What is a Lotion Bar?
One of the many wonderful things about compounding is the ability to create unique and innovative solutions for our patients. One such solution is called Lotion Bars. Lotion bars can be used by patients with allergies or other sensitivities to common cream ingredients. They are also great for those with psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, itchy skin and more.
Lotion bars contain only four (4) rigorously-tested, clean ingredients for even the most sensitive patients including coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E and beeswax. Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and has been proven to treat xerosis (dry, flaky skin). It has also been shown to reduce healing time for wounds due to an increase in fibroblast proliferation and neovascularization. Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, studies using coconut oil massage in pre-term infants have shown an increase in growth compared to mineral oil massage. Our lotion bar formula is comprised of 33% of this amazing oil! Shea butter, vitamin E and beeswax help nourish the skin while creating a breathable barrier to lock in moisture. The “bar” is also dispensed in an applicator stick, which allows for easy application that won’t melt in your hands.
For those patients able to tolerate additional ingredients, essential oils can also be added. To learn more about how lotion bars or other exciting compounding developments at Uptown Pharmacy could benefit you or your loved one, stop by to speak with one of our experienced pharmacists! Uptown Pharmacy offers the highest quality products and unmatched service.
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