Susan likes to seek out alternatives to using conventional drugs whenever practical.
Always Have Sudocrem Handy
Invented in 1932 in Dublin by professional pharmacist Thomson Smith, Sudocrem is probably best known as a diaper or nappy rash cream. It soothes and heals a baby’s skin while, and at the same time, creates a moisture-resistant barrier between urine or feaces and the baby's bottom. Mothers around the world have at least one pot in their homes at any given time, but there are lots of other uses for this wonder cream.
I have had a tub of this handy cream in my bathroom since I was given one as a new mother 27 years ago. I use mine as a spot healer, a sweat rash treatment, on my dog's sore armpits and as a burn soother when I get caught on the oven (as I seem to very often!). As it is inexpensive and easy to get hold of, why not try it? These are some of my suggestions:
Seven Different Uses for Sudocrem
- Sudocrem can be used as a spot, pimple or acne treatment. Use a dab of this antiseptic cream on cleansed spots and blemishes on any part of the body and the healing process is really sped up. It is best used overnight. Any redness is usually drastically reduced by the following morning, and the spots are less visible after one simple treatment. I have used this myself many times, and so have my grown-up children.
- Use as a once-a-week face mask. Apply a really thin layer of Sudocrem over a freshly cleansed face before going to bed. In the morning, your face will feel soft and the antibacterial ingredients will protect it.
- Sudocrem can be used to treat groin itch, sweat rash and heat rash. This works quickly and effectively. We have all used this at one time or another in my family. Apply a generous layer of Sudocrem over the upper groin, between thighs, or anywhere that jock itch develops.
The area should be washed thoroughly first to remove sweat and salt, then dry the skin and cover the whole sore area with the cream. The thickness protects the skin from further irritation while the antiseptic works to heal. The improvement can be seen in hours, and the itching is reduced immediately.
It can also be used on healthy skin to protect against jock itch and sweat rash developing. How to cure jock itch or jock rash is one of the most often asked questions on the internet, and it really is simple with Sudocrem. Make it part of your routine to shower. Dry and spread an even layer of Sudocrem on the area each night, and everything will feel much better in the morning.
- Use it on pets. Sudocrem can be used on dogs, horses and cats, but they must NOT ingest it, so make sure they don't lick it straight off. It is good if they have small cuts or scrapes, and also if they have overactive yeast build up or chaffed skin in their arm pits and folds of skin. It heals the area, it stops itching and also can create a barrier against rubbing.
- Sudacrem heals sunburn and other minor burns. This cream is good at soothing light burns when the skin hasn't been broken. Gently apply a thin layer over the affected area. It works well if you have a small burn from the oven or iron at home. If the skin blisters or is open, then this is not the right treatment however.
- After shaving. Sudocrem can help reduce shaving rash especially on a lady’s bikini area, with a generous layer on clean skin. It works well in armpits as well.
- As a concealer under make-up. Apply a thin layer on blemishes or spots before applying your usual make-up. The white colour of Sudocrem fades the appearance of the blemish while the antiseptic continues to work on healing where needed.
If you have a look at the reviews for this product, most people talk about it as though it is a miracle cream. It is very inexpensive and can be kept for a very long time in the cabinet. My advice would be to buy the smaller pot because a little goes a long way and you can carry it with you. I have it at home at all times and I always pack it to take on holidays. For something so small it can be very useful.
Old-fashioned diaper cream will work as well as long as it has anti-septic and barrier qualities. As it is usually inexpensive to buy and really easy to locate, give the nearest alternative a try.
Make Sure the Skin is Clean and Dry
With all of these treatments, it is key to make sure the skin is clean and thoroughly dried before applying every time. As a baby product, it is gentle for most people but there will be some who are sensitive to the ingredients and so should stop using it immediately if it causes discomfort.
Ingredients in Sudocrem
Taken straight off the back of a 125g pot -Zinc Oxide PH, EUR. 15.25%, Benzyl Alcohol BP 0.39%, Benzyl Benzoate B.P., 1.01%, Benzyl Cinnamate 0.15%, Lanolin (Hypo-Allergenic) 4%, Liquid Paraffin, Paraffin Wax, Beeswax, Microcrystalline wax, Sodium Benzoate, Linalyl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Sodium Sesquioleate, Lavender fragrance.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2015 Susan Hambidge
Susan Hambidge (author) from Kent, England on May 01, 2015:
In the UK, you get a trial pot free when you have a baby - most new mums get a little goody bag in hospital which has discount coupons, samples etc from big manufacturers. And almost everyone loves Sudocrem and then goes on to buy more and more. I did notice Sudocrem being recommended on many US acne forums and US Amazon sell it for about 6 dollars. It is good stuff!
FlourishAnyway from USA on May 01, 2015:
Although I've never heard of this product, it seems to be very versatile, especially since you can use it on pets, too!