Skin Salve (formerly known as Skin Salveation) was developed in the North East of England, not too far from its roots in Durham.

For over 30 years, Skin Salve has provided the full range of personal healthcare products that can deliver relief from very difficult skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis. The products have been found to work for all skin types, and all the family.

How it all began

Skin Salve was founded in 1992 (previously known as Skin Salveation), developing products for dry skin conditions, based on the experience of local miners in a small County Durham town.

The miners had trouble with inflamed skin, mainly due to the nature of their work down the mines. They discovered a natural combination of ingredients found in coal dust, namely Sodium Silicate, that proved to be a highly successful eczema treatment.

Word soon spread amongst family, friends and the community, who discovered that a combination of natural soap with Sodium Silicate helped a whole range of conditions, including eczema and dermatitis.

The phenomenon was brought to the attention of Durham based GP Dr Stephen Randle, who conducted extensive trials with his patients which proved conclusive results.

The original soap formulation which is a natural base, but included Sodium Silicate, was having a uniquely beneficial effect on even the most extreme cases of chronic eczema and could form a vital element of effective eczema treatment.

The discovery soon caught the attention of the national media and was featured extensively on television and in the national press.

Having researched the market and realised most current creams contain skin irritants, Dr Randle began the development and patenting of a completely new range of moisturising creams, with the aim of being completely sensitiser free that would be suitable as part of a complete eczema treatment.

Further expansion

In the search for further products to support customers’ dry skin needs, Skin Salve developed a partnership with Dermasalve Sciences PLC, a Stock Market listed company, which focused on providing effective and pure skincare solutions for dry and sensitive skin types.

Complementary to the existing Skin Salve skin care program the creams are now used extensively to treat eczema.

The complete Dermasalve range of products was developed to include personal hygiene products the unique range of moisturisers that under The EU Cosmetics directive have ’no known sensitisers’.

The EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) and the UK Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations.

Now based across the UK and working with pharmaceutical specialists, Meadow Labs, of Romford Essex, we continue to develop our product range for use in busy lives.


Sustainable production

Our production facilities continuously audit our supply chain to make sure that our special, natural formulations are prepared and packed with the least impact on the environment.

The natural palm oil used in the laundry products and soaps is sourced by our manufacturing plant from approved R.S.P.O (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) growers.

Palm oil producers are certified through strict verification of the production process to the stringent RSPO Principles & Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production by accredited Certifying Bodies and can be withdrawn at any time in case of infringement of the rules and standards.

All organisations in the supply chain that use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil products are audited to prevent overselling and mixing palm oil with conventional (or non-sustainable) oil palm products.

One of the most important RSPO criteria states no primary forests or areas which contain significant concentrations of biodiversity (e.g. endangered species) or fragile ecosystems, or areas that are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural needs of local communities (high conservation value areas), can be cleared.

Other RSPO principles stipulate a significantly reduced use of fires and pesticides; fair treatment of workers according to local and international labour rights standards, and the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of any new plantations on their land.