Review: HipoGlos Skin Protectant Ointment
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. We are reviewing a diaper rash cream on Armchair Arcade. Obviously, as a site dedicated to chronicling videogames, computers, and technology, we normally would not review such products, but we’ve decided that we would, on occasion, branch out into other STEM areas, including medicine, since that fits the expanded “lifestyle” portion of our site’s updated mission statement. That’s where this diaper rash cream comes in. And if you’re a parent who has a baby in pain because of a raw and blistery behind, you may very well feel like you’re playing a game of “Diaper Rash Momma (or Poppa),” where your mission is to find the perfect antidote to soothe and heal your baby’s bottom. So let me tell you a bit about HipoGlos, which might just be what you’re looking for.
HipoGlos has been used for more than 60 years in Latin America, but is new to the United States. Currently, it can be purchased through Amazon and select Walgreen’s stores. What makes HipoGlos unique is its formulation. It contains both lanolin and zinc oxide as its active ingredients, each at 15% concentration. Lanolin is an emollient that softens and moisturizes the skin and decreases itching and flaking, whereas zinc oxide serves as a barrier, preventing the moisture from reaching the skin. Having both of these ingredients in one product appealed to me because I sometimes combined the two to treat my daughter’s diaper rash. I first applied a lanolin nipple cream (which was rather challenging to spread) and then put a zinc-oxide–based diaper rash cream on top of that. So when I saw that there was a diaper rash ointment that contained both of these ingredients, which I had not previously seen, I wanted to give it a try. I also liked that the cream had a higher concentration of zinc oxide than one of my favorite diaper rash creams.
The cream is light and comes out looking glossy. Hence the “Glos” in the name. It has a slight smell, but it isn’t unpleasant like some other diaper rash creams. Although I’m not sensitive to smells, there are others in my household who have a tough time stomaching strong scents. And HipoGlos passed the sniff test with these individuals, who will remain nameless. It also applies very easily and smoothly, which is nice, because I’ve used diaper rash creams that come out like wet cement. Not fun, especially when you have a squirmy baby who wants nothing to do with diaper changes!
I haven’t used the cream on a severe diaper rash because that opportunity has not presented itself, so I cannot attest to how well it works in such cases, but it has worked well for me in preventing diaper rash and treating mild cases. I have no reason to believe it would disappoint in more severe cases. But every baby is different. Sometimes it’s a matter of trial and error. I’ve read a lot about diaper rash because it was something we struggled with for a while when my daughter was a newborn, and I’ve learned that everyone eventually finds a favorite remedy. But if you haven’t yet found your go-to antidote or simply want to expand your arsenal, HipoGlos is worth a try. I’ll definitely be keeping a tube of it in my diaper bag.