FAQ

When can Helosan® Original (the blue tube) be used?

Helosan® is an over-all-round ointment and the perfect moisturiser for daily use on all skin types. It can be applied all over the body to prevent and take care of sensitive, dry and irritated skin. 

Helosan® Original is beneficial for:

  • adults and children, humans and animals.
  • use in the diaper region of young children.
  • dry and cracked hands, feet, elbows, knees, cheeks, lips, etc.
  • all skin types during cold winter weather.
  • skin that has been dried out by cold or warm weather, or for example after sun and bathing.
  • skin irritations.
  • after shaving.
  • newly tattooed skin.
How does the Helosan® Original work?

Helosan® Original is a skin ointment that makes dry, sensitive and irritated skin soft and supple. Helosan® settles as a temporary layer on the skin and gives the skin time to moisturize and become resistant to external influences such as sun, wind, cold and water. The ointment also helps to restore the skin’s natural balance.

Can Helosan® be used for both animals and humans?

Correct, Helosan® was originally developed to protect and repair the teats of dairy cows. The maidens who anointed Helosan® on the cows’ teats, however, discovered that even their dry and cracked hands became soft and fine from the ointment. Today, Helosan® is a well-known skin care product that protects and moisturizes your skin.

Does Helosan® contain any dyes or parabens?

No.

Does Helosan® contain any animal ingredients?

No, Helosan® is completely free of animal ingredients, which means that Helosan® is 100% vegan!

Can Helosan® be used to care for tattooed skin?

Yes, Helosan® is an excellent choice for those who want to make their tattooed skin soft and supple. The ointment is light but light on the skin – this means that the gentle ointment does not smudge and is unpleasant.

Does Helosan® have a bleaching effect on the tattoo?

You may have heard some rumours that Helosan® shouldn’t be used on new tattoos, but this isn’t the case. In fact, Helosan® Original is by far one of the most highly recommended tattoo aftercare products and is the go to ointment for most tattoo artists and studios. Helosan® ointment has a white formula as its is applied, therefore it may appear that the skin around the lubricated area has become slightly lighter during the treatment period. As soon as the formula has works its way into the skin it has a long-lasting result to support the skin’s natural recovery and protect a beautiful and vibrant tattoo.

Where can I buy Helosan®?

Helosan® can be bought in your grocery store and at a pharmacy.

Does it make a difference if I apply a very thin or very thick layer of Helosan® ointment?

It is very individual – it depends on how fast your body absorbs the ointment. In general, we would say that the difference is not that big. As long as you apply just enough ointment, the ointment cares just as much depending on the amount. While the ointment is on the skin, it can be comfortable not to apply too much until it becomes sticky. Feel free to try until you arrive at how much ointment your body can absorb at each occasion.

How does Helosan® Fotsalva work?

Helosan® Fotsalva is very suitable for dry and cracked feet. The foot ointment is based on the same formula as the Helosan® Original, but do also contain urea and lactic acid which softens up hardens and gives the feet soft and supple skin. The lactic acid also inhibits bad odor and counteracts fungus. Helosan® Fotsalva also counteracts bad odor and inhibits the appearance of athlete’s feet by lowering the skin’s pH value.

When can Helosan® Fotsalva be used?

Helosan® Fotsalva is specially adapted for daily care of the feet. The ointment moisturizes and softens very dry and rough patches of skin, such as elbows and knees. 

Besides daily foot care, Helosan® Fotsalva is also beneficial for:

  • very dry and rough patches of skin, on adults as well as children. 
  • dry and irritate skin on animals, for example, dry and tender pads.
What are the benefits of skin care products with a high fat content?

Creams and ointments with high fat content are good for dry and damaged skin as they provide long-lasting protection and hydration. Helosan® contains over 60 percent skin-friendly fat content (glycerol), with makes it suitable for very dry, sensitive and irritated skin with weakened skin barrier. Vegetable glycerin (glycerol) is a natural moisture and fat donor that gives a fantastic feeling on the skin. Glycerin attracts moisture from the environment and encapsulates it in the skin. Thanks to its close-to-skin pH value, it is excellent for use on both sensitive skin and infants.

Is it only the high fat content that provides Helosan®s its good effect?

 The fact that Helosan® has a higher fat content (over 60%) and a smaller amount of water has of course a significant role in the ointment’s strong properties to counteract dry skin. Vegetable glycerin (glycerol) helps to look in hydration and boost your skin’s protective barrier. Helosan®’s unique combination of gentle, moisturizing and emollient ingredients work together to strengthen, protect and restore the skin’s natural barrier balance and elasticity.

 

 

CAN I USE HELOSAN® IF I HAVE SKIN DISORDERS SUCH AS PSORIASIS OR ECZEMA?

Many chronic skin disorders, such as atopic dermatitis (AD) and psoriasis, are associated with impaired skin barrier function. A thin, weak or damaged skin barrier allows irritants in, or irritates more easily. Helosan® is suitable for relieving dry, sensitive and irritated skin with a weakened skin barrier and can be used for skin care together with other medicinal products for the treatment of psoriasis and other skin diseases. However, Helosan® skin ointment does not treat the problems or make the problems go away. Helosan® simply relieves discomfort and prevents the area from becoming dry and irritated.

IS HELOSAN® SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY?

Helosan® is Pregnancy-Safe Skin Care. With gentle and carefully selected ingredienses, without any active ingredients, Helosan® can be used during the pregnancy and while you’re breastfeeding. You can apply Helosan® on the sensitive skin on the stomach as well as flaking or scaly skin on the nipples while nursing.

 

Can Helosan® be used on infants?

Helosan® can be used to moisturise and soften your baby’s skin. It can prevent and protect from dryness, itchiness, diaper rash, and eczema. Helosan® is “fragrance-free” and extra gentle to your baby’s already sensitive skin.

CAN HELOSAN® BE USED FOR SKIN CARE IN INTIMATE AREAS?

all superficial areas on the body such as buttocks, nipples and around the groin can be lubricated with Helosan® skin ointment to soften dry and irritated skin. Please note that Helosan® is not intended for “internal use”.

CAN HELOSAN® BE USED FOR DRY AND CRACKED HANDS DUE TO DEHYDRATION WITH FREQUENT USE OF RUBBING ALCOHOL?

During times of virus infections and other periods where the skin is extra dry from rubbing alcohol, it is beneficial to use Helosan® ointment to hydrate and protect the skin.

What is the difference between lotion, cream and ointment?

The primary difference between the two is the ratio between oil and water. While creams have half water and half oil, lotions contain mostly water and very little oil. Some lotions might also contain alcohol. Of all skin products, ointments such as Helosan® contain the highest oil content. The purpose of ointments is to have an occlusive effect, which means they stay on top of the skin, rather than being absorbed right away. This results in more protection against moisture loss and elements like dry air. 

HOW CAN I PREPARE MY FEET BEFORE A MARATHON OR LONG DISTANS RUN?

Our feet absorb more force during running than any other part of the body. The excessive strain and stress on certain parts of your feet may cause friction, irritation and blisters. Many runners are particularly prone to dry feet, which invariably leads to painful cracking feet. The solution: Spend some time taking care of your feet and use a moisturizer such as Helosan® foot cream every day. Apply a small amount on your feet and rub it into the skin until your feet feel soft and smooth. Helosan® Foot Ointment has three functions in one – it softens, moisturizes and improves the skin’s protective barrier. Lubricate every night to help the skin cope with the stresses of intense exercise.

Can Helosan® help to prevent chafing and saddle rash when cycling?

Chafing generally appear on the skin on the butt or inside of the thighs and is caused as a result of friction created by the inner thigh rubbing against something. This can either be caused from the friction of the saddle, or the fabric of your shorts or trousers. To prevent chafing and stop it from ruining future rides we recommend using Helosan® Original. It’ll help alleviate any friction in the areas you apply it. Thanks to the fat content, Helosan® gives a long-time moisture and protection to reduce abrasions between the thighs and legs.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF USING HELOSAN® FOR WORKING HANDS?

Hands that are exposed to stressful environments often tend to get calluses, discolored nails and abrasions. Helosan® adds moisture and fat to the skin, giving it a comfortable water- and dirt-repellent surface. Helosan® settles as a temporary layer on the skin and gives the skin time to moisturize and become resistant to external stresses.

If you wear rough gloves at work, you can also lubricate your hands just before putting on the gloves to avoid unpleasant frictions between the hand and the rough glove.

Animal-related questions:

IS IT DANGEROUS IF THE ANIMAL LICKS ITSELF ON LUBRICATED AREA AFTER USING HELOSAN® OINTMENT?

Helosan® ointment contains only safe and 100% vegan ingredients. There is therefore no danger if your pet would lick on lubricated area. However, we recommend that you keep the ointment out of the reach of animals as excessive consumption of the product could potentially cause gastrointestinal symptoms.

CAN I APPLY HELOSAN® OINTMENT ON MY PET'S WOUND?

Helosan® ointment can be used for smaller superficial wounds such as smaller skin cracks. In case of major wound damage / exuding eczema, Helosan® can be good to lubricate the skin around the wound / eczema as it settles as a temporary layer on the skin which protects this against, for example, wound fluid that is irritating to the skin.

MY DOG / CAT HAS A SKIN ALLERGY, CAN I USE HELOSAN®?

Helosan® nourishes and moisturizes the skin and helps it stabilize its natural flora. It can be used together with other medicinal products to treat various forms of skin diseases such as allergies where the ointment relieves the discomfort and prevents the affected area from becoming dry and irritated. However, Helosan® skin ointment does not treat if there is an underlying problem such as allergies or parasites. If you are in doubt about whether your animal may have an underlying skin disease, we recommend that you contact your veterinarian for an investigation.

MY ANIMAL HAS A “DRAIN” - CAN I USE HELOSAN® OINTMENT TO PROTECT SKIN FROM THE WOUND LIQUID?

Helosan® works well to use on the skin around the drainage to protect it from the irritating properties of the wound fluid as it settles as a protective layer. Applied after cleaning the area.
Helosan® should not be placed on the drain or in the wound itself.

WHICH HELOSAN® OINTMENT SHOULD IN USE FOR MY ANIMAL?

If your pet suffers from extra dry skin, you can use Helosan® Fotsalva (foot ointment), which is very similar to the Helosan® Original, but has an even higher fat content and because of this also gives a more intense moisture boost to the dry, irritated skin. In addition, Helosan® foot ointment contains urea and lactic acid which accelerates the hydration of the skin. For example, Helosan® foot ointment is perfect for taking care of paws that have become dry and cracked.