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About Hydrosil

One in four people get eczema at some point in their lives, and first base treatment is usually steroids. But the negative side effects of long term steroid use are well known.

We wanted to develop a range of products for people (adults and children) who want to move on to a more natural and long-term management of their eczema.

We spent several years searching for the ideal ingredient that would have effective results for eczema-prone skin without the complications of medicated products.

The key to relieving eczema is to stop the itch scratch cycle. From there on the healing process can begin.

We looked for plant-based ingredients that did exactly this, quickly and effectively, while being kind to skin and gentle enough to use on young skin and delicate areas such as the face and around the eyes.

Our sole aim was to make products that worked that people could trust and rely on to manage their eczema on a daily basis.

From this our Hydrosil range was born. Since its development we’re proud to say its helped thousands of our customers manage their eczema and continues to do so through recommendations and reviews.


How Hydrosil ingredients help eczema

The main ingredient in all our Hydrosil products is a plant extract called Cardiospermum halicacabum.

Known in the world of natural medicine as a ‘natural cortisone’ or a ‘phytosteroid’, Cardiospermum halicacabum acts much like a chemical steroid but without the damaging side effects.

Cardiospermum halicacabum comes from the seeds of a vine and belongs to the plant family of Sapindaceae. It’s also known as the “balloon vine” or “love in a puff” and is a climbing plant that grows in abundance in Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia.

The species name of “Cardiospermum” comes from the small-sized, black-brown coloured seed, which have a white heart-shaped spot.

The term “halicacabum” is translated from Greek meaning “salt barrel”. The appearance of the fruit that looks inflated hence why its nickname is balloon-vine.

The surface of the cardiospermum plant contains active phytosterols which help relieve itching because they act as modulators of inflammation by reducing the amount of enzymes and pro-inflammatory peroxides.

A UK trial and several published research trials (* 1-7) have been carried out on cardiospermum due to its calming and restorative effects on inflammatory conditions of the skin including eczema and dermatitis.

All our Hydrosil products deliver calming and anti-itching benefits without damaging or irritating the delicate skin and can be used on a daily basis ot help manage symptom of eczema.

Hydrosil products can and should be used even between flare ups as they work in a protective capacity to help minimise future flare ups and protect skin from contact reactions to other skin care products, environmental irritants, cleaning products or cosmetics.

Some hydrosol products also contain a patented prebiotic ingredient called Biolin to help repair skin barrier function and prevent further dryness.

Honey is also used in the hair care products as an additional conditioning treatment for dry scalp

All Hydrosil products are free from parabens, perfumes MI and SLS and are 100% vegan.


  1. Complement Ther Med. 2013 Oct;21(5):453-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.07.002. Epub 2013 Aug 17.

Plant-based ointments versus usual care in the management of chronic skin diseases: a comparative analysis on outcome and safety.

  1. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2014 Jun;32(2):140-4. doi: 10.12932/AP0381.32.2.2013.

Sanpao herbs inhibit development of atopic dermatitis

  1. Indian J Exp Biol. 1999 Apr;37(4):411-4           

3.Antipyretic activity of Cardiospermum halicacabum.

Asha VV, Pushpangadan P.Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, India.


  1. Z Hautkr. 1989 Apr 15;64(4):274, 277-8

4.Cardiospermum--a new phytogenic drug in dermatology?

Gehring W, Gloor M. Hautklinik des Stadtischen Klinikums Karlsruhe.


  1. Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Volume 133, Issue 2, 27 January 2011, Pages 743–750

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Cardiospermum halicacabum and its reference compounds ex vivo and in vivo

  1. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 6(1), pp. 154-160, 9 January, 2012

DOI: 10.5897/JMPR11.1364

Evaluation of antioxidant and antibacterial properties of six Sapindaceae members

  1. UK Trial

Comparison between Cardiospermum Gel and existing Eczema Treatments - A Consumer Study.

Author-Dr D.Grant MBChB General Practitioner.


What is eczema?

There are different types of eczema, but the most common type is genetic and causes disruptions and weakening of the skin barrier function allowing moisture to escape and causing skin to become very dry and cracked.

The itchiness from eczema is not caused by the underlying condition, but from the external bacteria that gets into the cracked open skin leading to inflammation and itching.

Some recent have suggested that a defect in the biological ‘glue’ that bonds skin cells together could be the cause of eczema.

Eczema is more prevalent in children than adults, with one in four infants suffering from it in the UK. A lot of infant eczema disappears by teenage years.

Genetic eczema can re-emerge in adult hood due to various triggers. This type of eczema is usually only experienced by adults who had eczema as children.

However, a rising type of adult eczema, in particular among adult women, is ‘contact eczema’. This is eczema caused by contact allergies, typically from cosmetics as well as other beauty products, cleaning products, jewellery and environmental irritants.

Eye Eczema is one of the most common forms of adult contact eczema due to the vast amount of eye cosmetics worn daily as well as contact lens solutions and fake eyelashes.

Hay fever is also a common trigger for eye eczema. People with allergies are generally more prone to eye allergies, but hay fever often leads to secondary eye eczema. The constant weeping of hay fever eyes and the swelling from the eye allergy causes the skin around the eyes to become very dry and itchy.

First line defence treatment for eczema is usually steroids, prescribed at various strengths by your doctor.

Very few people with eczema have not used steroid creams to control their symptoms at some stage, either on prescription from their doctor or dermatologist.

However, long-term reliance and over-use and of steroids for eczema has lead to commonly prescribed steroid-based products becoming less effective over time as well as skin becoming more reactive when it withdraws from the steroids. This common scenario has resulted in an increasingly common and potentially more serious condition called ‘red skin syndrome’.

Red Skin Syndrome is effectively an ‘allergic reaction’ to the withdrawal of the regular use of topical steroid skin creams. It’s also knows as Topical Steroid Withdrawal.

While some people try and seek alternatives to steroids, the majority of people follow standard advice and treatments from doctors and dermatologists who still predominantly encourage people with eczema to use steroid creams, lotions and gels to control their symptoms.

But recently, eczema sufferers are now paying the price for this seemingly simple solution for managing their symptoms.

Red Skin Syndrome in a growing secondary health condition caused by the overuse of steroids creams for controlling eczema.

Many eczema sufferers have been using steroid creams from their childhood or teens and eventually become resistant to them or decide to stop using them due to other side effects such as skin discolouration or skin ‘thinning’.


According to, a red skin syndrome support organisation, the problem of Red Skin Syndrome usually arises when steroid creams that have been used for a long period of time, often several years, are either drastically reduced or suddenly stopped altogether and the skin goes into a state of ‘shock’.

Red Skin Syndrome symptoms include sudden red, hot and itchy skin, skin swelling, skin tightening, skin with a painful burning sensation and very dry and flaking skin.

Skin effected by Red Skin Syndrome can also become highly sensitive and it can trigger multiple other allergic reactions to skincare products, shampoos and cosmetics. Sufferers can start to feel that everything they put on their skin burns or stings. Even applying water can be painful in more severe cases.

Red Skin Syndrome can occur in a longer than normal gap between steroid treatments or, more commonly, when steroid use is stopped altogether.