Balneum Cream 500g

  • Treatment for Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Relieves itching and inflammation
  • Helps to keep the skin hydrated
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What is Balneum Cream?

Balneum Cream is an emollient treatment for various dry skin conditions, including eczema and dermatitis. The cream should be applied to the affected areas twice a day and works to relieve itching and irritation. It also hydrates the skin and build up the skin’s barrier function.

Balneum Cream is available without a prescription and is suitable for both adults and children.

What is Balneum Cream used to treat?

Balneum Cream can be used by adults and children to treat a range of dry skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Balneum Cream has been tested and it has been found that, even after short-term use, a person's skin can stay hydrated for up to four times longer compared to when using other creams.

This cream has no fragrance, artificial colours or preservatives, which means that it is perfectly suitable for people who suffer from sensitive or delicate skin.

How does Balneum Cream work?

Balneum Cream contains urea as its main active ingredient, which works to treat problems like eczema in three ways:

  • It hydrates the skin
  • It removes dead skin cells
  • It relieves itching

Balneum also contains ceramide, which works by building up the skin’s barrier function. This means it helps to lock moisture into the skin and prevent dryness and irritation from occurring.

Balneum Cream is particularly effective at keeping the skin hydrated when you apply it after having a bath or shower; this helps to retain more moisture.

Balneum Cream or Balneum Plus Cream?

Aside from Balneum Cream, Balneum Plus cream is also available from Medicine Direct. This medication is very similar, but it instead contains urea and lauromacrogols and works to soothe and soften the skin by replacing essential oils. This helps to alleviate discomfort and itching caused by dry skin and also aids in retaining skin moisture.

While both medicines work to treat the same type of problems, one may be more suitable for your skin than the other. Balneum Plus may be more suited if you find that you are suffering from particularly itchy or irritated skin. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about which medicine you may find more effective.

Research has shown than Balneum Plus Cream will hydrate the skin for up to 24 hours, when used as instructed.

How to use Balneum Cream

  1. Wash your hands before applying the cream.
  2. Apply Balneum Cream to the affected areas twice a day until your symptoms have improved.
  3. Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless your hands are the areas being treated.

Do not apply Balneum Cream to infected, bleeding or broken skin. Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas.

Always read the patient information leaflet that will come with your medicine before you use it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Who can use Balneum Cream?

Balneum Cream is generally considered to be a very safe product for adults, the elderly and children to use. It does not contain any fragrance, preservatives or artificial colours, meaning it is safe to be used by people with sensitive skin.

However, it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to urea, ceramide or any of the other ingredients contained within it (please read the patient information leaflet for a full list of ingredients).

Do not use this product without speaking to your doctor if:

  • You have an allergy to peanuts or soya
  • You have inflamed, infected, damaged, broken or weeping skin

Speak to your doctor before using this cream if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

This list may not be exhaustive. Refer to the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on precautions.

Can you buy Balneum Cream over the counter?

Balneum Cream can be bought over the counter without needing a prescription. It may be prescribed by a doctor, too.

Can you buy Balneum Cream online in the UK?

Yes, you can buy Balneum Cream online from Medicine Direct. All you need to do is complete a simple and confidential online consultation with an online prescriber. They will review the answers you provide in a confidential questionnaire to make sure Balneum is safe for you to use.

You can then order your medication from our UK-based pharmacy. Place your order by 2pm and we can also offer you next day delivery.

For your own safety, only order medicine from regulated pharmacies, like Medicine Direct. This will ensure you do not buy medicine that is unsafe or unapproved for sale in the UK.

Alternatives to Balneum Cream

While skin conditions like eczema can be difficult to keep on top of, there is a wide range of treatments available to keep them under control.

At Medicine Direct, we stock a large selection of prescription corticosteroid creams and ointments for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Topical treatments such as Fucibet and Clobetasone can be bought after you have filled out a confidential online consultation questionnaire for one of our prescribers to review. These medicines will work quickly to relieve itching and inflammation of the skin.

Antibiotic creams like Fucidin provide effective treatment for skin infections, which are a risk with conditions like eczema.

View our full range of treatments by visiting our Eczema product page.

Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Balneum cream.

How to store Balneum Cream

Balneum Cream should be kept out of the sight and reach of children.

Store it in a cool, dry place and do not use after the expiry date, which can be found on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month stated.

How often can I use Balneum Cream?

You should apply Balneum Cream twice a day until your symptoms have improved sufficiently. Do not exceed the recommended dose.

Is Balneum Cream a steroid?

No, Balneum is not a steroid cream. Medicine Direct does stock topical corticosteroids like Clobetasone and Fucibet, which you can purchase after completing an online consultation.

How long does Balneum Cream take to absorb?

Balneum Cream should be gently rubbed into the skin until it has been absorbed.

Can you apply too much urea for eczema?

You should not apply this cream more than twice a day. Doing so will not speed up your treatment.

Can I apply Balneum Cream to my face?

You can use Balneum Cream on your face if the skin on your face is affected by eczema. However, take great care to avoid contact with your eyes, nostrils and mouth. Rinse thoroughly if you accidentally get the cream in any of these areas.

Should I use Balneum Cream or Balneum Plus?

If you find that you are suffering from severe irritation or itching, Balneum Plus may be more effective for you. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Is Balneum Cream safe for babies?

Speak to your doctor before you use Balneum Cream on children.

How long can I use Balneum Cream for?

If you find that your eczema keeps coming back regularly, you should speak to your doctor. They may prescribe Balneum Cream for you, or recommend a different medicine.

Is Balneum Cream a barrier cream?

Balneum contains ceramide, which works by building up the skin’s barrier function. It will also help to hydrate the skin to relieve itching and irritation.

Can you get Balneum Cream on prescription?

Balneum Cream can be prescribed by a doctor. It is also available to buy from pharmacies.

Side effects

Like all medicines, Balneum Cream can cause side effects, although these will not affect everyone who uses this treatment.

Some of the more common adverse reactions people have experienced while using Balneum have included:

  • Skin redness and/or itching
  • Pustules forming on the skin
  • Burning sensation at the site of application
  • Eczema symptoms getting worse if the cream is applied to inflamed areas of skin

Stop using this cream and speak to your doctor if any of these conditions bother you or do not go away.

Please note, this list may not be exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for details of more serious reactions you may suffer.

In rare cases, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction to Balneum Cream and require immediate treatment in hospital.

You must either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you have any of the below symptoms:

  • You develop a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are wheezing
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, throat, lips or tongue
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects. If you are worried about reacting badly to this medicine, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist, before you start using Balneum Cream

Warnings and drug interactions

Some medicines can interact with each other and cause adverse effects, or hinder one or both medicines' effectiveness.

Before you start to use Balneum Cream, make sure you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any other medicine, whether it is to treat dry skin conditions or not. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to use Balneum Cream or any other form of medication. Here, you will find a full list of warnings and precautions you must take with it. If you have any questions or concerns at all after reading this, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about them.

Never order any medicine online unless it is from a pharmacy that is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct.

Each health professional on our medical team is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), General Medical Council (GMC) and the MHRA. All of our doctors and pharmacists possess experience working in either an NHS hospital or other professional clinical setting.


Balneum Cream contains two active ingredients: urea and ceramide.

For a list of inactive ingredients, please refer to the patient information leaflet.

Do not use this medicine without informing your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it contains.

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 05/08/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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