Itch relief cream formulated by dermatologist – Suu Balm

A great idea indeed : 2-in-1 cream – both itch-relieving and moisturizing at the same time. Suu Balm  is formulated here in National Skin Centre (NSC), Singapore back in 2011 when a dermatologist, who was running the itch clinic at NSC found a need for eczema sufferers to relief their itch and at the same time helps to moisturize the skin. He formulated with the chemist an itch relieving moisturising cream that can serve both this function. By the very fact that it was formulated by a medical professsional, it gave me a peace of mind that the ingredients are safe. I was given some samples to try it out and decided to apply on my stubborn itchy rash on my feet.

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What are the key ingredients in Suu Balm?

Suu Balm’s key ingredients are menthol which cools down itchy, irritated skin, and -ceramides to keep skin smooth and healthy.  Menthol – which acts by cooling the skin, and triggering receptors in the nerves in the skin, blocking the transmission of itch signals to the brain. It is steroid-free and paraben free. It also contains the standard ingredients which helps to retain moisture ie. glycerin and urea.

When & How to use Suu Balm?

Suu Balm is designed for anybody with dry, itchy skin, to provide rapid itch relief and to help increase the frequency of moisturising. Breaking the itch-scratch cycle will help prevent further damage to the skin from scratching.

My weakest part of the skin which is still itchy due to dryness and exposure to irritants are my feet. After my daily moisturizing regime with my shielding lotion, anytime I feel a slight sensation of itch coming on, I lightly applied Suu Balm cream over the area. After about 2 minutes, it emits a menthol tingling feeling which masks the itch sensation. That distracts me from scratching to relief the itch.

However, when I forget and start scratching at night and cause injury to my thin skin, then I can’t apply Suu Balm on that area because it is not to be used on broken skin and the menthol cream can sting a little on open wound. Thus, prevention is better than cure so it is best to apply when the skin itchy and dry. 

Some children may not like the smell of menthol, or it may make their skin go pink temporarily, so try a little bit first to see if the child likes it. Suu Balm contains menthol, and menthol creams are not recommended for children under 3 years of age.

Where can I buy Suu Balm?

In their website, they offer sample sizes for trial to customers if you are unsure menthol is suitable for your skin. For any new cream that you try, before applying liberaly, it is best to do a skin patch test with a small pea size sample of the lotion on your elbow and observe for a day. Menthol may cause irritation for very sensitive or raw/thin skin so do apply with caution.

Once you find it suitable, you can easily find it in Watson’s Pharmacy stores, OG Department stores and some NTUC supermarket. Suu Balm can also be purchased at several hospital pharmacies (National Skin Centre, NUH, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Changi General Hospital).

We hope this cream will help you to relief the intense itchiness and break the itch-scratch cycle so that your skin have the chance to fully heal. Finding a suitable cream that works for you or someone you care for can be a challenge. What works for one person may not work for another. Another important consideration is that depending on your current skin condition, which may change depending on the flare cycle, so can the effectiveness of a product. Do read other natural skincare regime articles here to find a suitable product depending on your current skin condition.

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