Fun Facts:

In 1990, Dr. Lifschutz developed a patent using an extremely smooth ointment he called Eucerin as a vehicle for a stable emulsion.

The first Eucerin products became available in Germany in 1911: loose powder for treating wounds, iodine ointment, and soap.

The pH5 Eucerin Ointment, introduced in 1950, was the first product which guaranteed preservation and restoration of the acid protection skin layer. It was initially recommended by doctors for the treatment of skin diseases and eventually moved into more mainstream uses when it was observed that the product ould heal chapped hands.

As more products (ie. washing lotion, syndet, and cream) were launched in the early 80s, the brand became known as a specialist for medical skin care.

When the first products made with urea (a natural moisturizing factor) were launched in 1993, they were called Laceran to differentiate from pH5 Eucerin.

Company News/Recent Launches:

In 2005, the Anti-Redness line was launched to provide dermocosmetic products that provide immediate and long-term relief to skin prone to redness, diffuse flushing, and visible capillaries.

Eucerin launched the innovative anti-aging range called DermoDENSIFYER, which renews and redensifies without chemical peeling.

Eucerin's new line of sun protection products uses a 3-dimensional system encompassing both UVA and UVB defense, as well as a patent-pending, skin-strengthening ingredient called Licochalcone.

Key Ingredients:

Licochalcone- from the roots of the liquorice plant, this ingredient penetrates into the deeper skin layer to protect the skin's cells against free radicals induced by sun radiation.

Urea- natural moisturizing factor

Cetyl alcohol and lanolin alcohol- emulsifying agents with moisturizing properties.

TIA's Take:

Ingredients lists for all Eucerin and Aquaphor products can only be found on the packaging or third-party websites. The fragrance-free and anti-redness products typically contain more irritants than anti-inflmmatories. It is difficult to find a single formula that is truly suitable for sensitive skin. For treating extremely dry and chapped skin, a number of Eucerin moisturizers (especially in the Aquaphor range) are beneficial for their use of urea and glycerin, as well as the more controversial components petrolatum and mineral oil. Even though Dr. Wechsler recommends Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion, nearly a third of the ingredients in this moistuzer are potentially harmful. PEGs, parabens, and phenoxyethanol are common across all of Eucerin's emollient products. The only products clinically shown to be safe for children are Eucerin Original Creme and Lotion, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, and Aquaphor Gentle Wash. Overall, Eucerin is a moderate-quality drugstore brand at a reasonable price point.