My Penetrex Pain Relief Cream Review – Is It Any Different?
It’s time for my Penetrex Pain Relief Cream review – a product that is super popular right now.
Well, I will have to be honest
- Penetrex is a pretty good cream
- But as a joint remedy – it’s pretty weak
Why? Because it’s a cream. And creams in general don’t do much:
- they only mask the pain for a few hours (at most)
- and you have to reapply them 7-8 times a day
So if you want to waste time and money for a minor relief, choose a cream!
But before I give you any alternative, let me tell you everything you need to know about Penetrex – based on my experience, not on general health claims.
Note: This review is based only on my experience with this cream, so it may or may not agree with other reviews you find. I am not trying to praise/criticize the product or its company, I am simply telling my opinion about it.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Pain Relief Cream from Penetrex
Quantity : 2 oz
Best Actual Price: $19.95
Where I Bought It From: Ebay
Designed For: Joint pain in general.
It can work for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – because it doesn’t have any special ingredients.
My Rating: 7.00 / 10.00
Worth The Price?: Not really. It’s better than most creams, but it’s still very weak in terms of relieving pain:
- You have to reapply it every 2-3 hours – which is really uncomfortable
- It doesn’t even decrease the pain significantly – even if you apply a thick layer
So it’s not a bad cream at all, but it’s a weak product overall.
In my opinion, it’s definitely not worth $20 (not that any cream does). So I would strongly advise you to try this supplement for the money – there’s a huge difference.
What I Liked
- Super light (no greasiness)
- Soaks in completely after 10 minutes
- It’s not fragrance free as they said, but it has a very light smell (it can almost go unnoticed)
- The effect lasts longer than most creams (about 3 hours in my case)
- Most of its ingredients are natural, classic substances
- One of the best creams I tried (though pretty weak compared to supplements)
What I Didn’t Like
- The doses aren’t mentioned anywhere
- Pretty expensive
- It only improves the symptoms, not the cause of the pain
- You need to apply it for a few days before you see any effect
- It has to be applied 6-7 times a day to keep the pain at a lower level
Is there another product I recommend instead? Yes, but it’s not a cream – it’s a supplement.
Creams are pretty useless on the long term:
- they don’t repair the joints in any way
- they only mask the pain for 1-2 hours
Now – Penetrex is a bit better than most creams, but it has the same problems. That’s why I can’t possibly recommend it – it’s uncomfortable and expensive for what it does.
So my advice for you is to try a supplement – turmeric is the best herb for joint pain, so that’s what I recommend.
The following pills are easy to take and they work both on the inside and on the outside:
- They relieve the pain
- But also treat the real cause behind
So if you want a long term solution, that’s what I use.
Why I Don’t Recommend Creams (Including Penetrex)
I never believed in lotions and creams – at least not when it comes to joint pain. Why? I have 5 major reasons:
- they only treat the symptoms, not the real cause
- the relief is pretty short (1-2 hours)
- you have to reapply it up to 10 times a day
- they’re not very cheap
- most don’t mention the quantity of ingredients
So creams are basically designed for a local treatment. If you have an injury, they are perfect – they only treat the damaged part.
But joint pain is rarely a local problem.
That’s why creams don’t do much for pain – in most cases. It does go away for a little way, but it reappears shortly after.
However, I did a quick research about Penetrex – I read several customer reviews from Amazon.
There were basically 2 types of opinions:
- positive (about 50%) – some people were praising this cream, but I noticed that most used it for bruises or injuries
- negative (about 30%) – from what I saw, most people with negative reviews had arthritis or severe pain
There were also some neutral reviews, but I couldn’t draw any conclusion from them.
So because of the reviews (mostly because of the negative ones), I decided to order this cream and give it a try. Here’s the result.
1. Looks & Texture – Different
I’m not an expert in creams and lotions, but I’ve used a few dozens.
So there are a few things I should point out about Penetrex – in terms of look and texture:
1. Non-greasy texture
That’s something pretty rare in actual creams. I could say that about 75% of the joint pain creams I used were super greasy. What do I mean by that?
- They would slip from my hand within seconds
- So I had to be very careful when applying them
- Also, I had to apply a thin layer – because a thicker one could slip
On the other hand, Penetrex is pretty light – so you can add a thicker layer anytime.
2. Gets absorbed pretty fast
Once I apply it on my skin, it takes about 10 minutes for it to soak in completely. You don’t even have to wash it afterwards:
- it doesn’t leave your skin greasy
- it simply absorbs completely
That’s something that really surprised me, in the positive way.
3. Very light smell
According to the label, Penetrex is fragrance free.
Now – I don’t really agree to that, because it has a very light fragrance. I can’t really link it with anything – it’s not natural, but it’s not sweet or spicy either.
So it’s basically not the kind of smell that would bother you – even if you are very sensitive.
But it does exist, so it’s not fragrance free. It’s only very light, so certain people may not feel it immediately.
2. How Fast It Works
I’m going to share with you some things I noticed about this cream and no one told me about. You can take them as a tip, so that you know what to expect from Penetrex:
- Doesn’t work from the start
When I received the cream and I first tried it out, I didn’t notice any major improvement. Yes, I did have the feeling that my pain decreased a bit, but it might have been just the placebo effect.
So in the first days, I got absolutely no effect from this cream – despite applying a thick layer every time.
- Gets better with time
Believe it or not, this cream started working after about a week of using it constantly. Now, what do I mean by “started working”?
Don’t imagine that it relieved all my pain after a while. It wasn’t this kind of product, believe me. But I did go from a 7 to a 6 on the pain scale. These are some pretty minor changes, but for a cream, it’s not too bad.
- Accumulates in the tissue
That’s something particular I noticed about this cream – I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am, at this point.
I believe that it has to accumulate in the tissue in order to produce an effect. That’s why you don’t feel any change in the first days. I think that it has to penetrate the skin deeply to produce any relief. After all it’s called Penetrex – does it make sense?
3. The Effect – About 3 Hours
So by now, you should know 2 things about Penetrex – compared to other creams:
- it gets absorbed faster
- keeps the pain away for longer
But for how long does it work? That’s something essential.
In my case, the best effects came after a week – the pain would go away for almost 3 hours.
That is more than I would have expected, to be honest. But I have an explanation for this:
- it stars working once it accumulates in the tissue
- as it adds up, the dose is higher
- a higher dose leads to a longer effect
So in my opinion, that’s why Penetrex’s effect is longer than in most creams.
They all work from the first time you apply them, but their effect only lasts for 1-2 hours.
However, that was only my case. I read different opinions on the internet:
- Some people said they only needed to apply it twice a day
- Others would apply it every one hour
- So I guess it depends from person to person
But in my case, I could apply it 6-7 times a day and my pain wouldn’t increase during this time.
4. The Real Ingredients
Just like any cream, Penetrex’s ingredients aren’t clearly mentioned.
The label puts together active and inactive ingredients – so if you’re not familiar with joint ingredients, it’s hard to tell what it contains.
So let me do this for you – here are the most important substances from Penetrex:
Now, these are just the main ones. There are so many active ingredients that I couldn’t possibly spell them all out here.
Besides these 6, there are some essential oils like mint and camphor.
But there’s one major problem:
- there’s no dose for any ingredient
So you can’t tell how much glucosamine or MSM this cream contains. In my opinion, that’s a big downside because the producers aren’t completely transparent.
They may add 0.001 mg of glucosamine, which is totally insignificant – and still write glucosamine on the ingredient list.
See, that’s the trick when you don’t have the clear dose. So that’s why I don’t like Penetrex from this point of view.
5. Doesn’t Relieve The Cause Of Pain
There’s a tricky affirmation that I found in the description of this product: “Formulated to address the root of the problem”.
Now, I have to be honest once again and tell you that this thing isn’t really possible.
I’m not talking only about Penetrex – I’m talking about any other cream or lotion.
- it only masks the pain
- a few percent of the ingredients get inside the joints
- it doesn’t literally treat the joints
In fact, there are very few creams that can do more than masking the pain. That’s why I don’t recommend creams in general – instead of supplements or medicines.
So honestly speaking, don’t make huge expectations from this cream:
- It does relieve some of the pain
- But it doesn’t take it away completely. Or permanently
If you don’t know much about joint pain – you will probably think that it’s extremely good.
After all, your pain decreases visibly.
But if you stop using it, does it stay decreased? I don’t think so, because it doesn’t treat the cause, it treats the symptoms.
My Verdict – Is It Worth Buying?
Short answer: Not really. It’s not a scam or a fake product, because it does work – so you should feel an improvement normally.
But it only masks the pain, instead of improving it.
How do I know?:
- Stop using it tomorrow
- And your pain will come back as strong as before
So it didn’t treat your joints in any way, not even partially.
It might be great for a minor injury – but for a chronic pain or condition, it doesn’t do anything major.
Would I buy it again?: Definitely not, even though it’s not the worst cream ever.
Here are the strong arguments I have against it (and creams in general):
- only works on the short term
- you have to reapply it 6-7 times a day (if you use another cream, up to 10 times/day)
- didn’t relieve my pain with more than 1 number
- pretty expensive for what it does ($20)
So I would definitely not pay $20 on it again – because I don’t think it’s worth it.
If you want my honest opinion, no cream is worth it:
- I never experienced any major relief from a cream
- That even though most are pretty pricey (over $20)
So I wouldn’t really advise you to treat your joint pain with creams.
Penetrex is among the few creams that I can’t strongly criticize. And even so, it’s not worth it.
So if you really want something that works – I recommend you to take a look at natural supplements. That’s what treats the cause of your pain instead of masking it.