Sudocrem is a cream used for over 80 years to treat anything from diaper rash to eczema to cuts and minor, first-degree burns. It is available over the counter without a prescription in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere, though it is not common in the United States.

What is in Sudocrem and what does it do?

Forest Labs, which manufactures Sudocrem, states that the formula has not changed since 1931. It lists the key ingredient as zinc oxide, which Forest Labs says “reduces the loss of tissue fluid.”

The product also contains a mild local anesthetic that can help soothe pain associated with minor burns. Forest Labs also states that the cream reduces the risk of infection. It may also help moisturize the wound, which may promote healing.

Do not use Sudocrem for severe burns. It is only intended for minor burns. And always consult a doctor before using any product, even over-the-counter products.

How do I apply Sudocrem?

Apply Sudocrem the same way you apply any other over-the-counter burn cream.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Gently cleanse the burn, patting it dry or allowing it to air dry.
  • Use your finger or a sterile object like a piece of gauze to apply a small dab of the product to the burn.
  • Lightly rub the cream onto the burn.

Do not apply Sudocrem until the burn has completely cooled down from the injury. You do not want to trap any heat in the wound.

Complaint Alleges False Advertising of Sudocrem for Burns

An emergency health care professional filed a complaint with the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) alleging the advertisement of Sudocrem as a remedy for burns and bedsores was misleading. The complainant also alleged that the ad was harmful because Sudocrem could worsen burns.

But in its ruling in 2013, the ASA did not uphold either issue. It found that advertising was not misleading given that the manufacturer markets it for minor burns, and consumers were likely to only use it for minor burns. The ASA was also unaware of any evidence suggesting that the cream could worsen minor burn wounds.

Other Burn Creams

If you suffered a minor burn and are thinking of using a burn cream or ointment, please see our page on ointments for first-degree burns. Also review our page on the best cream for burns.

Meanwhile, if you suffered a serious burn or large first-degree burn, and somebody else caused it, you may have a valid legal claim. Call our lawyer referral specialists for help finding a lawyer: 844-549-8774.