Both agents use dexpanthenol, which, when it enters the cells, is converted to panthenolic acid, which provokes rapid healing of wounds.
Indications and contraindications are identical, the therapeutic effect is also the same. It can be used by lactating women to eliminate cracks in the nipples.
The main difference in the form of release: ointment and cream. In the first case, lanolin, paraffin, and beeswax are used as additional components. In the second case, additional means are ketomacrogol, cetearyl octanoate, propylene glycol, glyceryl.
The consistency of the ointment allows the components to quickly penetrate into the deeper layers and bloodstream. Thanks to paraffin and wax, a kind of barrier-type film is created on the surface. Thanks to this form, a systemic effect of a therapeutic nature with a fairly profound effect is provoked.
The cream has a lighter structure due to the lack of inclusions of wax and paraffin, and also due to the presence of a significant amount of water in the composition. Thanks to this form, a local effect is provoked without penetration into deeper layers. The cream is absorbed quickly, does not leave greasy marks on the skin.
Ointment and cream have a similar structure of exposure, and are also easy to use, have a similar cost. Due to the presence of additional components, the therapeutic effect is still different. If the damage is deep enough, or if the need to eliminate the effects of chapping, frostbite is provoked, it is recommended to use the ointment, as it penetrates more deeply.
If we are talking about minor injuries, household burns, the need to eliminate cracks in the nipples, it is recommended to use a cream form. Penetrates into the upper layers of the skin, but provides an almost instant effect. It is quickly absorbed.
D-panthenol is a unique means of restoring the skin after certain chemical, mechanical, physical damage. It is actively used as a prophylactic drug to eliminate possible problems. Available in the form of ointment and cream. Both agents have an almost identical composition and therapeutic effect. But, the presence of additional ingredients provokes certain differences, which you definitely need to know about in order to make the right and competent choice.
The release form is ointment, the main component is dexpanthenol (1 g contains 50 mg of the active substance). The drug promotes active healing of wounds (activates the process of rapid scarring). The active ingredient is rapidly converted to pantothenic acid in the cells, acts like a vitamin. Plays a central role in cellular metabolism. Restores mucous membranes and provokes the regeneration of damaged areas.
Additionally, it provides a full metabolism of the epidermis, eliminates the lack of pantothenic acid in cells, stimulates the production of gluconeogenesis, the synthesis of steroid hormones, sterols, acetylcholine. These processes affect the regeneration of the epidermis that has been damaged. There is also a slight anti-inflammatory effect, the ointment moisturizes, softens and nourishes.
- Acceleration of the healing of minor skin lesions – abrasions, burns.
- In the preventive treatment of dry, rough, cracked skin.
- It is used in the care of the mammary glands in women during feeding (with cracked nipples).
- In the care of infants with the manifestation of diaper dermatitis.
- When treating the body at the time of topical use of corticosteroids.
Contraindications include the lack of the possibility of use with increased sensitivity to the elements of the product. When applied, contact with the eyes is excluded, in certain cases, a reaction in the form of minor dermatitis or irritation may occur.
Release form: cream. The main substance is dexpanthenol (1 g of cream contains 50 mg of the active component). After application, the agent actively penetrates the epidermis, activates the process of restoring normal metabolism, there is a process of stimulation of regeneration, normalization of cellular metabolism, the strength of collagen type fibers increases.
When it enters the cells, the active element secretes pantothenic acid, the need for which arises when tissue or cover is damaged. Such a disadvantage can be compensated for by local application. It has a weak anti-inflammatory effect, nourishes, softens.
- Damage (chemical, temperature, mechanical).
- Abrasions, scratches.
- Irritation after sun exposure, burns.
- Different types of dermatitis.
- Prevention of dermatitis.
- With the formation of cracks in the nipples at the time of pregnancy.
- As an element of protection against the effects of negative factors (frostbite or chapping).
- Prevention and treatment of diaper rash (extremely mild).
It is not recommended for use in the presence of an allergic reaction to the components of the drug.