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Burt's Bees Doctor Burt's Res-Q Ointment

Average Rating 4.5/5
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Review by Metraria

rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 4/3/2008 3:03:00 AM More reviews by Metraria

Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown

PLEASE DO NOT PUT THIS ON BURNS!! Forgive me for e-yelling, but the older packaging for this product advises consumers to apply this to burns, which is something any first aid guide will explicitly tell you *not* to do. Oils and butters should *never* be applied to burns, as they will prevent the wound from healing properly, and can make the injury even worse. This goes for sunburns, too. If a sunburn itches and peels, aloe vera gel can safely be applied, instead. Sure, you'll still survive that mild sunburn if you put oil on it. But it will probably heal more quickly if you don't. Reliable first aid information from trustworthy sources is easily found online, and I hope that those with minor injuries will take advantage of these free websites. A search for "burn first aid" or "sunburn first aid" will quickly turn these sites up.

Now, normally it wouldn't occur to me contradict anyone on Makeup Alley, since we all have such different experiences with the products. However, I'd hate to think of someone being harmed by this ointment. And, trust me, I've seen plenty of minor injuries turn into ER visits due to improper care. (An acquaintance managed to let his ingrown toenail turn into gangrene, of all things.) It seems that the newer tins no longer feature this dangerous advice, but I still think it's incredibly irresponsible of the company.

As for the product itself, it's a run-of-the-mill butter that I use on my cuticles and very dry skin. In fact, as one reviewer mentioned a couple of pages back, this product has virtually the *exact* same ingredients (aside from fragrance) as a couple of other Burt's Bees products: the Hand Salve and the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Those products are marketed as moisturizers, with no claims about healing properties. Anyway, like shea butter, Res-Q Ointment is solid at room temperature, and melts with body heat. I scrape up a little with the convex side of my nail, and rub it in. Nothing bad, nothing special--aside from the extraordinarily bad advice on the tin.

And, not to be a further spoilsport (or even worse, snarky), but there is nothing less skanky than an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin. For minor injuries that don't break the skin, Neosporin is useless, and Res-Q Ointment may provide some relief. Nevertheless, one is medicine, and the other is moisturizer. While each has its function, those functions don't overlap.

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