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Eucerin

Roughness Relief Spot Treatment

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 7.99
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Eucerin’s Roughness Relief Spot Treatment is an intriguing product with a lot of merits, but it’s not completely quibble-free.

This fragrance-free cream is packaged in a sleek, slim tube with a needle-nose applicator, meant for applying to targeted areas of the body as the name implies. The hydrating formula isn’t heavy or greasy-feeling, and it sinks into skin quickly. Once absorbed, you’ll notice a demi-matte finish that doesn’t transfer onto clothing (or sheets, if you’re putting this on before bedtime).

No question this contains ingredients that will help alleviate skin redness and roughness. Among them are urea (present in what we suspect is a 10% concentration), which works to smooth skin and can be a mild exfoliant in this amount.

Emollient sunflower seed oil is in the mix, along with skin-soothing and skin-replenishing ingredients including a ceramide, cholesterol, and four amino acids. All of these ingredients are great for dry, compromised skin.

The only issue we have with this formula is that the lactic acid included is much higher than the optimal pH (between 3 and 4) to exfoliate skin. Its presence is skin-soothing, and you can get some exfoliating benefits from the urea (as mentioned), but you’re not getting quite the powerhouse exfoliation abilities that lactic acid (or its also-present salt form, sodium lactate) can have at a lower pH.

Still, this is a thoughtfully-made cream for areas of intense, scaly dryness.

Pros:
  • Sinks into skin quickly without a heavy or greasy feel.
  • Urea can smooth skin and act as a hydrating exfoliant.
  • Contains numerous skin-soothing and skin-replenishing ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • The lactic acid isn’t formulated at the optimal pH for exfoliation to occur.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This unique-triple action treatment hydrates, exfoliates, and smoothes skin. The concentrated, yet gentle formula contains Urea and intensively hydrates and helps exfoliate and smooth extremely dry, scaly spots. Roughness Relief Spot Treatment absorbs quickly and is fragrance and dye free.

Water, Urea, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Decyl Oleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Arginine HCL, Ceramide NP, Lactic Acid, Sodium PCA, Glycine, Carnitine, Alanine, Cholesterol, Tocopherol, Carrageenan, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride.

Eucerin At-A-Glance

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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