Balneum Plus Cream 500g

  • Treats itchy, dry skin conditions
  • Replaces essential oil lost due to dry skin
  • Helps skin retain moisture
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What is Balneum Plus Cream?

Balneum Plus Cream is a medicine that is easily absorbed into the skin. 

Balneum plus cream is a treatment for:

  • Itching and dry skin
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Other scaling skin conditions

Containing two active ingredients Urea and Lauromacrogols, it helps to relieve itching and has also been shown to increase skin moisture for up to 24 hours.

It is suitable for both adults and children.

What is Balneum Plus Cream used to treat?

Balneum Plus Cream is used in the treatment of itchy and dry skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and pruritus.

Eczema is a very common skin problem that can occur in both adults and children. It can cause skin to become itchy, sore, dry and red; these issues can lead to inflammation and cracking of the skin. Using a cream like Balneum Plus can have a highly beneficial impact on this condition.

This treatment is generally considered to be very safe to use and has only a small number of side effects.

How does Balneum Plus Cream work?

Skin dries out when too much water evaporates from the surface. This problem gets worse as we age; it is made worse by washing with hot water and soap, which removes the layer of natural oil on the surface of the skin.

Balneum Plus Cream contains two active ingredients, urea and lauromacrogols, which both work in different ways to treat skin problems. Lauromacrogols has a soothing and softening effect on the skin, which relieves itching and works by replacing the essential oils in dry skin. This helps to prevent the skin from losing moisture.

Urea is a substance that is naturally found in the skin and helps it to retain water. A lot of people who suffer with psoriasis and eczema have reduced amounts of urea in the skin, so Balneum Plus Cream can help to replace this substance.

Applying Balneum Plus Cream to your skin allows urea to penetrate the stratum corneum, where it will quickly absorb and retain water, increasing your skin's ability to hold moisture. This means the skin is rehydrated once again.

Urea is mixed with a moisturising base that provides a layer of oil to the skin's surface, preventing the water from escaping the surface of the skin. These actions soften and soothe the skin, reducing scaling and itching.

How to use Balneum Plus Cream

Wash your hands before using Balneum Plus Cream.

Apply the cream to the affected areas of skin twice a day until your symptoms have eased sufficiently. You will be advised on how long to use the cream by your doctor.

Unless your hands are the treatment area, wash your hands again after applying Balneum Plus.

Who can use Balneum Plus Cream?

Balneum Plus Cream is a treatment for adults and children. Please, speak to your doctor before you use this cream on children.

You should not use Balneum Plus Cream if:

  • You are suffering from widespread and severe reddening of the skin
  • You are allergic to urea, lauromacrogols or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • The affected area becomes inflamed and is oozing and/or infected

If any of the above conditions apply to you, please make sure you speak to your doctor before you start to use this product. A different form of treatment may be a more suitable alternative for you.

Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings before you start to use this cream.

Can you buy Balneum Plus Cream over the counter?

Yes, this medicine can be bought over the counter without a prescription. Speak to your doctor if your symptoms have not improved after one week.

Can you buy Balneum Plus Cream online in the UK?

You can buy Balneum Plus Cream online from Medicine Direct after you have completed a short and simple online consultation. You will be required to fill out an online form for one of our doctors or pharmacists to review; this is to make sure Balneum Plus Cream is safe for you.

You can then order it from our online pharmacy; place your order by 2pm and you will receive your medicine the very next day.

Medicine Direct is fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the MHRA, ensuring we sell only approved and genuine medicine. Do not order any type of medicine online from anywhere but regulated pharmacies.

Balneum Plus Cream alternatives

Skin conditions vary from person to person, both in terms of severity and where they flare-up on the body. Thankfully, a wide range of treatments are available to help treat the likes of eczema.

Balneum Cream is also available to buy from Medicine Direct. The ingredients contained in this cream vary slightly to Balneum Plus; Balneum contains urea and ceramide, which is a fatty acid that helps to moisturise and strengthen the skin. This is an excellent treatment for when your eczema makes your skin cracked and dry.

Topical corticosteroids are also available, which will relieve skin inflammation and also help to reduce redness and irritation. We sell corticosteroid creams and ointments like Clobetasone and Betnovate, which also comes as a scalp application for skin conditions that affect the scalp.

See the Eczema page on our website to view the full range of treatments we offer. They can be ordered after you have filled out an online questionnaire to ensure your selected medication is suitable for you.

How do I use Balneum Plus Cream?

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

How to store

Store this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not store this treatment above 25C.

Do not use Balneum Plus Cream after the expiry date, which can be found on the label, the tube and the carton. The expiry date is the last day of the month stated.

How long can I use Balneum Plus for?


If you have been using Balneum Plus Cream for one week and your symptoms have not got any better, speak to your doctor. If a doctor has prescribed Balneum Plus, they will tell you how long to use it for.

Is Balneum Plus a barrier cream?


Balneum Plus contains urea and lauromacrogols, which work to hydrate the skin and retain the moisture. It is not classed as a barrier cream.

How often can I use Balneum Plus Cream?


Balneum Cream should be applied twice a day.

Is Balneum Plus Cream a steroid?


No, this cream does not contain any steroids.

Can I drink alcohol with it?


Yes, you can drink alcohol while using Balneum Plus Cream.

What is the difference between Balneum Cream and Balneum Plus?


Balneum and Balneum Plus are similar medicines and work to treat the same type of problems. However, their ingredients are not the same. Balneum Cream contains urea as its active ingredient, which works to relieve itching, remove dead skin cells and hydrate the skin. Ceramide is also contained in Balneum Cream, which works by building up the skin’s barrier function. If your skin is very dry or irritated, Balneum Plus may be more effective for you.

Can Balneum Plus be applied to babies?


You should speak to your doctor before you apply Balneum Plus Cream to children or babies.

Will it affect my contraception?


No, Balneum Plus has no effect on any type of contraception. This includes the morning after pill.

What if I don’t get better?


If you have not noticed an improvement in your skin condition after one week of using Balneum Plus Cream, speak to your doctor.

Will it affect my fertility?


There is no evidence to suggest that Balneum Plus Cream will affect the fertility of men or women.

Side effects

Like all forms of medication, Balneum Plus Cream comes with the risk of certain undesired effects. However, not everyone who uses this medication will experience them.

The treated skin may get worse after you have used this product.

If Balneum Plus Cream is used on inflamed skin, you may experience:

  • A burning sensation
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Pustules forming
  • Your eczema may get worse

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

If you are concerned about the adverse effects of using this medicine, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor or pharmacist, before you start to use it.

Serious Side Effects

Milder side effects of this medicine can be found on the main product page.

In very rare instances, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Balneum Plus Cream and require immediate treatment in hospital.

You should either dial 999 or go to A&E straight away if you suffer any of the following:

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

Please note, this information may not be exhaustive. Please refer to the patient information leaflet and packaging for comprehensive guidance on possible side effects and how to deal with them.

If you are concerned about side effects, we strongly advise you to discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist before you start using the cream.

Warnings and drug interactions

Before you start taking this medication, please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any other form of medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Please note that urea may increase the penetration of other topically applied medications through the skin barrier. This may be problematic if Balneum Plus Cream is used at the same time as medicines like corticosteroids, fluorouracil or dithranol.

You must not go near naked flames or smoke when using this product as you risk severe burns.

Fabrics from clothes, bedding etc. that has come into contact with this product will become more flammable, which poses a serious fire hazard. You may be able to reduce the product build up by washing clothing and bedding, but it will not totally remove the risk of fire.

This medicine may cause irritation if it is applied to skin that is broken or irritated.

When applying the cream, you must avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Please inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Balneum Plus Cream is safe to use when pregnant.

If you are currently breastfeeding, you must not use this cream on your breasts immediately before breastfeeding your child.

Balneum Plus Cream Ingredients

The main active ingredients within this medicine are: Urea and Lauromacrogols

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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

Updated on: 10/06/2021

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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