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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
I'm a Pharmacist by training and have always suffered from dry skin, especially in the Winter when the relative humidity drops or after having my hands in water for extended periods. As a Pharmacist, I had access to and tried virtually every OTC moisturizer and skin remedy. None really worked OR they made my hands greasy all day. Also as a Pharmacist, I had access to non-prescription ointments and creams generally unknown to the public but used to "compound" dermatological prescriptions. I tried a cream then called "Acid Mantle" and now sold as Amantle Skin Restorer (available through Amazon.com for $87/pound). It is a wonderful product that simulates natural sebum (your own skin wax), plus it is slightly acidified that is protective to human skin. Best of all, it becomes invisible on your skin ... it does not feel greasy after a few minutes. BUT $87/pound is a lot of money! The price had nearly doubled a few years ago.

While searching Amazon's site, that provides a wealth of free information, I came across this product as an alternative, and at about 40% the price of Amantle/Acid Mantle. I tried it and found it to be 95% as good. I subtract the 5% because Risabal appears to be slightly "thinner" to me.

If you suffer from dry skin, give this stuff a try! It does NOT require a prescription and your drug coverage may or may not pay for it (unless your doctor will prescribe it for you), but the relief is worth the price. REMEMBER, this product is not designed to be antibacterial. If your skin is cracked and/or bleeding, you need to address the issue of infection FIRST, before using this cream. I find that a one pound jar lasts me 12-18 months. I generally apply it liberally all over my hands at bedtime, and as needed after washing or cooking during the day.

DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT WORK FOR ANY COMPANY AND AM NOT BEING PAID TO RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT. I AM SIMPLY A SUFFERER WHO USES IT AND FINDS IT BENEFICIAL!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
I have been using Amantle (formerly known as Acid Mantle) for years and it is the best product I have found for dry, cracked skin. However, the price has kept going up and up and the least expensive 16 oz. jar I've found is now around $120.00, which I consider to be too expensive for the product. I saw this product listed next to the Amantle, and thought I'd give it a try. I noticed the other reviewer was a pharmacist, which I am also. I agree with the other reviewer, this product is very, very similar to the Amantle. It feels and smells the same. After a few weeks, it seems to work the same also. I would highly recommend this product!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
I have used acid mantle for 45 years plus and this product(Risabal-Ph cream) does not have the emoliant characteristics as acid mantle-- renamed amantle cream. It it doing a moderate job on my skin--not the same as acid mantle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2013
Great product, replaces acid mantle at a much lower cost. Use it every night for softer skin. I'll continue to purchase as long as price remains within reason.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2013
acid mantle has not been available for several months from the producers. i have tried several alternates; nothing worked until i found risabal. it is just as effective as a mantle thank god! i have excema on my hands. ps ifound one jar of amantle on amazon for 450 dollars! an entrepeneur no doubt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
This cream does a great job of clearing/preventing that dry "winter skin." As someone who used Acid Mantle -- lately called "AManlte" -- for decades, I was very disappointed to discover that its price has risen to three to four times what I paid for RisaBal-ph Cream. RisaBal does the job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
This stuff is awesome!!! In my profession I wash and use anti-bacterial hand gel-my hand's hurt and crack-1 time I put this on and it was instant relief. over time my hands started to heal and are back to my normal soft hands- I could only get in my phar but now I can get here- shipped very fast
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
I use this on my face and other tender areas. It's just like the old acid mantle--very soothing and comforting--at a fraction of the cost. I recommend it to anyone with sensitive and allergic skin. It's so helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
Acid Mantle cream is currently off the market and had risen in price from $ 30 to $ 100 a pound jar. This has almost the exact ingredients and works well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
not too thick; not too thin. I've been using A-Mantle for a long time and couldn't find any, so I tried this product and so far it's "great"
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