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Sudocrem is a very popular over-the-counter medication that can be used to treat a number of different conditions such as nappy rash, eczema, cuts and minor burns. It has a thick consistency that is well-known for its antiseptic and moisturising properties.

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Type of drugAntiseptic
Health conditions prescribed forNappy rash, Eczema, Bedsore, Acne, Minor burns, Surface wound, Sunburn, Chilblains
Active Ingredientszinc oxide, lanolin, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate
Brand namesSudocrem
Available strengths30g, 60g, 125g, 400g
Available asCream
Possible side effectsItching, Skin rash, soreness at the site of application

What is Sudocrem?

Sudocrem is an incredibly popular over-the-counter medication that has a number of different applications for a number of different conditions. Originally developed in the 1930s it has developed a reputation for its effectiveness for people of all ages. 

For more information on the medication please refer to the Sudocrem antiseptic healing cream patient information leaflet

Sudocrem works using a combination of active ingredients. It acts as a barrier over the surface of the skin that helps to protect from irritants, moisture and other external factors that can worsen skin conditions. It also has antiseptic properties that create an environment that is less conducive to bacteria and microorganism health. As well as these factors, it also soothes and heals irritated skin. 

Yes, Sudocrem can be used to help treat a number of different skin conditions. It is most commonly used for nappy rash, eczema, and minor cuts and burns that do not require any stronger antiseptic or treatment.

Sudocrem for Acne

Some people also use Sudocrem as a treatment for acne as it can help to reduce inflammation. 

Here is how Sudocrem treats different skin conditions:

  • Nappy rash

Sudocrem is widely used to soothe and protect a baby’s skin from nappy rash. It does so by utilising barrier properties that prevent further irritation and promote healing. 

  • Eczema

When applied to areas affected by eczema, Sudocrem helps to relieve itching, reduce inflammation, and provide a protective barrier for the skin.

  • Minor cuts and burns

Sudocrem helps to soothe and promote healing in minor skin injuries such as cuts and burns by providing a protective layer and preventing infection. 

  • Acne

Some people may use Sudocrem as a treatment for acne due to its antiseptic qualities. It helps to reduce inflammation and promote the healing of acne breakouts.

To use Sudocrem effectively you should ensure to read the instructions included with the product. Alternatively, you can follow these instructions that provide a guideline for Sudocrem use.

  1. Clean and dry the affected areas with mild soap and water, patting dry with a clean towel.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Sudocrem to the affected area using the tips of your fingers. A thin layer is sufficient.
  3. Using the tips of your fingers, gently massage and blend the Sudocrem into the affected area of the skin until it is absorbed.
  4. Reapply as and when it is necessary.
  5. Wash your hands using antibacterial soap and water.

Sudocrem has gained a reputation for being a highly effective product for the management and prevention of a number of different skin conditions. Its overall effectiveness can vary depending on a number of factors such as the specific condition it is treating and whether it is being used correctly. 

The time it takes for Sudocrem to work will vary depending on the specific condition it is being used to treat and the severity of the condition. Here are some general guidelines for how long it takes Sudocrem to work for different conditions:

  • Nappy rash

Sudocrem typically provides noticeable relief from nappy rash after a few hours of application.

  • Eczema

Sudocrem’s soothing properties can provide immediate relief from eczema, however, it may take a few days of consistent application before people see noticeable improvements.

  • Minor cuts and burns

Sudocrem helps to soothe and protect minor cuts and burns immediately. The time of healing will vary depending on the injury, however, Sudocrem will help to promote the healing process by forming a protective barrier. 

  • Acne

The effectiveness of Sudocrem as an acne treatment will vary from person to person. Some people will notice an improvement in blemishes within a few days of consistent use.

Yes, Sudocrem is generally considered to be safe to use every day. It is important that you should follow all of the necessary precautions and read all of the relevant information that comes with the medication if you plan on using Sudocrem consistently. 

There is no real ‘correct’ dosage of Sudocrem. You should apply a small amount to the affected area to form a thin layer. At UK Meds, you can purchase different package sizes of Sudocrem including 30g, 60g, 125g and 400g. 

There is no set amount of Sudocrem that you should use. You should be using enough to create a thin layer of Sudocrem to the affected area, which will vary depending on the size of the area.

As a topical medication, Sudocrem has minimal interactions with other medications you may be taking. Its ingredients are primarily intended for local use on the skin, and systemic absorption is generally limited. 

There are a number of alternative skin care treatments that are available to purchase online from UK Meds including Cetraben cream, Bio-Oil and Aveeno cream.

Sudocrem is generally well-tolerated and side effects are rare. In some cases, however, individuals may experience some side effects or skin reactions. The most common of these include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Excessive skin dryness

Whilst Sudocrem cream is considered to be safe to use, there are a number of precautions and warnings that you need to be aware of:

Dangers of Sudocrem

  1. You must not use this product under any circumstances if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
  2. You must also ensure that it is not applied inside of the eyes, nose or mouth as it is for external use only.
  3. After you have applied the cream it is important that you do not smoke or go near naked flames as fabric that has been in contact with the cream can be a fire hazard. Washing the fabric may help reduce build-up, however, it will not totally remove it first-time.
  4. The product contains sodium benzoate which can cause irritation or increase jaundice in newborns up to the age of 4 weeks.
  5. Whilst Sudocrem has healing properties for minor cuts, burns and irritations, it should not be used as a sole treatment for medical care.

Whilst the risks of using Sudocrem are relatively minor, it is important to read the information that is provided with the product to ensure that you understand the warnings associated with the treatment. 

It is generally considered to be safe to use Sudocrem when you are pregnant. It is a topical treatment that has minimal systemic absorption which makes it unlikely to pose any significant risks to the developing baby. 

Yes, you can drink alcohol when you are using Sudocrem as there is no interaction between the cream and any alcohol consumed. 

Here are some reviews from real users of Sudocrem.

‘I apply this cream on my kids when they have rash on their skin. It works so well and gives good protection to the skin. It comes in different sizes so it's easy to carry when we go out.’

‘This product is a staple in our home. I have my wife who uses this on our baby and she swears by this! The nappy rashes are a part of our journey and this has helped us!’

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You can purchase Sudocrem online from UK Meds, delivered straight to your door to your medicine cupboard.


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Scott Weaver

Medical Content Writer • Bachelor of Arts Degree

Scott is an experienced, skilled content writer dedicated to creating helpful and accessible medical content for UK Meds.

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