The Theraplex line of moisturizers, first introduced by Medicis Pharmaceutical in 1990, provides a moisturizing, non-drug approach to the treatment of severe dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis and xerosis.
All seven Theraplex moisturizer products are specially formulated with a unique, enriched special petrolatum fraction developed by Swiss research scientist, Dr. Hans Suess. This technology patented by Dr. Suess, separates and extracts the low molecular weight hydrocarbons from the petrolatum molecule and forms a noncomedogenic petrolatum derivative with superior moisturization and protective properties.
Theraplex utilizes cyclomethicone, instead of emulsifiers, to deliver special lipids. Cyclomethicone, an activated and volatile hydrosilicone, enables the special petrolatum fraction to penetrate deep into the cracks and fissures of the skin, then evaporates, leaving only the pure, non-greasy special petrolatum fraction. This special petrolatum fraction helps to immediately repair the skin’s barrier layer by enabling the skin to retain moisture and start to heal itself. This greaseless, durable micro-protective barrier:
- Seals the skin to stop excessive moisture loss
- Increases internal moisture and softness
- Increases the flexibility and suppleness of the skin
- Provides highly effective protection against irritation and soothes skin
- Stimulates the formation of essential lipids that surround and protect skin cells
Theraplex moisturizers – HydroLotion, ClearLotion and Emollient – are all:
- Free of fragrances, detergents and dyes
- Free of irritants and sensitizing preservatives
- Create a highly efficacious protective barrier which is not affected by washing the skin, sweating or abrasion
- Non-occlusive and allow normal perspiration
Less is More
Perhaps the most important attribute of Theraplex moisturizers is their ability to provide superior moisturization and barrier protection in very basic formulations. For example, Theraplex Emollient contains only three ingredients: special petrolatum fraction, cyclomethicone and microcrystalline wax. It doesn’t contain added ingredients and preservatives which can potentially irritate sensitive skin and compromise other therapeutic treatments. Yet, it is the most effective of all of the Theraplex products. (A complete list of ingredients for each product is included with the description of the product on the PRODUCTS page of our website).
The highly efficacious, yet basic nature of Theraplex moisturizers is the key reason Theraplex Emollient and Theraplex ClearLotion received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance. Both products scored 5 out of 5, the highest possible rating.
Theraplex moisturizers are also ideal for use post laser and chemical procedures to create protective barriers and soothe skin while it heals.