Eczema cream WARNING: Do NOT use this herbal treatment - NHS claims ‘more harm than good’

Eczema is a common condition that can make the skin become dry, itchy and cracked, according to the NHS.

Patients usually have periods where symptoms are less noticeable, as well as periods of particularly bad episodes - known as flare-ups.

You can help to relieve the dry skin condition by avoiding triggers, and by using moisturising creams.

But, you should avoid using Yiganerjing Chinese Medicine Cream, as it contains undisclosed steroids and anti fungal ingredients, the NHS and government urged.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - a government division - has acted to stop the sale of the cream.

Yiganerjing Cream contains the steroid clobetasol propionate, which is the active ingredient in prescription-only medicines for eczema and psoriasis.

Creams contains steroids could be sued sparingly, as as directed by a doctor or pharmacist, the MHRA said.

“The sale of potent steroid creams directly to the public is illegal for good reason,” said MHRA Manager of the Medicines Borderline Section, Dr Chris Jones. “If used without medical supervision these medicines can be dangerous.

“Steroids must be prescribed by healthcare professionals who follow strict criteria when prescribing them and monitoring patients using them.

“They can suppress the skin’s response to infection, can cause long-term thinning of the skin, and if applied long term over a wide area, particularly in babies and children, can cause other medical problems.

“Our advice to anyone who is using Yiganerjing Cream, particularly on young children and babies, is to discontinue use immediately.”

There are topical corticosteroids and emollients available that could help to relieve the symptoms of eczema.

See a GP if you have symptoms of eczema, the NHS said.

Symptoms include itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red skin.

Some patients may have small patches of dry skin, while others may have widespread inflamed skin all over the body.

Eczema often occurs in people that get allergies, have asthma or hay fever. has approached Yinganerjing Chinese Medical Cream for comment.