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PredecessorSmith's Cream
Founded1931; 91 years ago (1931) in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland[1][2]
FounderThomas Smith

Sudocrem (/ˈsudəkrɛm/ or /ˈsudəkrim/ in Ireland)[3] is an over-the-counter medicated cream aimed primarily at the treatment of nappy rash. It contains a water-repellent base (consisting of oils/waxes); protective and emollient agents; antibacterial and antifungal agents; and a weak anesthetic. As well as nappy rash, it can also be used to treat eczema, bedsores, minor burns, surface wounds, sunburn and chilblains.[4][5] It was manufactured by pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories Europe up until July 2014 when the company was acquired by, and combined with, Actavis plc.[6] On March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17), Actavis completed the acquisition of Allergan, creating a $23 billion diversified global pharmaceutical company.[7]

In Belgium, the product is sold under the brand "Dermocrem".[8] The Netherlands was the first country Sudocrem was sold in outside Ireland and the UK.[9]


A 400g container of Sudocrem

Sudocrem was developed in 1931 by Dublin-based pharmacist Thomas Smith. It was originally called "Smith's Cream", later "Soothing Cream". The name changed to Sudocrem in 1950 due to the Dublin accent pronunciation of soothing cream. During the 1960s, samples of Sudocrem that were given to new mothers in Ireland increased the popularity of the product and the brand was gradually introduced to the UK in the 1970s. Its makers claim it to be the leading nappy rash cream in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.[10] Sudocrem is still manufactured in the Baldoyle suburb of Dublin.[11] A 2012 Irish Independent article said: "Sudocrem is the spuds and bacon of skincare creams, the Guinness of gentle nappy rash reliefs and the Tayto of topical ointments,"[12] following reports in both Irish and UK media celebrities were using the product to treat acne. There are now three Sudocrem branded products available in the UK: the original antiseptic healing cream,[13] Sudocrem Care and Protect which is a nappy rash preventative [14] and Sudocrem Skin Care Cream which is an everyday acne cream aimed at the youth market.[15]

Sudocrem's parent company Teva announced in May 2021 that is planning to close the Baldoyle plant and move production to Acatvis' Bulgarian plant in Troyan in 2023.[16] Teva said that reason for the closure was due to the growing international popularity of the cream, and the inability to make the site of the Baldoyle factory bigger to cope with the rising demand.[17]


Ingredient % (w/w) properties
Excipients 79.2% water-repellent base
Zinc oxide, EP 15.25% astringent, soothing, protective
Lanolin (hypoallergenic) 4.00% emollient
Benzyl benzoate, BP 1.01% vasodilation
Benzyl alcohol, BP 0.39% mild anesthetic, disinfectant
Benzyl cinnamate 0.15% antibacterial, antifungal


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sudocrem: About Us Page". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. ^ "10 Things You Never Knew About Homegrown Product Sudocrem". Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ O'Connor, Amy (25 February 2016). "The correct pronunciation of Sudocrem". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Sudocrem: Antiseptic Healing Cream". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Sudocrem on Electronic Medicines Compendium". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  6. ^ "About Us". FRX Europe. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  7. ^ "AbbVie | Pharmaceutical Research & Development". 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
  8. ^ "Luieruitslag-crème en huidverzorging | Dermocrem". Archived from the original on 2017-02-03.
  9. ^ Flaherty, Ciara (31 August 2016). "This is why Sudocrem is called Sudocrem". Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Sudocrem: History Page". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Noelle (12 May 2012). "Spot the difference - Irish Examiner". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Sudocrem: The cream of the crop". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Sudocrem Care and Protect". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Sudocrem: Sudocrem Skin Care Cream". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  16. ^ Daly, Adam. "'Devastating': Sudocrem won't be made in Ireland after 2023 as production moves to Bulgaria". Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  17. ^ Goodbody, Will (2021-05-07). "Teva to close Sudocrem plant in Dublin, 110 jobs to go". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)