The unique formulation, combining a high paraffin content with a humectant, helps to soften skin and retain moisture:

  • White soft paraffin forms a protective barrier on skin surface and decreases transepidermal water loss (TEWL)
  • Light liquid paraffin replaces lost skin oils, increasing skin surface lipids (SSL)
  • Glycerin (humectant) attracts and holds water in the outer layers of the skin and compensates for reduced levels of Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) in diseased and older skin

The fuss-free, airless pumps provide <2% wastage* and reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, in adherence with NICE recommendations3. Cetraben® Cream is available in four sizes (1050g, 500g, 150g, 50g) for ease of use to help improve patient adherence:

Pump dispenser

Less than 2% wastage

1050g and 500g for frequent use at home

150g and 50g for regular, on the go use

*Does not apply to 1050g pump

Patient preference

In a sample survey of 380 members* of the Psoriasis Association4:

liked Cetraben® Cream

said Cetraben® Cream was as good as or better than their current emollient

said they would continue to use Cetraben® Cream

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*The majority of the respondents were over 50 and had been suffering from moderate to severe psoriasis for over 21 years

How to use

Cetraben® Cream is simple to apply and is suitable for use throughout the day. The cream is packaged in a pump dispenser and helps avoid mess and waste while ensuring easy and measured applications.

  • Apply to the skin as often as required or directed by your pharmacist or GP, to ensure continued hydration throughout the day. We recommend that you treat skin as frequently as possible, or as a minimum at least twice a day
  • Apply liberally to the affected skin, as often as necessary, ensuring that the area is well covered
  • Apply gently in the direction of hair growth until absorbed
  • Avoid rubbing vigorously as this could trigger itching by creating more heat in the skin
  • Apply emollient before and after you bathe to protect skin from dryness

How to prime the Cetraben® pump:

Remove the tamper evident clip

Place fingertip over the nozzle

Fully depress the pump several times to expel any air

Check cream is being dispensed. If not, repeat steps 2-4

Prescribing information

Please refer to the Medical Device Core Data sheet before prescribing

Cetraben Cream:

Manufacturer: Thornton & Ross Ltd, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK

Code # of Notified Body: N/A

Legal classification: Class I

Product name: Cetraben Cream

Ingredients: Purified Water, White Soft Paraffin 13.2% w/w, Light Liquid Paraffin 10.5% w/w, Emulsifying Wax (SLS free), Polysorbate 60, Glycerol, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid Monohydrate.

Indications: Cetraben Cream is an emollient, moisturising and protective cream for the symptomatic relief of red, inflamed, dry skin, especially when associated with eczema.

Adverse reactions: Mild skin reactions, such as redness and rash, have been seen very rarely. Should this occur, use of the product should be stopped. In the unlikely event of side effects, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions.

Precautions: Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed. If the skin is badly cracked, infected or bleeding do not apply; seek medical advice before use. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you accidentally swallow this product, seek medical advice and take the pack with you to show which product has been swallowed. For external use only. Do not use if tamper evident collar is broken or missing at first use (500g packs). Using Cetraben Cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding is unlikely to have any ill effects. If unsure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not use after expiry date. Fire hazard. Do not smoke or go near naked flamed; clothing or bedding with this product dried on them can catch fire easily. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not totally remove it. Use within 3 months of opening.

Contra-indications: Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.

Method of administration: Prime the pump before first use by depressing fully until cream appears. If the pump stops working do not dismantle the pack. Re-start by covering the nozzle, then fully depress the pump several times to expel air. Adults, the elderly and children over 1 year: Wash and dry hands before use. Apply to dry skin areas as often as required and smooth gently into the skin following the direction of hair growth. Children under 1: Seek HCP advice before use.

Date of preparation: 22/03/2021

Adverse incidents should be reported on 01484 848164, at thorntonross@medinformation.co.uk or alternatively at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

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  3. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries – Emollients. Available from: https://cks.nice.org.uk/eczema-atopic#prescribinginfosub:1
  4. Cetraben® Psoriasis Association survey report January 2018

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