absorbed very easily in your skin but in fact it's actually absorbed much better than you might think
It feels a little bit greasy when you first apply it but I just massage gently and I never apply too much because this is where it's very easy to go wrong with this cream, you only need a very small amount and it still does a great job at adding moisture to my skin. I pay £1.79 for the smallest 50g tube and this lasts me a few weeks. I often take it with me into Uni to use during the day and I use it on my face and especially my chin all the time and it's so gentle and it never clogs up my pores or makes me break out in spots.
It never smells of anything to me and it definitely doesn't smell medicinal like you might think it would. It just has a nice clean fresh aroma to it. It works quickly and helps not only to add moisture to the kin but it also helps to retain what moisture I already have.
I can't be without E45 cream and I recommend it totally.
I have been using good old E45 cream for years - it's my fail-safe and it's used by all of us in our house. I buy the large stocky tubs from Boots and these cost about £5. As the pots are so large, they can be a little bit difficult to store, especially as my medicine cupboard is so tiny, but it really is better value for money if you can buy the larger sized tubs. Of course, there are smaller tubes to buy too and these would be handier if you needed to use them out of the house.
It is mainly my daughter who we buy E45 cream for as she has flare up's of eczema. It doesn't help the condition entirely, but it does add lost moisture back into her skin and it's a product I will often use on her worst patches before she has a bubble bath as it protects the skin and prevents the water from drying the skin out further and thus making her skin so tight and sore that it inevitably bleeds. Likewise, if we go swimming, which we do about once every fortnight, I make sure she is pretty much lathered up in this emollient.
The cream itself is simple and easy to apply and it will never drip onto your carpet as it is so very thick. A little amount is all that is required for pretty good results. I don't just use E45 cream for Sarah's eczema, I also use it in conjunction with other products but this is one I have been using for years.
I use this myself as a facial moisturiser. It's not the sort of cream you are going to be able to wear on your face underneath make up as that just wouldn't work and you'd end up looking a greasy mess, however, I have found that it makes an excellent alternative to a night cream. I apply this even around the delicate eye area and it never makes my eyes puff up. I obviously use less around this area but I always find that if I have used it at night that the following morning my face will look fresh and well hydrated.
It really is an excellent cream and something which can be used by the whole family. I also use it as a hand cream and have used it as a richer all over body lotion from time to time, especially if my skin has been feeling particularly parched. It does feel slightly 'cloggy' and you have to be careful that it's dried off before dressing but it's certainly a cream I would recommend to anyone.
I suffer from patches of dry skin from time to time - particularly during the winter months when I find that central heating combined with the biting cold outside and heavy winds can dry my skin out. Therefore, I tend to moisturise more in the winter months and have various remedies for these dry skin patches in the house. Both of my sons also suffered with dry skin when they were born and we were advised of a couple of remedies for this - one was to rub olive oil into the skin and the other was to add some E45 cream to their bath (under the running water). Therefore, I have several tubes and tubs of E45 cream lurking around the house.
E45 cream helps to relieve dry skin. Information on the NHS choices website states that: 'It is used to help moisturise the skin in dry conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It softens and rehydrates dry skin by helping it to retain more moisture'. It contains light liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin and anhydrous lanolin and works by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface.
The cream can be purchased in a variety of forms - in tubes and tubs. A 50g tube (like a metallic toothpaste tube) costs £1.79 in Boots and a 350g pot £5.29 (Dec 2013). The pots and tubes are predominantly white in colour with the blue E45 labelling. The cream itself is quite thick in texture and a bright white in colour. It feels slightly greasy to the touch but is soft and smooth in texture. I apply this sparingly on areas of dry skin and rub it in well - it is quite easily absorbed into the skin but it does take a little rubbing in. It does feel a little greasy for a short time after application but this soon completely absorbs to leave the skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
I find that the cream clears up my dry skin patches very quickly - within a few days if applied twice a day. I only need apply sparingly too as it is very effective, therefore it is great value for money as it last so well. When applied to my son's bath, it also helps soothe his dry skin without being harsh on his skin or leaving it feeling greasy.
My skin is every dermatologist & make up guru's nightmare.
It flare's up with clinique & even some simple products, also it can go very greasy to very dry within a day.
When my skin has decided it does not like me i turn to e45.
you can get various sized tubes and bottles from the supermarkets or the usual haunts. There is a slight smell which is a nice and is not powerful at all so you don't need to worry about every one in the street smelling it.
I would suggest shopping about for the best price as you can get it everywhere (watch out for baby events in the supermarket's - it usually goes down in price when they are on)
If i put on make up when im having a dry day i have about 1-2 hours before the dreaded "cakeness" look appears, if it put on a little of e45 before i put on my make up i don't need to worry and watch the clock like Cinderella. you could use the one tube for your hands, face etc.
I really like this cream and its a staple in work, home and when im out. If you have dry skin problems turn to this!!!
Various sizes - I use the 50g tube
What it claims:
"Treatment for Dry Skin Conditions."
The blurb: "E45 cream has been clinically proven to treat and soothe dry, itching, flaking, chapped, rough and calloused skin. Sunburn and detergent hands. Its non-greasy emollient formulation leaves your skin comfortable and relived. E45 cream is also for more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, ichthyosis and certain dry cases of psoriasis. Perfume free - dermatologically tested."
E45 Cream should be stored at below 25C and advises that occasionally allergic reaction may occur and if so consult your doctor.
Simply open the cardboard carton take out the tube and open the plastic cap. The cream is dispensed via an average sized aperture and the cream is then rubbed on in the same way as hand cream or body lotion. The cream being an emollient is fairly thick and has a consistency gloupier than most hand creams and similar to many nappy creams.
For severe cases of skin conditions, you will know the best way to apply an emollient with minimum discomfort. I am lucky, I only get occasional flair-ups of contact dermatitis and this is my main defence against it. In my case if I get a flair-up, I first of all apply the E45 onto the area, and often then just use instead of hand cream, at the very least, I apply three times a day to the infected area and rub in carefully. I then continue to use for a few days once the rash has gone before washing up or cleaning or doing anything that may cause a relapse flair-up. Effectively I use it as a barrier cream whilst my skin is in recovery. This system works very, very well for me. The tube is of the variety that is easy to squeeze, so once the tube gets low it is easy to push the last bit out, it is also a top down design, making it quick and easy to remove the cream as you get through the tube. It is economical and cost effective to use, I always have a tube in stock and keep it in the cardboard outer as that contains the use by date. I should imagine it would be fine to use after that date, maybe just not as effective.
All in all a good, readily available easy to purchase soothing and effective treatment for skin conditions.
In conclusion it certainly always works for me and is 100% reliable, it came to me highly recommended and I am happy to pass that recommendation on. I would expect it to easily meet the claims on the box.
Price and Availability:
Price is usually just a few ££s for the smallest tube up to about £5 for the tub. It is readily available from supermarkets, pharmacies, chemists and on-line.
6 month on: Still a must have in my house!
Why and how do I use this product?
Anyone who has occasional flare ups of eczema knows the itchiness and soreness that goes with it. I first encountered E45 when my children were small - my borderline OCD cleaning, washing and sterilizing of everything they came into contact with had the knock on effect that I put the skin on my hands through the mill and ended up with the lumpy, dry, bleeding and painful mess that is eczema - so bad that I was prescribed steroid cream to clear it up. My doctor recommended that I use E45 to keep my hands moisturised once the eczema had cleared up.
There has never really been a time since then that E45 has been missing from my bathroom cabinet. The whole family use it to help with dry skin problems. My daughter often rubs some on the backs of her heels when her high heels have been chaffing. My husband uses it on his hands when he has been working in the garden and has to over-scrub his hands to get that ground-in dirt off. I use it regularly on my hands and legs at the first sign that my skin feels a little bit dry. In wintertime when the central heating inside and the cold air outside do their best to dry out your skin on all fronts - E45 is invaluable.
E45 cream is thick, creamy and white. If used sparingly it is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves your skin feeling softer almost immediately. It does not make your skin feel sticky like some creams and most importantly for me - my skin does not react to it as it does to some other moisturising products.
What is E45? (see www.e45.co.uk for further details)
E45 is basically light liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin and anhydrous lanolin which is from the wool of sheep and works by providing a layer of oil on your skin which stops which water evaporation from the skin's surface. It was formulated by a Boots chemist way back in 1952 to help a customer who wanted something that would soothe the skin and well as providing protection for the skin. In the early years it was used in hospitals - then in the 1980's it began to appear in pharmacies and shops.
There is a range of E45 products on the market. In addition to the standard cream there are lotions and hand creams; emollient bath oils and a dry scalp shampoo. They even have a range that is specifically aimed at small children. To view the whole range of E45 products and to see whether they would be right for you, check out the website noted above. If in any doubt it is always best to take the advice of a doctor first before using this product. Always read the label before use. For external use only.
Price and availability
E45 is available now at most good chemists stores and supermarkets. The E45 standard cream comes in several different sizes. A 125g tub of E45 is currently £3 at Asda, and £4 at Sainsburys and Tesco's. A 350g tub is £4.87 at Waitrose and £6.50 at Sainsburys and Tesco's. (19/07/13)
I would not be without this product. It is an essential part of my dry skin management. It has a long shelf life and is worth keeping in your bathroom cabinet in my opinion. Would recommend.
This is not the most elegantly packaged product out there. It is a plain tub which takes up more than its fair share of space in the bathroom cabinet it lives in. It does not even have sleek design. This is very much a does what it says on the tub approach to packaging.
It does not smell edible or sexy. It is a plain white gloopy cream that sits there when you unscrew the top and does not scream, Lather Me On All Over, You Know You Want To. The scent, what little there is, does tend more towards the medicinal rather than the indulgent.
So why has it earned a place in that bathroom cabinet and kept it for many years?
I have eczema patches. Not many, as I take care to minimise my exposure to things which I know will act as triggers to move my skin from grumbling to taking industrial action. But as I don't live in a bubble there is a limit to what I can do to stop one of these itchy, flaky, red and sore patches from popping up every now and then.
That's why I keep the Giant Tub of Eeczema Doom.
Patch appears. Tub gets unscrewed. A dollop of thich white cream is scooped out by index finger and rubbed into the protesting area and repeated as requred.
What happens to me is that the skin soothes. With a couple of applications, the dry patches ease, the flakes stop flaking and the redness and soreness both subside. This is not a medical miracle. It doesn't fix the allergic genes at the root of many of my health problems. What it does do and does very well is manage the symptoms so that even if my skin is not entirely normal, it manages to look like it is, which is all I can really ask for at this stage of gene therapy
So, not a glamourous product. Not one with a beautiful scent. But something which eases something which is uncomfortable and unsightly and that is all I can ask for really.
It also seems to be one of those products which lasts and lasts, no matter how much you slather on to the dry and flaky bits the level of the cream in the tub seems to take forever to go down.
Last but by no means least, this is not a ridiculously epensive cream. A 350ml tub will set you back £6.99 or 699 Advantage Points at Boots, but will work out even cheaper as part of their three for two deal on healthy skincare. This product is also widely available at the big supermarkets as well as Amazon.
The active ingredients include white paraffin and lanolin as well as glycerin. With lanolin, this is not a vegan product and this is not a product packed full of orgainic free trade shea butter. It is marked as suitable for adults and children and as perfume free and dermatalogically tested. It is sold for eczema, dermatitis, itchy and dry skin conditions including some dry types of psoriasis, as well as sunburn and dry, rough skin.
It has certainly helped me with most of the above at one time and another.
Which is why it gets to keep on taking more than its fair share of the bathroom cabinet.
My boyfriend has Eczema, so one of the products we always have in our house is E45, a specially formulated emollient cream made by Crookes Healthcare Limited. As well as being useful for soothing eczema flare ups, this cream is actually pretty multi-purpose and can also be used for cooling sunburned skin, and for moisturizing dry and flaky skin.
Whilst I don't have eczema myself, I have in the last year developed a tendency towards hives and prickly heat rashes after an allergic reaction to a medication. This leaves me with skin that is red, hot and itcy, covered in dozens of little red or white bumps, and slightly swollen. It's horrible, uncomfortable, and unsightly - and it can happen for almost no reason. During a flare up, my overwhelming urge is to scratch, but what I try to do first is use a cream to try and cool it down and make it less uncomfortable.
I apply this liberally to my skin. Now, If I'm not going out anywhere any time soon, I really do apply this very quickly, rub it in only gently, and then leave a thin layer on my skin so I look all grey. Not only does it moisturise and cool my skin very quickly, but I also find leaving a layer on my skin keeps it cool for longer, and also makes my skin a little slippery so that my attempts to scratch prove fruitless and don't lead to me breaking the skin. If I do have to go out, I spend time blending this in - it does take a while, being quite a thick cream, and occasionally leaves me a little impatient.
Whilst this does moisturise and cool the skin, I don't feel it helps me with the itchiness at all, which is, if I'm honest, the most annoying bit of a flare up. It also doesn't really do anything to reduce the inflammation or visible redness. With that said, I've yet to find anything non prescription that does.
Would I recommend E45 - well, I think it is absolutely excellent as a moisturiser for sensitive skin, and my boyfriend really rates it for his eczema. However, although it helps with some of the problems I have during skin flare ups, it just doesn't help with the actual irritation itself.
Three stars - a quality product that really works for some people, but sadly not for me.
E45 Moisturising Lotion claims to be is a light daily dry skin moisturiser that is perfect for everyday use all over the body and helps keep your skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated.
During the winter I seem to suffer from dry skin on my arms and it has seemed particularly bad this winter. I received the E45 moisturising lotion as a free sample from Bzzagent and wanted to see if the cream would help combat my dry skin.
It's perfume free and hypoallergenic. I generally prefer unscented body products and it also means boyfriend is also happy to use as it doesn't smell girly!
To me it did feel slightly greasy on application and for a short while afterwards but on the other hand it does feels like it's hydrating your skin and the dry skin on my arms has disappeared after using for just a few days.
Looking at the prices online it also seems a lot cheaper than some of the very expensive skin care products and works as well if not better.
I had eczema when I was younger and still suffer with patches of dry skin that can become red and irritated if I don't moisturise regularly. I have often been recommended E45 as a non-prescription moisturiser.
Scent and texture:
The scent and of E45 is very clinical which means it feels much more like a medicine or prescription cream that many body lotions and moisturisers on the market. This definitely put it into the 'utility' rather than 'luxury' category of body lotions. I find this too medicated and don't like the smell on my skin. I'd rather something more feminine.
The texture is very thick and I find it takes a bit of rubbing to get this to absorb. This isn't ideal for me as I often moisturise in a rush and want to get dressed quickly afterwards.
Does it moisturise well?
I'm always surprised that this is recommended so often for dry skin as for me it's quite ineffective. I have found that body butters with cocoa butter such as Palmers or Derma V10 are much more effective at relieving the 'tight' skin feeling that dry skin gives you. E45 seems to just mask a bit of the surface dryness but doesn't moisturise deep down. For me, this is a cream I will only use if I've left my cocoa butter lotion behind and it's better to have a weak moisturiser than nothing at all.
Price and value:
I'm surprised to see how much the price of E45 has increased over the years. It's now at £6.99 for 350g (Boots). I would much rather pay £4 for 300ml of cocoa butter lotion which does the job much better. It would only be value for money if the product worked for me!
Overall, E45 does not moisturise well for dry skin and isn't particularly pleasant to use!
I first started using this cream years and years ago when I first started to get eczema flares up. My doctor prescribed it to me and I've been using it ever since. I usually use it when my eczema flares up or when my skin is particularly dry as I personally find it a little too thick and intensive for everyday use when my skin isn't in need of too much extra moisturise but when it comes to moisturising dry patches and soothing itchy skin it is amazing!
E45 comes in heaps of different sized bottles, tubs and tubes so prices will vary on the size of the bottle/tub/tube that you buy. I get the large 500 gram bottle which I think retails at around £10 but I get mine on prescription. £10 seems quite expensive for a moisturiser I know, but because it is so thick and creamy you really don't need that much to feel the effects and I would say on average that a large bottle lasts me for at least three to four months with daily use.
Because I tend to mainly use it when my skin is really bad though it usually lasts me for at least six months so it is excellent value for money and it doesn't work out as expensive as you'd think! As I mentioned before E45 comes in several different forms of packaging but the 500ml bottle that I buy is a large, quite bulky plastic bottle which has a pump on the top.
I love the pump mechanism as it is a lot more hygienic than me having to dip my fingers into a tub of product and it is also less messy and it dispenses just the right amount of product each time I press down on the pump. The only really small disadvantage though is that when the bottle starts running low I have to press the pump over and over again to squeeze the last bit out. The cream itself is white, really thick and it doesn't really have much of a smell to it but when I do use a lot of it when my skin is really dry I tend to find that it smells quite waxy, a bit like wax crayons which doesn't sound that pleasant but the smell is subtle and gentle and it isn't overpowering.
The cream has a really gorgeous rich consistency which feels so luxurious and as soon as the cream meets my skin my skin feels amazing and instantly hydrated, smooth and nourished. As long as I don't apply too much the product absorbs quite quickly and doesn't leave any residue behind, just a slight sheen on my skin, but if I do apply too much then it will just sit on my skin and take a while to absorb and feel quite greasy and wet so I always make sure I don't apply too much else it just goes to waste really as I have to wipe the excess off.
When it comes to using it on eczema and itchy skin I find that it works really well as it is gentle, cooling and soothing and it never irritated my skin further or makes my skin feel even more sore. It does sting a little sometimes when I have open wounds from scratching but this feeling subsides after seconds and it is a lot more gentle than a lot of my other moisturisers. It doesn't reduce the itching completely, however it does lessen the itching due to the relief that I feel after applying it and my skin feels a lot better. My doctor advised me to apply it at least three times a day when my eczema is bad but I find that if I apply tin the morning t keeps my skin feeling moisturised and soft all day and I only need to re-apply it again at night so it is definitely a very effective moisturiser.
All in all I highly recommend E45 cream and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
A light and pleasant to use emollient cream, clinically proven to treat and soothe dry, itching and flaking skin conditions / It is recommended for more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and icthyosis / E45 Cream is perfume free, and de