Bepanthen is an antiseptic cream created by Bayer AG that is designed to cure minor skin irritations, such as diaper rash and nursing mothers' chafed nipples. An effective remedy for dryness and scaling skin, it is also used for a variety of other purposes, such as tattoo aftercare and as a general moisturizer.
Bepanthen cream forms a thin, long-lasting barrier that protects a baby's delicate skin from the irritants and rubbing that an infant encounters while wearing diapers. The cream helps damaged skin repair itself and also acts as an extremely mild moisturizer that can be used daily on sensitive skin.
Of Bepanthen's three main ingredients, the most crucial to curing rashes is vitamin B5. When this vitamin comes in contact with skin, it is converted to pantothenic acid, which aids in cellular metabolism. Vitamin B5 can be found in most shampoos and moisturizing skin-care products.
The second main ingredient in Bepanthen is benzalkonium chloride, a fast-acting disinfectant that targets several types of common bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and yeasts. Soap will render benzalkonium chloride unable to properly disinfect the skin, which is why directions for application include thoroughly rinsing the infected area.
Almond oil is Bepanthen's final main ingredient. Almond oil acts as a skin lubricant and emollient—in other words, it softens and soothes the skin.
Since Bepanthen is an extremely thick cream, it can block skin pores and result in pimples if applied too often or in overly generous amounts. It is generally not used on the face. Always seek medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist for serious skin irritations.
Simillar Product, Different Use
Bepanthen First Aid Cream, also made by Bayer AG, should not be confused with Bepanthen. Bepanthen First Aid Cream is an antiseptic made for adults and children that treats infection in minor cuts, burns and insect bites. It should not be used for general skin problems.