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DryDerm HC and Skin Irritation
It's no secret, DryDerm products can cause skin irritation. Then again, they may not. While DryDerm is usually well tolerated, there is no way to predict whether DryDerm will irritate. Only trial will determine if your skin will react. It is equally unknown whether the irritation will be light, moderate or severe. Most episodes of irritation are light to moderate. Other treatments such as iontophoresis also have the potential of causing skin irritation.
There are many strategies that can be used to manage skin irritation. These are outlined in our 'Managing Irritation' page. Having said this, we developed a topical skin irritation formulation to help manage and/or prevent skin irritation in response to your hyperhidrosis treatment.
DryDerm HC - Treat and/or Prevent Irritation
DryDerm HC was developed to help manage and prevent skin irritation resulting your hyperhidrosis treatment. DryDerm HC is formulated with two skin irritation fighting agents, that is, hydrocortisone (HC) and dexpanthenol. Hydrocortisone is a proven standard* with a wealth of studies that show that it reduces skin irritation symptoms such as redness and inflammation. While many products containing HC are available, DryDerm HC has the added benefit of a second proven agent called dexpanthenol. This agent has also been demonstrated to have a direct effect on symptoms such as itching and stinging. The following chart illustrates the effects of dexpanthenol on skin irritation.
*Itching for a solution: how topical steroids became a standard treatment for eczema.
Pharm Hist (Lond). 2014;44(3):56-64
This chart shows how dexpanthenol reduces skin irritation symptoms before and after its use. In almost 500 patients, dexpanthenol improved symptoms by more than 80%**.
Equally important is the fact that DryDerm HC can be used to prevent or minimize skin irritation during treatment of hyperhidrosis. A German study*** showed that dexpanthenol allows skin cells to maintain their natural integrity by helping to retain their water and lipid/fat content. Loss of water and/or fat in skin cells is the primary cause of skin irritation.
**Am J Clin Dermatol 2002; 3 (6): 427-33. ***Contact Dermatitis 2003: 49: 80–84.
Breaking the Skin Irritation Cycle with DryDerm HC