Ichtamol pasta containing ichthammol (1,5%) and zinc oxide (7,5%) is intended to care for skin prone to facial dermatoses. It soothes irritated skin.
The product has a distinct color and odor, which are not harmful.
Aqua, Bentonite, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol,Glycerin,Ichthammol, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethyl Citrate,Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.
Warning for people allergic to parabens a lanolin – does not contain parabens and lanolin.
No added dyes, alcohol or perfumes.
Ichtamol paste is intended for skin prone to facial dermatoses. It is also possible to apply it onto reddened skin, which it soothes. It is intended to care for the skin of children and adults. The paste can be used on newborns.
How Does Ichthammol Work?
Ichthammol and zinc oxide are among frequently used local dermatological medication in children (with regard to its safety even when applied long-term). Ichthammol (ichtamol, ichthyol) is a mixture of ingredients obtained by the sulphonation of bituminous oils. Traditionally, it was obtained by the distillation of fossil slate. It has anti-itching, anti-inflammatory, ceratoplastic, antiseboroic and slightly antiseptic effects. It is slightly irritating, has low sensitizing potential, does not desensitize the skin when exposed to light. However, it has an unpleasant distinct odor and a brown-black color. Ichtamol is used in the treatment of sub acute forms of eczema (mainly atopic), seboroic and perioral dermatitis, for acute appearances of psoriasis, lichen ruber planus, pityriasis rosea and for acne vulgaris. Ichtamol has a similarly favorable curing effect as pix lithantracis (coal tar), without its undesired side effects (toxic influence on the liver and kidneys, local carcinogenicity when used long-term in higher concentrations).
(Source: Fadrhoncová A.,Pharmaco-Therapy of Dermatological Diseases, Page 211,Grada,1999)
How does Zincum oxydatum work?
Zincum oxydatum (zinc oxide, zinc flower) is an amorphous, fine, odor-free, white powder. It is acquired from natural zincite material. It has cooling, slightly astringent and mildly anti-septic effects. Zinc oxide is a part of the powders, suspensions, liquid powders and soft pastes, which are oftentimes used in children’s dermatology. Zinc oxide has a soothing effect and significantly promotes skin’s regeneration. Zinc products also have a positive effect on the healing process.
(Source: Fadrhoncová A., Pharmaco-therapy of skin diseases, p. 294,Grada,1999)
Based on the recommendation of dermatologists, Ichtamol pasta was created, which is sold in pharmacies over the counter. It contains the above mentioned agent as a basic component.