Baby skin care product advice

I have frequently talked about baby products. And about the fact that, as a brand new mum (or dad), you need to be self-disciplined and not succumb to stacking up purple, yellow and blue bottles and pots. I am still convinced that all those highly perfumed and irritating baby products play an important role in the increase of skin problem instances in young children. Because it may seem strange but it’s true: more than 67 percent of children up to the age of 1 year, and around two thirds (77 percent) of children aged five and under experience skin problems. Furthermore, twenty percent of newly born children develop eczema within six months (Arch Dis Child, 2006).

Baby skin – 5 x thinner

We need to be careful with our skin, but even more so with our children’s skin. Did you know that a baby’s skin is five times thinner than that of an adult? Because of this baby skin not only becomes irritated more quickly; potentially damaging substances can also pass into the body more easily. If you take into consideration that the skin surface of a baby is comparatively greater in relation to its body than in adults, you will realise how important it is to check the contents of those cute bottles. Don’t worry if in the past you have been less particular about what you have put on. Ingredients which are under discussion are, however, perhaps better avoided in the future. Just to be on the safe side!

Baby care and talcum powder…

Just one last and important tip: avoid talcum powder! This product is traditionally used when changing the nappy. Fortunately it is rare, but if talcum powder is accidentally inhaled by your baby, it can have serious, sometimes even fatal consequences. The Italian Journal of Paediatrics has recently dedicated an article to this with a renewed warning about the use of talcum powder.

Suitable for babies?

I know from experience that it isn’t easy finding suitable baby products. Because as a new parent you have better things to do with your spare time (for instance, sleep), I have put together a list of fine products below.

And I am already going to let you into a secret… Baby products contain no other ingredients than skincare products for adults. Therefore, my advice also contains a mixture of products which are labelled for adults and babies.

PRODUCT ADVICE

BOTTOM – AND FACE WIPES

I once read that you change, on average, 7300 nappies per child. Seven thousand three hundred nappies! Think how many bottom wipes you will get through. And there lies the problem: the cumulative exposure. Or the sum total of years of, often several times a day, using wipes for cleaning the delicate skin on your child’s face and bottom. If your child has nappy rash then the skin is even more sensitive to potentially harmful substances.

But also watch out for the so-called ‘all-natural’ wipes. Because no (or too little) preservatives is not good either. Last year the baby wipes by Jessica Alba (Honest Company) came under the spotlight when all of her baby wipes had to be re-called because they contained mould…

All of the bottom wipes mentioned below can also be used for your child’s hands and face, for instance after eating.

Hand & Baby wipes, fragrance free by Babyganics Face Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Unscented

  • Ingredients:
    Water, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Vegetable Oil, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, polyglyceryl-2-Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vacinnium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil,Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry)Seed Oil

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Polyester, Viscose & Polypropylene (Liaoning Province, China), Purified Water (Mooresville, IN), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Melbourne, FL), Tocopheryl Acetate (Zhejiang Province, China), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (University Park, IL), Polysorbate 20 (Gurnee, IL), Citric Acid (Tienen, Belgium or Southport, NC), Disodium Phosphate (Augusta, GA or Lawrence, KS), Disodium EDTA (Ludwigshafen, Germany or Freeport, TX), Phenoxyethanol (Freeport, TX), Sodium Benzoate (Kalama, WA).

    (Last updated November 2017)

Huggies Natural Care Wipes (Unscented) Natural Wipes by Jackson Reece

  • Ingredients:
    Water, Butoxy PEG-4 PG-Amodimethicone, Coco-Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Malic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betaine, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate

    (Last updated November 2017)

Sensitive Wipes by Pampers Baby Dove Fragrance-Free Sensitive Moisture Baby Wipes

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua, Citric Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentadecalactone, Dipropylene Glycol

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Water (aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Propylene Glycol

    (Last updated November 2017)

Sensitive wipes – unscented by Naty ATTITUDE Fragrance-Free Eco-Baby Wipes

  • Ingredients
    Aqua, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Propanediol, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Maltodextrin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calcium Gluconate, Citric Acid

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua/water/eau, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, glycerin, sodium cocoamphoacetate, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, citric acid.

    (Last updated November 2017)

BOTTOM OINTMENT

Nappy rash occurs due to the skin being exposed to irritating chemicals in the urine and faeces. Acidity, the skin’s moisture balance and bacteria also have an effect. At least fifty percent of children are at some time affected by this. Naturally, prevention is better than cure. But if nappy rash occurs, then the best way to treat it is with an ointment containing zinc oxide. This ensures that no more moisture or irritating substances come into contact with the skin and also halts the inflammation process.

As well as this, make sure that you change the nappy in time and dab the skin thoroughly dry after cleaning, especially in the skin folds. I always kept a hairdryer close at hand to dry off everything thoroughly. It works wonders.

Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Paste Cetaphil Baby Diaper Cream

  • Ingredients:
    Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 40%

    Inactive Ingredients: Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Magnesium Stearate, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Water.

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Water, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glycerin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Panthenol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Heliotropine, Beeswax, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Stearate, Tocopherol

    (Last updated November 2017)

Fougera Zinc Oxide Ointment Dynarex Zinc Oxide Skin Protectant Ointment

  • Ingredients:
    Zinc oxide 20%, Mineral oil, white petrolatum, white wax.

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Zinc oxide 20% + cetostearyl alcohol, cetamacrogol 1000, light liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin

    (Last updated November 2017)

Honest Diaper Rash Cream Desitin Rapid Relief Creamy Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream

  • Ingredients:
    Zinc Oxide 14% Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO†), Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Tropolone, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

    (Last updated November 2017)

Balmex Complete Protection Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream

  • Ingredients
    Zinc Oxide 11.3%. Inactive ingredients: Beeswax, benzoic acid, dimethicone, glycine soja, (soybean oil), magnesium aspartate, methylparaben, microcrystalline wax, mineral oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) see extract, olea europea (olive) leaf extract, panthenol, potassium aspartate, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, propylene glycol, propylparaben, sarcosine, sodium cocoyl amino acids, sorbitan sesquioleate, synthetic beeswax, tocopherol, water

    (Last updated November 2017)

 

SHAMPOO AND SHOWER GEL

Although some dermatologists say that it is best to wash with plain water, research has shown that using a mild liquid cleanser is no worse than washing with just water. So if your child is very dirty then it is fine to use a mild cleanser. If your child is not dirty then plain water is also fine. I would just say alternate between the two.

Restoraderm Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil Lipikar Syndet AP+ by La Roche Posay

  • Ingredients:
    Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 40%

    Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide Mea, Allantoin, Arginine, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Pca, Tocopheryl Acetate.

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Disodium cocamphodiacetate, Coco-betaine, Peg-7 Glyceryl cocate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth sulfate, Glycol distearate, Sodium glycolate, Acrylates copolymer, Citric acid, Niacinamide, Peg-55 propylene glycol oleate, Peg-75 shea butter glycerides, Polyquaternium-7, Pgg-5-ceteth-20, Propylene glycol, Sodium benzoate, Sodium hydroxide

    (Last updated November 2017)

Baby Dove Tip to Toe Wash, Sensitive Moisture Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash For Dry Sensitive skin

  • Ingredients:
    Water (aqua), Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyacrylate-33, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauric Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Peg80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Sodium Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Mineral Oil, Polyquaternium7, Tetrasodium Edta, Peg45m, Benzaldehyde. May Also Contain Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

    (Last updated November 2017)

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Naty Eco-sensitive Wash

  • Ingredients:
    Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, glycerin, sodium coco sulfate, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, citric acid

    (Last updated November 2017)

TruKid Eczema Soothing Face and Body Wash, Unscented Boo Bamboo Baby Wash and Shampoo – Unscented

  • Ingredients:
    Purified water, sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut), oleyl betaine (palm), aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera), extracts of calendula, chamomile, lavender, decyl glucoside (plant), borage oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), citric acid, sodium benzoate (salt of benzoic acid), potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin (plant).

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocomidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Citrate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Citrate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate.

    (Last updated November 2017)

 

OIL / CREAM / LOTION

If you have dry skin make sure that after a bath/shower you always moisturise straight away. You can use one of the products below if necessary on the dry areas.

 

Repair Cream by Dr. Jetske Ultee Calendula Caring Oil by Weleda

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Ceramide NS, Phytosphingosine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceramide NP, Lecithin, Squalane, Ceramide AP, Cholesterol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium AcryloyldimethylTaurate Copolymer, Tocopherol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium AcryloyldimethylTaurate Copolymer, p-Anisic Acid, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide EOP, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Carbomer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

    (Last updated November 2017)

LIPIKAR BALSEM AP+ by La Roche Posay Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua / Water, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Brassica Campestris Oleifera Oil / Rapeseed Seed Oil, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Sorbitan Tristearate, Dimethiconol, Mannose, Disodium Edta, Capryloyl Glycine, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Benzoate

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Colloidal Oatmeal 1.0% + Water, Glycerin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ocyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, PEG-40 Stearate, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Ceramide 3, 1,2-Hexanedoil, Phenoxyethanol, Piroctone Olamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Acid.

    (Last updated November 2017)

Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion, For Delicate Skin, fragrance free ATTITUDE Face & Body Calendula Cream

  • Ingredients:
    Active Ingredient: Dimethicone 1.2% (Skin protectant) Inactive Ingredients: Water, glycerin, distearyldimonium chloride, petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, benzyl alcohol, allantoin, sodium chloride.

    (Last updated November 2017)

  • Ingredients:
    Aqua (solvant), dicaprylyl ether (emollient), caprylic/capric triglyceride (emollient), glyceryl stearate (emulsifier), glycerin (humectant), stearyl alcohol (rheology modifier), octyldodecanol (emollient), cetearyl olivate (conditioner), butyrospermum parkii (shea), butter (moisturizer), sorbitan olivate (emulsifier), zea mays (corn) starch (rheology modifier), calendula officinalis flower extract (active), vanillin (natural extract), potassium sorbate (natural preservative), sodium benzoate (natural preservative), xanthan gum (emulsion stabilizer), citric acid (pH adjuster).

    (Last updated November 2017)

Cetaphil Baby Eczema Calming Lotion Pure organic Jojoba Oil by Pure Acres Farm

  • Ingredients:
    Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine (Ceramide), Niacinamide, Allantoin, Panthenol, Arginine, Sodium PCA, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate

    (Last updated November 2017)

Johnsons Baby Oil Exederm Baby Oil

  • Ingredients:
    Mineral oil, C12-15 alkyl benzoate

    (Last updated November 2017)

Sun cream

Sun exposure during your childhood greatly increases the risk of getting skin cancer in later life. My advice to you for children under six months is simple: no sun. Keep an infant indoors or in the shade under a UV resistant parasol. Then you won’t need to burden their skin with sun cream. Failing that, if you have no other option, make sure you apply enough. I have useful sun cream advice for you in a separate blog.

Cradle cap

Lots of babies suffer from cradle cap, a layer of dandruff on the scalp. Perhaps it doesn’t look appealing, but it isn’t harmful and your child isn’t affected by it. If you would still rather do something about it, then you can apply some oil onto the scalp (for instance, one from the product advice list above), leave it on for the night, and then wash the hair. You can also effectively remove the dandruff with a nit comb, but do it very gently.

 

If you know of any other good products then I would love to hear from you via the blog or e-mail (uncoverskincare@dr-jetskeultee.nl)

Kind regards,

Jetske

Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology

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