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Clear Out Your Beauty Cabinet, Here Are 6 Ways You Can Use Sudocrem For Healthy, Hydrated Skin

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If you’re a mother, then you’re likely very familiar with Sudocrem. But while one might think it can only be used for nappy rash and eczema, there are actually so many ways you can use the healing cream.

A 125g pot at Priceline will cost you just over AUD $10 and, well, it lasts a lifetime. But for those who don’t use the miracle product—or perhaps have never even heard of it—it’s obvious to wonder exactly what Sudocrem is used for, whether it really works and why it has a cult following.

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the standard indications of Sudocrem are the treatment of minor skin disorders such as wounds, scratches, eczema, dermatitis, bruising, cuts and abrasions. 

The product’s manufacturers, Nice-Pak, have also listed that Sudocrem can be incredibly beneficial for:

  • mild eczema
  • dermatitis
  • chapped hands
  • minor burns
  • rough skin

Containing active ingredient Zinc Oxide, Sudocream is unlikely to result in side effects from its zinc concentration. However, it’s important to note that two of its other ingredients, butylated hydroxyanisole and benzyl alcohol, may result in minor irritation. Of course, if you are allergic to either ingredient, you should consult with a health professional before using Sudocrem.

Curious about how to use the miracle cream? Below, we round up six ways you can use Sudocrem for healthy and hydrated skin.

Note: If symptoms persist, please consult your healthcare practitioner.

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6. It can be used as a primer for your foundation

Aside from soothing skin rashes and bites, it turns out that the product can also be used as a primer to hold foundation all day.

A Makeupalley reviewer explains, “We all know it works wonders on baby butts and acne. Cuts and scrapes. But I use my little pot as a foundation primer! Only on my nose and forehead though, they’re the only places I get a little shiny. And my foundation stays flawless and more importantly on my face all day!! I don’t even need to powder again. Once I’ve baked with loose powder. I’m good to go”

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5. It can be used to help heal stubborn acne and pimples

The healing properties of zinc can work wonders when it comes to reducing redness and drying out persistent pimples.

As per Makeupalley, a reviewer says, “Many people said it’s great for clearing acne and scars acne leaves behind and for the best results you should sleep with Sudocrem on your face overnight. So I decided to try!”

“My skin hasn’t got bad acne but it does break out often and is sensitive and I’ve many small acne scars. The first time I tried this, I woke up the next morning and noticed my cheeks weren’t as red as usual. I continued to use sudocrem as an overnight mask two times a week and now my skin has almost completely cleared up. Amazing!”

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4. It can be used to heal painful burns and sunburn

For those who can’t break the habit of spending a day or two soaking up the sun’s rays or those with a penchant for accidental hair straightener burns, then it’s best to opt for Sudocrem.

One reviewer explains that they “had a really bad curling iron burn” on their arm, but “this cream literally sped up the healing process and it looked better within two uses.”

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3. Sudocream can speed up the removal of mosquito bites

Come summer time, mozzies (and their violent tendencies) are in full swing. So, don’t suffer in silence. A small application of Sudocrem can help speed up healing when it comes to those nasty, itchy bumps. 

One reviewer even claimed that the cream healed hers in a single day, saying, “Reduced the swelling and redness of mosquitos bite the next day. Highly recommended.”

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2. It can be used to soothe shaving bumps

If you’ve ever taken a shaving razor to your legs, armpits or bikini line then you’re surely familiar with the pain of those nasty little bumps and ingrown hairs. And if those unwanted friends are a regular occurance for your skin, then you’ll know how difficult it is to get rid of them. Turns out, Sudocrem can help in that department.

Another reviewer says, “Its great to apply on your bikini area after shaving to prevent bumps and redness, gets rid of bum pimples, makes scabs go away faster and smells really nice. However, it needs to be used sparingly, especially if used on the face, as it does dry the skin out.”

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1. And finally, Sudocrem can rehydrate rough skin

Whether it’s the dry, winter chill or a result of dehydration via genetics, dry skin can be a cross to bear for many. And while there are endless hydrating offerings on the market, it’s worth turning your attention to oh-so-affordable Sudocrem.

One reviewer says, “This is absolutely amazing on my feet—especially my heels. I slather it on at night and slip on socks right away (otherwise, it will mark floors, carpets, bedding) and it softens my feet better than even the pricey foot creams I have.”

“I also find it really good to apply on hang-nails (which I get often during winter, with the cold, drying weather and constant hand-washing).”

Clearly, there’s a plethora of skin concerns that Sudocrem can fix. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll on to grab yourself a fresh tub of the cream bound to return your skin to its natural glory. 


Healing Cream 125g by Sudocrem, $11.49 at Priceline.

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