I love beautiful bottles, pretty fragrances and lovely lotions but I have come to realise that my very sensitive skin doesn’t always like them as much. While I have mostly grown out of the chronic eczema I had as a child, every so often, a patch will flare up unexpectedly – and strangely, usually on my hands which is the one place I never had it as a child. The Cape Town winters certainly don’t help matters with the cold temperatures dropping the humidity and heaters drying out your skin even more. Certain hand creams will irritate my skin (although I can’t pinpoint what it is that causes the irritation) and too much hand washing and hand sanitizer is a definite recipe for disaster. Anyone who has eczema will understand the frustration of trying to keep your hands moisturised and prevent them from cracking when you constantly using them – especially with a baby when wet wipes and hand santizer are always within my reach. With Oliver having spent 10 days in NICU after he was born, my hands took a proper beating and they still haven’t had a chance to recover so I’ve tried to avoid hand creams and moisturisers and stick to using Epy Derm while my skin settles down. Given my history, I didn’t want to take any chances with Oliver and so our paediatrician recommended we use Epy Derm for bathing and moisturising so I’ve used this range on him from the get go.
Who are Epy Derm Pharmeceuticals?
Epy Derm Pharmaceuticals is a range of emollient products suitable for treating skin conditions such a dry, itchy skin, eczema and psoriasis. Due to it’s gentle formulation, Epy Derm products are suitable for the whole family and are an excellent cost effective moisturiser. Epy Derm products contain Cetomacrogol which is a base for keeping creams stable and allows steroids, when added to the cream or ointment to remain active as long as there is product in the container. This means that doctors scripting the product are able to add ingredients such as cortisone to the cream for more extreme cases or to boost the treatment. Epy Derm products are also approved by the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) – you can read more about them here but products marked with the AFSA seal of approval have been scientifically tested to prove their efficiency in reducing or removing allergens from the environment or the products have significantly reduced allergen or chemical content. Epy Derm is also a 100% cruelty free product and contains no animal products.
As a child, I bathed and moisturised with aqueous cream but more recently, studies have shown that the ingredients in some aqueous creams can actually do more damage to the skin’s natural barrier when used as a moisturiser. Aqueous cream contains petroleum jelly which does not allow the skin to breathe and sits on the skin giving it the illusion of hydration, rather than being absorbed. Another ingredient is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), an inexpensive but harsh detergent and well-known skin irritant that when used in products that aren’t washed off, cause more skin sensitivity and reactions. Epy Derm is a water-based emollient that contains natural ingredients which provide hydration from within and do no irritate the skin. Dermatolgists, paediatricians, GP’s and podiatrists all recommend and script Epy Derm.
There are twelve products in the Epy Derm range, including a vet shampoo for dogs (I use this on Wellington and it’s excellent for dry, itchy skin and leaves his coat silky smooth)
Epy Derm G: This product contains 10% Glycerine and is the product I use the most for both Oliver and I. The Glycerine is an extra insensive moisturiser and is excellent for babies and children, especially in summer when they are spending a lot of time out doors and in swimming pools. I use this as a moisturiser on my hands when they flare up and find this works the best for healing my dry, cracked hands. I moisturise Oliver with this every evening after his bath and his skin has always been lovely and soft. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy. The Epy Derm G retails for approximately R58 to R65 for a 500ml tub.
Epy Derm C/Hand and Body Lotion: I keep a bottle of the Hand and Body lotion in my kitchen for moisturising on the go and bathed Oliver with it for the first few months. This is a great all purpose product to use for bathing and moisturising. The lotion comes in a handy plunge bottle and is a slightly thinner consistency than the tub and can also be used as a face cream. Epy Derm C retails for about R47 for a 500ml tub, R40 for the 100ml tube and R45 for the pump dispenser.
Epy Derm O: Epy Derm O is an ointment cream and it a really thick, almost waxy product but an intensive moisturiser. It’s a great product to use for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. A few months ago I started bathing Oliver with this instead of the Hand and Body Lotion as he had small flare up of eczema and since then he has had no problems with flare ups. As it is quite a thick product, you can mix it with a bit of water to make it easier to apply and I usually put it on Oliver before I put him in the bath. Make sure you have a non-slip mat in the bath or you using a baby bath as they get rather slippery! Epy Derm O retails for between R66 and R70 for a 500ml tub and it will last you a really long time as a little goes a long way with this product.
Epy Bath and Shower Milk: Back when we were still able to bath in Cape Town, I loved adding this milk to my bath. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and silky smooth and is specially formulated for adults and children with skin conditions so it does not irritate the skin or dry it out like a bubble bath. My skin is so soft after using this that I never needed to apply moisturiser afterwards (unless I wanted to of course) When I remember, I add some of this to Oliver’s bath water for some extra silkiness! It’s also great to use in the shower as a wash instead of soap and it has a very small spout which makes it easy to apply. Epy Bath and Shower Milk retails for between R58 and R65 for a 400ml bottle.
The other products available in the Epy Derm range are Epy Derm PST Shampoo for itchy scalp and dandruff, Epy Derm B Cream for adults and babies for the treatment of very dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and cradle cap, Epy Derm U Cream which contains 10% urea (not recommended for children under the age of 12), and Epy Derm PST Scalp Psoriasis Treatment Kit which contains a 100ml shampoo and 150ml cream to assist in controlling scalp psoriasis.
Epy Derm products are available from pharmacies nationally as well as Clicks and Dischem. Visit their website, www.epyderm.co.za for a full list of suppliers and distributors.
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This post is written in collaboration with Epy Derm Pharmaceuticals.