About aqueous cream and eczema
Aqueous cream is no longer recommended either as a leave-on emollient or as a soap substitute. In addition to being a poor moisturiser it contains the ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which can irritate the skin and make eczema worse. Several emollients have been reformulated in recent years to remove SLS. Apart from aqueous cream and emulsifying ointment, no emollients available on prescription in the UK still contain it.
Here are some links to further information on aqueous cream and eczema:
- Use of emollients in dry-skin conditions: consensus statement. Moncrieff, Cork, Lawton, Kokiet, Daly, Clark. 2013
- Aqueous cream damages the skin barrier. Cork, Danby. 2011
- The effect of aqueous cream BP on the skin barrier in volunteers with a previous history of atopic dermatitis. Danby, Al-Enezi, Sultan, Chittock, Kennedy, Cork. 2011
Government safety advice
SLS is used as a skin irritant in patch testing, and is therefore an ingredient that should never be included in an emollient formulationUse of emollients in dry-skin conditions: consensus statement