AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream is an occlusive, paraffin free, leave-on emollient with humectant properties for those suffering from Eczema, Psoriasis and other Dry Skin Conditions. Suitable from birth, it is specially formulated with active colloidal oatmeal whose beneficial properties include, protecting and restoring1 the skin barrier, soothing the itch and irritation associated with dry skin conditions, as well as moisturising, buffering and cleansing the skin1.

Drug Tariff Listed and developed with the patient in mind, AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream has inflammation-reducing and anti-pruritic1 properties and is:

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  • Suitable from Birth
  • Soothes, moisturises and protects those suffering from Eczema, Psoriasis and other Dry Skin Conditions
  • Suitable for those patients for whom paraffin containing products are contraindicated and those who do not want to use a paraffin containing emollient
  • Great for smokers and those who require nasal cannulae for oxygen administration
  • An effective soap substitute
  • Up to 19%2 more cost-effective than Aveeno® Cream
  • Provides symptomatic relief for dry, red, inflamed or damaged skin
  • Contains colloidal oatmeal which is proven to restore and protect1 the skin barrier
  • Colloidal oatmeal also has a buffering1 action to help maintain the skin’s normal pH levels
  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Not tested on animals
  • Dermatologically tested

AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream is:

  • Suitable from Birth
  • Free from SLS, parabens, paraffin, benzyl alcohol, fragrances and colours, these excipients are recognised potential irritants and sensitisers as listed by MIMS3 which can be found in many creams. They can aggravate already sensitive skin which is why such excipients are absent from AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream hence it can be considered that the risk of a reaction to a patient will be greatly reduced thus aiding compliance.

An irritant is a substance that causes inflammation to the body in a non-immune way and can affect anyone who comes into contact with sufficient amounts of it for long enough, however those with atopic eczema are more sensitive to irritants. The skin can react straight away (immediate response) or after a period of repeated exposure. Irritants remove moisture (by affecting Natural Moisturising Factor) and oils from the outer skin layer allowing pathogens, irritants and allergens to enter the skin causing inflammation and further damage.

A skin sensitiser is a chemical that will cause an allergic reaction when exposed to the skin and, unlike an irritant, it will only affect those who are allergic to it. The initial exposure will not cause a reaction but continued exposure can and once a person has been sensitised to a product, contact with even a small amount of it will cause a reaction. The two conditions allergic and irritant dermatitis may coexist.

Symptoms typically seen include skin which can be red, swollen, blistered, dry, thickened, intensely itchy and cracked depending on whether the reaction is acute or chronic.

For a list of potential sensitisers found in emollients click here

Product Suitable
from Birth
SLS
Free
Paraffin
Free
Benzyl Alcohol
Free
Parabens
Free
Fragrance
Free
Colour
Free
Pack
Size
Price2
AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick 500ml £5.80
Aveeno® Cream green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick 500ml £7.19
Zeroveen® Cream <1 year
treat under medical
supervision
green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick green_tick 500g £5.89

Table 1: Comparison of AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream against similar brands

  • Up to 19%2 more cost-effective than Aveeno® Cream
  • Paraffin free, so is suitable for those patients in whom paraffin containing products are contraindicated or for those who want to use a paraffin free emollient
  • Great for smokers and those who require nasal cannulae for oxygen administration
  • An effective soap substitute
  • Contains colloidal oatmeal which is proven to restore and protect1 the Skin Barrier
  • Colloidal oatmeal cleanses1 the skin by absorbing dirt and dead skin cells
  • The buffering1 action of colloidal oatmeal helps maintain the skin’s normal pH levels
  • Colloidal oatmeal hydrates the skin through its humectant effect and by forming a protective layer to reduce the rate of transepidermal water loss3
  • Moisturises skin suffering from Eczema, Psoriasis and other Dry Skin Conditions
  • Formulated with active colloidal oatmeal, which has anti-pruritic1 properties thus reducing the patients need to scratch and so preventing further damage to the
    Skin Barrier
  • The inflammation-reducing1 action of the colloidal oatmeal calms redness and itching
  • Available as a 500ml airless pump dispenser – designed to decrease the risk of product contamination and reduce wastage

AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream:

  • Is suitable from Birth
  • Soothes, moisturises and protects those suffering from Eczema, Psoriasis and other Dry Skin Conditions
  • Is paraffin-free and so is suitable for those for whom paraffin containing products are contraindicated and for those who do not want to use a paraffin containing emollient
  • An effective soap substitute
  • Provides symptomatic relief for dry, red, inflamed or damaged skin
  • Can be used by those sensitive to SLS, parabens, halogens, fragrances and colours
  • For those patients in whom benzyl alcohol is not suitable or should be used with caution
  • Particularly effective for dry, itchy skin4

The AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream Range:

Product Pack Size PIP Code Price2
AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream 100ml 401-1763 £2.74
AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream 500ml 401-1771 £5.80

Patient compliance is crucial to successful emollient therapy and studies have shown that educating patients (and parents or carers of children) about the causes of their condition and correct emollient application improves outcomes significantly. In addition to this, NICE Clinical Guideline 57 “Management of atopic eczema in children from birth up to the age of 12 years” also advises that they (patient and parent or carer) be educated by healthcare professionals on quantity and frequency of use of treatments,
flare-ups and their management (using the stepped approach plan) and the recognition and treatment of infections.

Some key points to cover with your patient during consultation are:

  • Information on eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions. View or print Eczema, Psoriasis and other Dry Skin Conditions PDFs for patients.
  • AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream should not be prescribed if the patient has a known allergy or sensitivity to any of the listed ingredients.
  • As with all emollients, before applying AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream for the first time, patients should test it on a small area of skin and leave for 48 hours. If there is no reaction or irritation they can then apply all over the affected area. This limits any potential reaction to a small area.
  • AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream should be applied regularly, liberally and frequently to the affected area, using gentle downward strokes, following the direction of hair growth. It is important to remind patients that they should not rub emollients into the skin as rubbing can cause further irritation and itching (by generating heat) and can also cause folliculitis (as a result of blocking the hair follicles and causing their inflammation).
  • Frequency of application will be determined by severity of the condition and whether more than one emollient is being used. As a general guide it is recommended that AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream is applied as often as required as well as during and after bathing to alleviate the drying effects of bathing.
  • Patients should also be reminded to continue applying AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream once their skin has improved to prevent the risk of flare-ups.
  • Use during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unlikely to have any ill effects when the product is used as directed.

For further information on emollient application visit our How To Apply page. Other useful information for your patients can be found in our printable Tips and Advice section.

AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream contains:

Active Ingredient: Avena Sativa Kernel Flour 1%

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Olive Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Sucrose Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin F Ethyl Ester, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Vitamin E

Storage:

Store below 25°C. Do not refrigerate or freeze.

Please note: Emollients containing paraffin can be easily ignited with a naked flame. If the product comes into contact with dressings and clothes they can be more easily ignited with a naked flame. Remind patients that they should keep away from fire when using these types of emollients. For further information visit the National Patient Safety Agency website

AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream is for external use only, if your patient accidentally swallows some of it they should seek medical advice immediately.

REPORT AN ADVERSE REACTION

Fowler JF, Nebus J, Wallo W, Eichenfield LF. Colloidal oatmeal formulations as adjunct treatments in atopic dermatitis. J Drugs Dermatol. 2012; 11(7):804-807 | Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (DM+d) February 2018 | 3 Mims.co.uk. (2017). Emollients, Potential Skin Sensitisers as Ingredients. [online] Available at: https://www.mims.co.uk/emollients-potential-skin-sensitisers-ingredients/dermatology/article/882437 [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018]. | 4 Michael D. Southall, Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jan;14(1):43-8

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