Gold Bond Lotion works as a skin softener and protector. It keeps skin from being too dry, flaky and irritated. In the original strength Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion, there are water and fragrance plus 17 other ingredients. For those with sensitive skin or frequent allergies, knowing the ingredients of a product beforehand can be good knowledge.
Emulsifiers are those agents that help bind and blend a product. They keep oils and liquids well mixed. The emulsifiers in Gold Bond Lotion are triethanolamine, cetyl alcohol, emulsifying wax and steareth-2. Triethanolamine and steareth-2 are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, according to Cosmetics Info. Emulsifying wax is a man-made wax. Cetyl alcohol can also be a lubricant, according to Dermadoctor.com.
Antistatic agents are those ingredients that keep static electricity down in a compound and on the surface where it is applied. The two antistatic agents in this lotion are distearyldimonium chloride and stearamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate, according to Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.
Preservatives are those additives that keep a product from spoiling due to excess growth of bacteria, mold and fungi. There are three preservatives in the original strength Gold Bond Medicated Lotion: methylparaben, propylparaben and imidazolidinyl urea. The parabens do not release formaldehyde and are gentler to the skin than imidazolidinyl urea, which does release formaldehyde, according to Cosmetics Cop.
Hydrators keep the skin hydrated and provide a barrier. The hydrators in this lotion are propylene glycol and glycerin. Glycerin can be pore-clogging in high concentrations, according to Dermadoctor.com.
Cleansing agents keep skin clean. Steareth-21 is a cleansing agent in Gold Bond Lotion that also works as an emulsifier and a surfactant to help the ingredients glide well across the skin, according to Cosmetics Info.
Skin conditioners are agents that help keep skin healthy, smooth and soft. There are three skin conditioners in Gold Bond Lotion: petrolatum, tocopheryl acetate and aloe vera gel. Petrolatum can also be a skin protector, according to Cosmetics Cop. Tocopheryl acetate is a natural antioxidant, and aloe vera gel restores skin’s supple nature, according to Cosmetics Info.
Binders help keep a compound bound together. Disodium EDTA, according to Cosmetics Info, is the binding agent for Gold Bond Lotion.
Emollient agents are ingredients that keep softness in the skin and hydrate. Stearyl alcohol is the emollient in this lotion, which also keeps the other ingredients intact while in the formula.
T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.