This is an amazing healer. I can see why so many dermatologists swear by Avene and this product in particular. I've read amazing reviews about this stuff at various skin stores online and I must say they are right on the money with this one. I don't know how they managed to create a cream that actually works better than Cortisone, but this is it. I've tried a million different ointments and creams on this hormonal rash I get that comes and goes on my chest and neck area. Nothing has really cleared it up completely until I tried this and wow is all I can say! Not only did it clear it up almost immediately, but it feels so soothing and calming without even the slightest sign of irritation.
There are so many creams out there that claim they will calm your skin, but this one really does the job and beautifully I might add. I had an angry red rash on my neck and chest as I got closer to my period and within an hour or two all the redness and irritation was gone! If I keep applying this daily during that time of the month, I can actually keep the rash from developing at all which is a first for me! Usually not a whole heck of a lot will touch a hormonal rash, but this makes a significant difference in my skin (more than Cortisone or Benadryl and with no side effects)! It's actually good for your skin and does nothing but heal and repair in a very gentle way.
The only downside is that the formula has a tendency to leave a bit of a residue or flaking that can easily be wiped away with a tissue, otherwise you will see these little white flakes sometimes (not from your skin, but from the product itself). The picture that's up for this product is old and outdated, so be prepared to receive a very different looking product if you order this now (if you click on picture 2 at the top, that is how the product comes now). This comes as a set of 7 small tubes that are green and white for $30.00 through most online stores. The instructions tell you to toss each tube within three days after its been opened, but that's not really necessary. I keep mine in the refrigerator and one small tube has lasted me a couple of weeks no problem.
They do this because most of Avene's professional line is packaged in sterile doses meant to be used after procedures to the skin that leave it irritated or raw. A package of 7 tubes could easily last you two months or more if used sparingly or only in times of distress. I think Avene's chemists are geniuses because even their Thermal Spring Water Gel (not the serum) from their professional line works better than straight Aloe Vera on burns and redness! My skin was bright tomato red from a reaction to a product I had tried and it was burning something awful. Aloe was doing nothing for it (and I have three types of Aloe Gel at home). Even ice wasn't doing much to take down the redness. I broke open one of the small sterile tubes of Avene's Thermal Water Gel and the redness finally died down in 10 minutes and my skin returned to normal completely! Very impressed with the Avene line and this cream in particular (this and the Thermal Water Gel that also comes packaged in small sterile tubes, are my absolute favorite Avene products). Very impressive!