Review of Derma E Psorzema Natural Relief Creme by stellarfungi
Me: 22, combination skin - oily nose/chin, dry & sensitive cheeks/forehead, red all over.
The product: I received a sample of this from Derma E, so I can't speak of the packaging. Pricing ranges anywhere from $11 to $20 for 4 ounces. This is a nicely-textured cream, not as thick as Eucerin Q10 but definitely thicker than your average lotion. The extracts that are supposed to give the Psorzema Creme its oomph are surprisingly high up on the ingredients list - a very good thing. They include extracts like chamomile (a well-known anti-inflammatory and skin-soother) and bearberry (containing a high amount of the potent skin whitener Arbutin.)
My experience: Right now, I'd give this a 3.5. MUA doesn't allow that, so I'm giving it 4 lippies. It's hard to decide how I feel because I had only a sample that lasted me about 5 nights use. I found that it moisturized well, sunk in easily (a miracle, considering it contains one of my skin's most hated ingredients, jojoba oil) and did not irritate my skin. However, it also did not ease the itching that has plagued my face for a long time now. Since it is expressly advertised as a soothing, anti-itch cream, its lack of effect was a disappointment. Then again, it would probably be far more effective if I had a jar of it and could use it more often. I'm on the fence as to whether I will purchase it, but I would also like to try the two other products in the Psorzema line - a lotion (with no jojoba oil in it) and the body wash. In that respect, I will probably be purchasing SOMETHING under the Psorzema name, whether it is the cream or a different item. And again, while this did not ease the irritation already present in my skin, it did not antagonize and irritate my skin in any new ways and it DID moisturize as well as I expect a cream to do, which is a lot. If you don't have constantly itchy skin and are looking for a good night cream, I think you could do far worse!
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Zanthoxylum Zanthoxyloides (Fagara) Bark Extract, Arcostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Coptis Chinensis (Chinese Golden Thread) Root Extract, Berberis Aquifolium (Barberry) Extract, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate and Peg-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Allantoin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate.