As you all know I have sensitive, combination, acne prone skin with mild eczema flare-ups from time to time. So it’s time I share my best-kept skin secret…Sudocrem!
Sudocrem is an over-the-counter antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and anesthetic healing cream mainly used for nappy rash (or “diaper sores”). Since it contains a water-repellent base, Sudocrem is highly effective for a babies irritated bottom!
However, did you know Sudocrem is an ideal treatment for eczema and acne? At $5 Canadian (Amazon and Walmart) it is one of the cheapest eczema and acne treatments on the market. After it has fully absorbed, it makes skin very soft and smooth. It’s a VERY thick cream, so it takes a while to absorb completely.
Sudocrem contains ingredients, such as zinc oxide (astringent, soothing and protective, highly ideal for acne), beeswax (protective barrier, moisture-locking, to lock in moisture), lanolin (emollient, great for dry/eczema skin), benzyl alcohol (mild anesthetic, disinfectant, to protect skin from bacterial contaminants) and benzyl cinnamate (antibacterial, antifungal, this provides extra protection against bacteria, and heals skin).
For eczema, if you apply a thin layer as needed (I do up to twice a day) on to the affected area, you will notice improvement typically within a week. For acne, I tend to use it at night and apply a thinker layer directly to the spot. It will dry out and look much better within a few days. I have also done full face masks (thicker layer all over my face) 2-3 times a week if I am having just a really off week with my skin. Be warned you will need to launder your pillowcases if it transfers, but I personally have never had an issue with staining.
If you have acne, eczema or oily skin it is recommended to wash your pillow cases at least once a week, with 2-3 being ideal. I know this sounds excessive, but it will make a difference as the dirt and oil from your pores will not be transferred back on to your skin the next night. I personally bought a bunch of pillowcases on clearance ($2-$4 per set) and I just rotate through them.
Now that you know about sudocrem will you give it a chance?
What are your skincare secrets? Please share below!