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April 1934

VANISHING CREAM

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(4):597. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460100115011

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Abstract

Greasy ointments and creams which will "vanish" when rubbed into the skin are rare. A cream made as described here will act with such effect when smoothed into the skin in moderate quantities. Its indications suggest themselves. Phenol or the like may be added when desirable.

Gm. or Cc. R Powdered magnesium carbonate. 8 Solution of calcium hydroxide. 16 Expressed oil of almond. 16 Stir briskly before using.

The preparation of a smooth, stable cream from these ingredients is practicable, although even an expert pharmacist may experience difficulty on first trial. The powdered magnesium carbonate is mixed with the lime water; then the required amount of an unadulterated brand of expressed oil of almond is incorporated by slow addition while all are rubbed together in a mortar. Other ingredients may be added after a smooth cream of shiny consistency, without flakes, has been secured.

The vanishing quality of the cream

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