Neosporin is a brand that produces antibiotic products. Its most popular product is an antibiotic ointment which is commonly used to help in the healing of wounds, and to prevent infection. Neosporin is very popular in the United States. The original ointment contains three different antibiotics in a base of cocoa butter, cottonseed oil, petroleum jelly and other components. The active antibiotics are neomycin, polymyxin B and bacitracin. The generic name for these three antibiotics together, regardless of the base used, is "triple antibiotic ointment." Neosporin is a brand name that uses a specific, patented compound of these base ingredients. Neosporin ointment also comes with pain relief, and as a cream rather than an ointment. It is also available "for kids."
Neosporin also comes in a "Neo to Go" spray which is marketed as a first aid antiseptic and pain relieving spray in a crush-resistant container. There is also a Neosporin wound cleaner for children that is advertised as a sting-free, instant foaming cleanser for children's cuts and grazes.
Neosporin contains three antibiotics, but it was found that many people are sensitive to neomycin, so the company brought out a product called Polysporin, which contains only bacitracin and polymyxin B. It is generally used for the same sorts of things as Neosporin.
The Neosporin brand is not commonly available on the UK market, but many people import it from the United States as it has proved popular with those who are prone to cuts and grazes and worried about infections.