Eucerin’s origins can be found in a nineteenth-century pharmacy in Hamburg, Germany, one that was owned and operated by the apothecary Paul C. Beiersdorf.
In 1882 Paul C. Beiersdorf applied for a patent for a new type of medical dressing and in so doing founded the Beiersdorf Company. Eight years later, he sold the business to fellow pharmacist Oscar Troplowitz who began to manufacture products under the Beiersdorf brand name. Close cooperation with pioneering dermatologist Paul Gerson Unna meant that these products were inspired by and based on the very latest research of skin.
In the year 1900, young chemist Isaac Lifschütz filed a patent for an emulsifying agent, which he named Eucerin – inspired by the old Greek word for “the beautiful wax.” Dr. Lifschütz’s development of Eucerit can be seen as one of the important medical revolutions of its time. Eucerit became the technological basis for the development of the first stable water-in-oil emulsions. It also became the foundation of all other contemporaneous Beiersdorf products. Professor Unna was particularly impressed with the properties of the ointment that resulted from that medical revolution.
This decade saw the creation of the first line of Eucerin products for use on all kinds of skin, and especially for sensitive skin. So it was in the ’70s that Eucerin established a holistic program to sustain and protect its customers’ skin health. Eucerin products are recommended today by doctors worldwide for a range of skin issues, due to how well the skincare line is tolerated by consumers, and the high degree of efficacy and skin protection provided by the Eucerin line of products.