It seems since I went off the Rapamune, my skin has gone a bit crazy & been a bit extra sensitive. I’m not sure why. I’ve used the same types of products I always have on my skin, no major changes. I always use very natural based soap (in fact, one of my hobbies is making my own), but I’ve been subject at points to some fairly intense itching & irritation.
I noticed I was almost out of hydrocortisone. Since it was a steroid, I wasn’t sure if I should use it anymore.
I happened to be at my local pharmacy getting some prescriptions & browsed that aisle as I was waiting in line to pick them up.
I came across this product called Tricalm. It said it was steroid free but claimed to be more effective than hydrocortisone & it came with a guarantee which says if it doesn’t work, they’ll offer a full refund. It was a little more than the hydrocortisone but still in a range of the going price for that type of product, so I figured it was worth a try.
The active ingredient is aluminum acetate. But what do you know? It really works. I put a very small amount & it absorbs without a lot of odor or greasy feeling, it’s almost like putting on aloe as far as consistency & it really relieves the itching & burning & quite quickly. It’s pretty calm as far as astringents go but very effective.
It comes in a few different forms including one for sensitive skin. I just used the hydrogel since it was the first one I saw in the store & it seemed to work for what I needed it for.
I picked it up for around $10. Online it might have a slightly better price point. You don’t have to use much for it to work either so a tube will last awhile.
I think I actually needed more hydrocortisone more frequently than I needed to use this.
It’s definitely something I’m glad I found & I have on hand. Especially for the future, in case my skin goes wacky with some of the immunosuppressants post transplant (which it very well might considering the doses I’ll have to take).
(DISCLAIMER: I was not paid by this company or sent a free product. I purchased it on my own from a local pharmacy. I thought doing a short review of this product might be a useful way to share information with others who might be interested or needing a product like this. This analysis in no way constitutes medical advice or product endorsement. I try to keep products I select for personal use, profiling, & reviewing in an affordable price range. Often $50 or less where possible. If they are more expensive I make that clear & try to point out their practicality & uniqueness.)