Aqueous Cream BP Review
This review I am writing today is from my mother’s side. She has a skin condition which makes her skin dry and dark, patchy and red. It is some allergic reaction she got sometimes during her 30s from a hair dye. Since then, she has had really troubled skin and rashes and problems. This is nothing new to her as similar kind of allergy runs in my family. Both my masi’s suffer from it too. They all use this cream in their daily routine and this helps them a bit. This was recommended by a dermatologist in London to my eldest masi. She has been using it for over 10 years and my mother for over 5. I have used a bit of this too, but I will state my opinion about this cream in the cons section.
Aqueous Cream BP is a light, paraffin-based emulsion which is officially registered in the British Pharmacopoeia and categorized by the British National Formulary as a non-proprietary emollient preparation.It is used as a topical, external medicine, emollient moisturiser and general-purpose substitute for toiletries such as soap, shower gel, shaving cream and lip salve.
White soft paraffin.
Emulsifying wax containing sodium laurylsulphate.
It is commonly prescribed in the United Kingdom for conditions such as eczema, aquagenic pruritus or atopic dermatitis. Whilst undergoing radiotherapy, the patients are advised to use aqueous cream as part of a skin care regime to remedy the erythema, which is caused by such treatment.
Aqueous creams are safe for people of all ages and are easily absorbed into the skin. The cream does not contain alkali ingredients, so it is beneficial for those who are allergic to regular soaps and detergents. It can be used by pregnant and lactating women as well. Before using the cream, a person should consult with her physician if she is allergic to some of the ingredients.
Price: 4.95 pounds.
Frequency of Usage: Everyday as a moisturizer and face wash.
Pros of Aqueous Cream:
• Reading about aqueous cream online, it really has been a savior for some people with eczema, they have used it as a moisturizer, soap and for shaving as well.
• Pocket friendly. The tub you get for that price lasts well over 2 months used everyday.
• Very little quantity is needed as the cream is really thick.
• This would be great for dry skin.
• It is very thick moisturizer yet a little runny in consistency.
• As soon as you apply it on the skin, you would be relieved of the rashes and itch.
Cons of Aqueous Cream:
• Even though it has been prescribed by dermatologists in UK a lot, I still have a firm negative opinion about this cream.
• My mother and masi’s have been using it, but from what I read this cream contains detergent.
• I hate it. I applied it on my oily skin. It broke me out.
• I do not have sensitive skin, yet this broke me out and stung on my face.
• I felt my pores were clogged and this was soo so thick.
• The only way I have used aqueous cream well till date is as a shaving cream for my legs.
• Long term use of this cream has found to have aggravated the dry skin condition over time.
Stay off! If your derma prescribes this, get it changed.