"The Cream" is the name given by Victor Conte (see BALCO ) to a designer steroid. It is an ointment applied to the skin which contains both testosterone and epitestosterone. While testosterone is the active ingredient, an anabolic steroid, epitestosterone, is an inactive ingredient. Both are combined on purpose to beat doping tests based on the testosterone and epitestosterone ratio.
Effect on Doping Test ResultsEdit
Doping tests check for testosterone:epitestosterone levels. A normal ratio is about 1:1. For reference, the Tour de France considers 4:1 as failing, and the International Olympic Committee and the NFL considers 6:1 as failing.
The cream is often combined on "The Clear" to further increase the levels of steroids in the body.