Ego – the science of healthy skin


A feature on the best of Australian beauty brands, wouldn’t be complete without iconic Australian company Ego Pharmaceuticals, and their belief in the science of healthy skin.

Ego was founded when a young chemist, Gerald Oppenheim, and his wife, Rae, a nurse, saw a need for products to restore and maintain healthy skin. In the laundry of their suburban Melbourne home they developed Ego Pine Tar Bath Solution, later called Pinetarsol, which remains one of Australia’s most widely used inflammation treatments today. Ever since Ego has continued to research and develop products and treatments to care for and meet the skin needs of all people.

From its inception as a family business in 1953, Ego has grown to become a world leader, producing a comprehensive skin and health care range for sale in Australia and around the world. Proudly Australian owned, Ego Pharmaceuticals has manufactured and developed innovative skincare products for over 60 years, producing specialist skincare products, backed by science.

Even if you are familiar with Ego Pharmaceuticals, here is something we bet you didn’t know – the company is named after Gerald Oppenheim and his father Erwin –  ‘Ego’.

Ego Pharmaceuticals products


Ego Pharmaceuticals manufacture and market a range of different well-known brands, from Ego skincare, to QV, Elucent, and Sunsense sunscreen. All Ego products are designed to promote healthy skin, and are backed by scientific research. Some of our favourites are:


QV Wash – a wonderful daily soap-free cleanser, that is perfect for all the family, especially anyone suffering from dry, itchy skin. It produces a light foaming action to deliver soft and supple skin. The wash is a pH balanced and low-irritant formulation that is free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol (so it is super gentle). It is suitable for sensitive skin types, sun-damaged skin and for conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. 250ml RRP $10.65, 500ml (pictured) RRP $18.15, and 1L RRP $29.95.



QV Cream is a luxuriously rich protective cream with squalene that replenishes skin to help repair dry areas of your skin, such as elbows, knees and hands. It helps to protect against dryness and helps seal in natural moisture by acting as a protective barrier. The pH 6, low-irritant formulation is free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol, so it won’t irritate your skin. The cream is suitable for skin conditions such as dry, scaly skin, winter itch, ichthyosis, xerosis, dermatitis, and for the relief of symptoms of atopic eczema and psoriasis. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. 100g (pictured) RRP $8.15, 250g RRP $13.20, 500g RRP $19.35, 1kg RRP $39.99.



It’s rare to find a daily moisturiser with a high SPF, that’s why we love Elucent Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser SPF 50+, a triple action moisturiser formulated to help minimise the signs of ageing. The potent formula helps reduce wrinkles, keep skin hydrated and improve skin texture and tone. It prevents premature skin ageing with SPF 50+ protection, and is formulated with 2 per cent glycolic acid and 2 per cent lactic acid to rejuvenate your skin, and vitamin E and B3 to help increase skin elasticity. Suitable for all skin types. Dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic. 95ml RRP $49.99.



The new formulation for Ego SunSense Ultra SPF 50+ shows us that Ultra sunscreens don’t have to be heavy to be effective. Made in Australia, for the Australian sun, the new improved lighter feel formulation is non-greasy, easily absorbed, fragrance free, and perfect for the whole family. The sunscreen offers up to 4 hours water resistance, and very high Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB protection. SunSense Ultra provides even coverage for better protection and has soothing moisturisers that care for your family’s skin as well as antioxidant Vitamin B3 to help reduce the visible signs of aging. Non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested. 50ml Roll On RRP $8.95, 125ml (pictured) RRP $10.95, 200g (tube) RRP $16.95, 500ml RRP $25.15.



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