Venusia Max Cream Review for Eczema

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Every time I looked for Dry Skin Moisturizers, Venusia Max Cream was there in top results. I have been using Cetaphil for a really long time on a repeat basis. If you have been reading my blog, you would know that I have always been an oily skin person. It was just in my late 20s, that I introduced Retinol to my skin at the same time, my allergies got triggered due to dust and pollution, resulting in extreme skin sensitivities and I ended up with an acute Ezema flare-up. As I result, my skin became excessively dry. Since then I have been using products meant for dry skin only.

I have been using Venusia Max Intensive Moisturizing Cream for some time on my dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin and I am all set to share my experience.

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About Venusia Max Intensive Moisturizing Cream For Dry Skin To Very Dry Skin

Price: Rs.610 for 150gm

Available at Amazon, 1mg, Apollo Pharmacy, and Pharmeasy.

Product Description

It is a moisturizing cream enriched with the goodness of aloe butter, shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, and glycerine that hydrates and revitalizes your skin. The cream helps to relieve dry and dull skin. It improves the skin barrier by protecting it from dirt and pollution while keeping it hydrated.


  • Aloe butter
  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Glycerine

Purified water, Propylene Glycol, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Cety/ Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Disodium Edetate, Zinc Oxide, Fragrance.

As per all the information I have gathered on the Internet and according to customer reviews, looks like Venusia used to come with added Parabens. I am not able to find a written Ingredient list anywhere on the internet, not even on the official Dr.Reddy Venusia website. The only website that has listed the Ingredients is Apollo Pharmacy and their Ingredient list still mentions Methyl Paraben and Propyl Paraben. Some of the older customer reviews mention that the product contains parabens but the one I have clearly mentions 0% parabens. Looks like they worked on it.

How to Use

  • Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
  • Take an adequate amount of Venusia Max Moisturising Cream on your fingertips.
  • Gently massage the cream onto your face and neck in upward circular motions until it is fully absorbed.
  • Use the cream twice daily, in the morning and evening, for best results.

As mentioned on the Apollo Pharmacy website.

Review – Venusia Max Intensive Moisturizing Cream

My Skin Type: Dry with sensitive, eczema, and acne-prone skin. My dryness is a result of eczema flare-ups and allergies.

Packaging: It comes in a convenient squeezable tube with a flip cap and a nozzle to dispense the product. The packaging is easy to use, store, and travel with.

Fragrance: It has a mild baby cream sort of fragrance which I like but from a sensitive skin perspective, the Ingredient list mentions “fragrance” and it doesn’t say “allergen-free” anywhere.

My Experience with Venusia Max Cream

As usual, I start by taking a pea-sized amount and gently tap and massage all over my face after cleansing followed by a toner and a serum. I use Cetaphil gentle cleanser followed by Klairs Supple Toner and a Vitamin C Serum. I am currently using Deconstruct Vitamin C serum and is genuinely amazing.

Talking about the texture and consistency of Venusia Max Intensive Moisturizing cream. It is a thick cream but still soft in texture. Not at all runny and easy to apply.

Once I applied the moisturizer, I noticed it was making my skin super heavy and oily. Honestly, for the first 20-30 minutes that heaviness stayed and I did not enjoy that feeling. After half an hour the heaviness settled down and my skin was back to normal. Once it was settled, my dryness was soothed, and my skin felt nourished and soft to the touch. At this point, I accepted that initial heaviness as in the end, it was working on the dryness resulting in soft and supple skin.

After 4 to 5 hours of application, I notice that my skin is demanding re-application. I went ahead and applied the moisturizer again and had to sit with heaviness and oily feeling for half an hour. My skin feels so oily and sweaty during those 30 minutes that If I head out right after I apply moisturizer or involve myself in heavy physical activity, I’ll end up with heavy sweating and perspiration.

I did not mind the re-application, I did not mind the heaviness because my skin was feeling nourished and soft once it was all absorbed so I continued with Venusia cream on my sensitive skin. This is when I shared my first expressions about Venusia Moisturizer on my WhatsApp channel and IG stories.

A few days passed and with regular usage, I started feeling like my skin was feeling oily and greasy throughout the day. It was not just about initial heaviness anymore. My face looked greasy as long as the moisturizer was on my skin. I could not figure out whether the moisturizer healed my dry skin up to a level that I am only a skin person now? Or the moisturizer is way too much for my dry skin? Or is it because of the changing weather? I had no idea what was going on but I did not want to have that greasy feeling anymore.

I decided to give a break to Venusia Cream and switched to my Neutrogena Bright boost moisturizer. Honestly, my skin felt so relieved without that heaviness. I could not handle that heaviness anymore. As the day went by, I started feeling like my skin needed some moisturizer so I decided to apply Venusia Max Cream before I went to bed.

The next morning, I woke up with an oily T-zone, open pores, and a few breakouts. What just happened? The moisturizer was doing good in dryness and now suddenly I have painful acne? I realized that maybe the butter-ly formulation of this moisturizer is not for my skin. It ended up clogging up my pores.

One day, unfortunately, my skin was triggered and ended up in inflammation, redness, and rashes for some reason. I thought this was the time when Venusia Max cream should show how effective it is in healing skin and unfortunately, it did not do anything for my eczema flare-up. It did not help with allergic rashes or itching.

It does give nourishment and softness for some time but at the cost of making skin look oily and resulting in breakouts. I ultimately switched back to my Cetaphil.

A part of me wondered whether it would do good on the body so I decided to use Venusia Max Cream after my shower instead of my regular Vaseline body lotion but, the texture is not that smooth to use as a body cream and on top of that. It did not provide any sort of nourishment on my body. And no, I do not have excessively dry skin on my body.

Venusia Max Cream started well but later provided very unstable results and ultimately broke out my skin.

If you have dry or flaky skin due to a change of weather, this cream might help you in treating dryness considering you do not have sensitive skin. But, if your dryness is a result of eczema or similar conditions, then Venusia Max cream is not the solution.

On the other hand, my Mother who has dry skin in general with no skin sensitivity, absolutely loves the Venusia Max cream for her face. Touchwood, she doesn’t have any skin conditions, just regular dryness throughout the year. She says she loves the texture and is working so good for her dry skin. I guess it is a decent option if you have dry skin with no skin sensitivity at all.

I had a somewhat similar experience with Bioderma Atoderm as well. It did not lead to breakouts but that too made my skin feel heavy and oily.

I guess if your dryness is a result of eczema or because of any other allergies, Cetaphil Cream is your only option. It heals and treats dryness without being oily or heavy. It is perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin as it doesn’t contain skin-harming ingredients.

Venusia Max Cream is not best suited to treat dry skin associated with skin sensitivity, eczema, dermatitis, or similar skin allergies. It works well
only for dry-skinned people in general or to treat seasonal dryness with no skin complications. Not for acne-prone skin.

But as the season is changing and hot and humid days are around the corner, I’ll have to consider limiting the usage of Cetaphil cream as luckily, my dryness is much improved as compared to when eczema was at its peak. The problem is I don’t know what my skin wants at the moment. Dry skin moisturizers have started to feel a little on the Intense side while the oily skin moisturizers are simply not enough.

With this season change, should I go back to Neutrogena Hydro Boost or consider buying Aveeno Sensitive Skin Cream again. Tough decisions! As for Cetaphil, I will limit it to my nighttime skincare routine or for the days when my skin feels drier than usual.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Venusia Max cream good for the face?

It is, but considering you have dry skin in general throughout the year and not as a result of some skin condition. If you have sensitive and acne-prone skin, avoid it.

Is Venusia Max Cream good for sensitive skin?

From what I have experienced, Venusia Max Cream is not at all best suited for sensitive and acne-prone skin and neither it claims anywhere on the tube that it is suitable for sensitive skin.

Is Venusia cream good for eczema?

No doubt, Venusia Max Cream is an intense moisturizer but it did not help me in treating eczema flare-up. It did nothing about redness and rashes. It does work on dryness but eventually leads to heaviness and oily-looking skin resulting in clogged pores and breakouts especially if you have sensitive skin. Better stick to Cetaphil Moisturizing cream if you have eczema, dermatitis, or similar allergies.

Will I Consider Venusia’s other variant – Sensitive Skin Cream?

It does have a sensitive skin variant which comes in a jar and specifically mentions that it is for sensitive skin. But it does contain squalene which in my experience does not do well for me.

Summing Up

2 star rating
2 star rating
Venusia Max Cream unfortunately did not do well for my sensitive and acne-prone skin. It started on a good note and actually resulted in soft and nourished skin. It even worked on the dryness initially. But, with regular usage, it made my skin oily and heavy resulting in clogged pores and breakouts. It did not help much with redness, rashes, and Eczema flare-ups either. It is only suitable for dry-skinned people in general with no skin sensitivity or complications.
  • Ideal for dry skin with no skin sensitivity or complications
  • Can be used as night-time hand or foot cream
  • Works for my Mother who has dry skin with no skin problems or sensitivity
  • Made my skin feel heavy and oily
  • Resulted in clogged pores and breakouts
  • Not for sensitive and acne-prone skin
  • Did not help much in treating redness, rash, or eczema flare-ups.
  • Did not help with allergic itching
  • Required re-application for my atopic dryness and still ended up being heavy for my skin
  • Added Fragrance
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This was it for today. I hope you have found my review of Dr.Reddy’s Venusia Max Cream helpful. Let me know your experience in the comments below.

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