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24 Jun 2018

QV Intensive with Ceramides – what you need to know

The skin's uppermost barrier layer is made up of dead skin cells embedded in a lipid layer. In eczema, this lipid layer has lower levels of one its key components – the ceramides – which results in water loss from the skin, causing dehydration and dryness.1 Ceramides are vital as they make up 40-50% of the lipid layer,2 which is essential to locking moisture in and helping keep environmental irritants out.1 That's why people with eczema-prone skin may benefit from more than just a regular moisturiser or cleanser.3

To help people with eczema-prone skin, we've developed QV Intensive with Ceramides – a fast-absorbing, ceramide-enriched cream that helps support the skin barrier – plus a ceramide-enriched cleanser formulated to help restore skin hydration. 


QV Intensive with Ceramides Light Moisturising Cream

  • Fast absorbing
  • Non-greasy moisturising cream
  • 24-hour moisturisation

QV Intensive with Ceramides Hydrating Body Wash

  • Non-drying and gentle cleanser
  • Soap free formulation to help reduce the potential for irritation
QV Intensive with Ceramides has a unique formulation that helps maintain skin hydration and support the skin barrier.

The ceramides in these products make the difference. Your skin has 11 different types of ceramides that we know of,4 and for people with eczema-prone skin two of them are particularly important. Ceramide 1 (also known as Cer EOP) is the most deficient.5,6 Ceramide 3 (also known as Cer NP) is the main contributor to water loss through the top layer of the skin (the epidermis).5,6 QV Intensive with Ceramides provides both CER EOP and CER NP to help reinforce the barrier layer of your skin.

Unique dual-action

More than just helping replenish the ceramides from the outside, QV Intensive with Ceramides has a unique formulation that helps maintain skin hydration and support of the barrier layer from within the skin itself. This dual-action helps to both:

Talk to your dermatologist, GP or pharmacist today to find out if QV Intensive with Ceramides is the best option to help you manage mild-to-moderate eczema.





  1. Hon K.L, Leung K.C, Barankin B. Barrier Repair Therapy in Atopic Dermatitis: An Overview. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2013; 14:389-399.
  2. Zeichner JA and Del Rosso D. Multivesicular Emulsion Ceramide-containing Moisturizers: An Evaluation of Their Role in the Management of Common Skin Disorders. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2016; 9(12):26-32.
  3. Sajic D, Asiniwasis R, Skotnicki-Grant S. A Look at Epidermal Barrier Function in Atopic Dermatitis: Physiologic Lipid Replacement and the Role of Ceramides. Skin Therapy Lett. 2012; 17(7):6-9.
  4. Novotny J, Hrabàek A, Vávrová K. Synthesis and structure-activity relationship of skin ceramides. Curr Med Chem. 2010; 17(21):2301–24.
  5. Di Nardo A, Wetz PW. Atopic dermatitis. In: Leyden JJ, Rawlings AV, editors. Skin Moisturization. New York: Marcel Dekker; 2002. pp. 165–178.
  6. Di Nardo A, Wertz P, Giannetti A and Seidenari S. Ceramide and cholesterol composition of the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis. Acta Derm Venereol. 1998; 78(1):27-30.
  7. Tanno O, Ota Y, Kitamura N, Katsube T and Inoue S. Nicotinamide increases biosynthesis of ceramides as well as other stratum corneum lipids to improve the epidermal permeability barrier. Brit J Dermatol. 2000; 143:524-531.
  8. Rawlings AV, Davies A, Carlomusto M, Pillai S, Zhang K, Kosturko R, et al. Effect of lactic acid isomers on keratinocyte ceramide synthesis, stratum corneum lipid levels and stratum corneum barrier function. Arch Dermatol Res. 1996; 288:383-390.

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