Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo is a very good, exceptionally gentle cleanser that is well-suited for the delicate skin of babies (and adults with sensitive skin). The fragrance-free formula contains a gentle detergent cleansing agent as its main ingredient, followed by cleansing agents that do a more thorough job of cleansing without causing significant disruption of skin's barrier function.
Note: This product was previously named Aquaphor Gentle Wash for Baby.
Soap, water and detergents can dry or even irritate your baby's delicate skin. Aquaphor Gentle Wash is a soap-free formula that helps prevent the drying effects of cleansing. Clinically proven mild for sensitive skin. It's even appropriate for the dry skin associated with atopic dermatitis.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.
Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.
This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.
There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.
A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.
For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.
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