Sudocrem is a medicated diaper rash cream, popular in countries like the United Kingdom and Ireland but not sold in the United States. Its key ingredients include zinc oxide, lanolin, and benzyl alcohol.
The main use of Sudocrem is for the treatment of babies’ diaper rash. But research has shown it may help treat other conditions. Here, we’ll look at different ways people use Sudocrem and whether it’s effective. Sudocrem is thought by many to be effective in the treatment of acne spots because of the zinc oxide and benzyl alcohol it contains.
Sudocrem consists of the following ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Lanolin, Purified Water, Liquid Paraffin (Heavy), Paraffin Wax, Micro Crystalline Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Propylene Glycol, Antioxidant (citric acid, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA).
How Sudocrem works
Zinc is an important nutrient your body needs to fight infection and inflammation. While zinc is great to consume in foods that you eat, there is no evidence that topical zinc will reduce the inflammation associated with any type of acne.
A 2014 review showed topical anti-acne creams were more effective if they contained zinc. The nutrient was found to be either equal or superior to erythromycin, tetracycline, or clindamycin when used alone in reducing the severity of acne. However, acne was not controlled by topical zinc alone.
Benzyl alcohol may have a drying effect on cystic acne and may also help to dull pain associated with breakouts. Yet there’s no evidence it’s an effective acne treatment.
- Ensure the affected area is clean and dry
- Clean and dry hands and place a tiny amount of Sudocrem on your finger
- Massage the cream into the skin using a soft, circular motion
- Aim to create a thin, translucent layer on the skin.
Benefits and Features:
– Calms and Soothes Skin
– Reduces Inflammation and Infection
– Reduces Discomfort and Pain
– Helps with Nappy Rash, Eczema, and Surface Wounds
– Forms a Protective Layer on the Skin
– Suitable for Sunburn, Acne, Chilblains, and Minor Burns
How much Sudocrem should I put on?
Less is more and with Sudocrem, a little goes a long way! Only apply a small amount in a thin layer and massage in small circular movements until the Sudocrem has disappeared leaving a translucent film. If the area looks white afterward, put a little less next time.
What Are The Dangers Associated With Using Sudocrem?
Sudocrem contains beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) which is an endocrine disruptor and studies have linked it to be a human carcinogen. This means BHA may expose humans to benign and malignant tumors. Other studies have exposed this chemical as an endocrine disruptor and a collaborator to the underdevelopment of the reproductive system.
In addition, it also contains fragrance which often includes parabens and phthalates (so more endocrine disruptors!) Sudocrem also has petrochemicals and propylene glycol which preferably would not be there. Potential side effects of Sudocrem include itching and burning at the site where it’s applied. This may happen if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in Sudocrem.
Are there any products I should avoid using on my baby if I’m also using Sudocrem to treat a nappy rash?
There are no known interactions with any other products.