Basic Information: What is Canesten Clotrimazole Athlete’s Foot Cream?

Canesten Clotrimazole Athlete’s Foot Cream manufactured by Bayer is up for review here. This cream is designed to fight yeasts and dermatophytes that cause fungal infections. This broad-spectrum cream can be used on many different fungal infections without knowing what sort of infection you have.


  • 500 mg Clotrimazole (10mg/g)
  • Benzyl alcohol (2%)

Clotrimazole, an antifungal agent, interferes with the cell membranes of fungi or yeast. It stops them from producing a chemical called ergosterol, which is an essential component of cell membranes and without it, holes are left in the membrane. Important parts of the fungal cells seep out through the holes, killing it in the process. This is how the infection is treated. Benzyl alcohol is a preservative.


The infected area must be cleaned and well dried before the application of the cream. Apply a small amount of cream thinly and gently rubbed in two to three times every day. To avoid spreading the infection, you should clean your hands following application of the product. The cream should be used for the duration that symptoms occur and should be used for at least 2 weeks after symptoms disappear; this ensures the infection does not returned.


The cost of this cream may differ from one retailer to another. It cannot be bought from Bayer directly and so there is no standard retail price to go by. An online Australian retailer called Priceline sells a 50g (approx. 1.8oz) tube of Canesten Clotrimazole Athlete’s Foot Cream for $12.99 (AUD).

What to Expect

Whatever is in this seems to work really well. Within just a couple of days of using it, I discovered the infection was gone but I kept using it anyway for another 2 weeks like it said and the infection has not reoccurred. I did not experience any side effects but that does not mean that someone else would not. It worked for me anyway so it might work for others too.

Keep an Eye Out

Your Athlete’s Foot should begin clearing up within seven days. If this does not happen then you should seek medical advice as the product may not be working for you or you may need to use it differently. If you suffer from sensitivity or an allergy to any of the ingredients in the product then you should avoid using Canesten Athlete’s Foot Cream. If you have a reaction to this cream and irritation of the skin occurs, you must stop using it if the reaction is severe and seek medical advice. Irritation may be similar to some of the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot so monitor yourself closely. Irritation can include stinging, burning, redness, itching, rash, peeling or blistering.

Manufacturer’s Commitment

There is no mention of a guarantee on offer and this may be because the cream is not being returned to Bayer directly as it is not purchased from them to begin with. Individual retailers may offer a refund on returned creams but it seems unlikely. If the product was unopened then it is possible that a retailer will be willing to accept its return. The Canesten website has no reviews concerning this product but the active ingredient, clotrimazole is usually positively received, as it is quite effective. Satisfaction with this specific product is unknown, even after extensive research.

The Bottom Line

This product has few pros but many cons. First of all, the product does work as it is supposed to as the active ingredient acts quickly and effectively to kill the infection. The directions make it easy to use and it is clearly explained why you must continue to use the product after the symptoms have been cleared up. However, Canesten Clotrimazole Athlete’s Foot Cream has a number of downfalls. The amount of product received for the example price above is more expensive than similar products on the market. There is also no guarantee or customer reviews, and the manufacturer does not list the ingredients and side effects. The information provided by the manufacturer is very limited and this would worry any sensible consumer, as it is difficult for them to know just what they are buying.

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