Aqueous cream: contains sodium lauryl sulfate which may cause skin reactions, particularly in children with eczema

Aqueous cream is used as an emollient (moisturiser) and wash-off soap substitute to treat the symptoms of dry-skin conditions such as eczema.

A review has found that aqueous cream may cause skin reactions and irritation in some people, especially when used as a moisturiser in children with atopic eczema. These skin reactions may be due to an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate, or other ingredients such as preservatives.

The following Public Assessment Report summarises the results of the review, and the conclusions and recommendations for health professionals and patients.

This report presents the evidence that was available when the regulatory decision was made, showing a ‘snapshot’ of the clinical landscape at the time. However, any advice in this report remains current unless it is superseded by a more recent report (where relevant, this is indicated).

Page last modified: 11 February 2016