Ego QV Wash & Skin Lotion: for troubled skin

About two months ago, my husband developed a skin condition and it was diagnosed as irritant contact dermatitis, which is skin inflammation caused by direct contact with a particular substance. His skin became red with rashes and they were spreading and itching badly. The cause of his skin ailment was traced to the body soap he was using, which was overly alkaline. My husband subsquently switched to using Ego QV Wash at the advice of the doctor and his skin condition improved. He also recently started using the Ego QV Skin Lotion and that has proven to be suitable for his sensitive skin condition too.

Ego QV body range is made in Australia and developed for dry and sensitive skin. The formulation isn’t natural but all QV products are pH balanced and free of soap, fragrance, colour and other common irritants. Hence, their products are said to be suitable for those with skin troubles such as scaly skin, winter itch, ichthyosis, xerosis, atopic eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other dry dermatological conditions.

Ego QV Wash
The Ego QV Wash for example, is a mild, effective cleansing treatment free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol. It has a pH level of 6 and thus, do not strip away the skin’s natural oils but instead, help to maintain the skin’s natural protective properties. I understand that the body wash is creamy, does not foam very much but cleanses pretty well and leaves the skin with a protective film.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin, lauryl betaine, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, glycol stearate, methylparaben, citric acid, propylparaben.

Ego QV Skin Lotion
Ego QV Skin Lotion is also pH balanced and is a low-irritant formulation free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol. The texture of this lotion is quite lightweight, spreads rather well and is readily absorbed. Because it is non-greasy, it is comfortable to the feel and touch.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), glycerin, petrolatum, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, cetearyl alcohol, ceteth-20, steareth-2, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, methylparaben, propylparab.

Prices and availability
The Ego QV body range aren’t the most exciting of products but the two products discussed here have proven to work well to ease the irritant contact dermatitis my husband was suffering from; so they’re indeed suitable for those with sensitive and problematic skin condition. In addition, they’re readily available at the major pharmacies and are quite affordable. The 250ml QV Skin Lotion for example, cost about S$14+ at Watsons. However, the cheapest seems to be from mypharmcy, the virtual pharmacy of Changi General Hospital.


  1. flym says:

    interestingly, the products contain mineral oil and parabens. My children also use similar products and I find they are more gentle on their eczema skin. I’ve tried organic baby stuff and they don’t seem to be better. In fact, some seem to irritate their skin (stinging, redness). I suspect it’s the PH or natural fragrance. When it comes to treating skin with a compromised barrier function, I think QV and similar products like Cetaphil, Eucerin etc are best. They are developed specifically for irritated skin.

  2. sesame says:

    You’re right about the pH level cos that seems to be most important for those with sensitive skin type…plus I’m guessing that those with skin problems need a protective barrier and these products contain silicones and help provide that barrier? I’m also wondering if essential oils in some of the natural/organic formulation actually irritate these sensitive skin more?

    As for the parabens, they are more for preservative purpose so it’s only a concern for those who are particular about their health hazards. Personally, I don’t mind them if they’re at the end of the ingredient list.

  3. Rennie says:

    Wow. I never realized how akalinity can have such an effect on skin. My friend has been using Milk of Magnesia as an oil controlling toner/base. Since Milk of Mangesia is very akaline I should probably advise her to stop using it.

  4. sesame says:

    It does…especially if you use that soap or product a lot. It’s better to use those that are more neutral or gentle – pH5.5 to pH7. My husband’s skin was normal (thick if I may say it :p) and now, it has become sensitive.

  5. Kate says:

    Eh, I think the effectiveness of organic/non-organic skincare products depends on the user’s skin? Also, maybe some organic products aren’t as effective because everyone has different allergies and sometimes, the components used can be quite strong.

    A colleague of mine used Eucerin for her combination skin and her face broke out very badly and ended up with scarring. My friend had no problems with the entire range.

    QV lotion cream did nothing for me and simply sat there for hours, attracting dust and dirt. Whereas my mother’s skin absorbs it quite quickly.

  6. sesame says:

    Yes, you’ve got a good point. The product’s effectiveness all depends on the person’s skin. Just that the way organic products are marketed, it creates the impression that it’ll work better but some can irritate sensitive skin too. At the end of the day, it’s whether the formulation works for your skin type.

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