Balneum Cream and Bath Oil

Balneum skin care products available at Chemist Direct

How does it work?

Balneum bath oil contains soya oil and is used to treat dry skin conditions. It is added to bath water to moisturise dry skin. It works by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface.

Dry skin results from lack of water in the outer layer of skin cells known as the stratum corneum. When this layer becomes dehydrated it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy. The stratum corneum contains natural water-holding substances that retain water seeping up from the deeper layers of the skin, and water is also normally retained in the stratum corneum by a surface film of natural oil (sebum) and broken-down skin cells, which slow down evaporation of water from the skin surface.

The skin dries out when too much water evaporates from its surface. This increases as we get older, and is made worse by washing, because hot water and soap remove the layer of natural oil on the skin surface.

Moisturising bath oils are useful for dry skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis, which get worse when the skin is allowed to dry out. Used regularly, Balneum moisturisers and moisturising bath oils help restore the skin's smoothness, softness and flexibility by replacing lost moisture and helping the skin retain moisture. This helps reduce scaling, itching and redness.

After using Balneum bath oil, the skin should be patted rather than rubbed dry. In conditions such as eczema, using Balneum cream and Balneum moisturising bath oils regularly, even once the skin has improved, can help prevent flare-ups. Together they provide an effective dry skin treatment.


Avoid contact of this medicine with the eyes. When using Balneum in the bath or shower take care to avoid slipping, especially when getting in or out, as this preparation may make the bath/shower more slippery than usual.

Balneum medicine is not to be taken by mouth. Balneum medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this Balneum and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

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