Two forearms with different skin tones, each with a swatch of lotion spread on them.

If you or your child have sensitive skin, finding the right products to soothe itchiness or discomfort can be a real concern. That’s where treatments with Pramoxine Hydrochloride come in to offer relief.

This mild yet effective compound serves as a topical anesthetic, providing a soothing, “numbing” effect. Also known as Pramocaine, this ingredient was discovered in the 1950s and continues to be cherished for its gentle nature on sensitive skin. Pramoxine Hydrochloride is the key soothing ingredient in Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion (1.0%).

What Is Itching?

Itchiness happens to everyone sometimes and makes us all want to do the one thing we know will make it worse. It’s not exactly pain, but it’s definitely unpleasant, and when it’s severe or chronic, it may be all you can think about. What is going on when we itch?

Science doesn’t yet have all the answers, but here’s what we do know… All vertebrates – even fish and reptiles – itch. But since scratching (or rubbing against a rock if you’re a lizard) can damage the skin and open the area to potentially dangerous infections, an itch isn’t always something you should ignore.

How Does Pramoxine Hydrochloride Stop Itching?

When applied to the skin, Pramoxine Hydrochloride goes to work to temporarily stop the nerves in your skin from sending the sensations of pain or itching to your brain. It’s like snail mail that just sits in the mailbox and never gets sent because someone forgets to put up the flag. Or, to use a modern-age analogy – it’s like an email that’s written and sitting in drafts but never gets sent.

Pramoxine Hydrochloride can be applied directly to the source of the itch. Oral anti-itch treatments must be distributed throughout the body and can take some time to work. Topical treatments that contain Pramoxine Hydrochloride can be applied directly to the source of the itch and can, therefore, work to relieve the itch more quickly.

Pramoxine Hydrochloride Has Multiple Uses

Pramoxine Hydrochloride can also be used to help ease the itch or pain from:

  • Minor burns or minor cuts/scrapes
  • Minor skin irritation or rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac
  • Insect bites

Read our comprehensive guide to itchy skin here:

Why Does Your Skin Itch? How Can You Stop Skin From Itching? Read Sarna’s Guide to Itchy Skin