Urea cream is a non-greasy emollient or moisturiser, used to treat dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It may also be useful to treat dry skin in older adults. Check with your pharmacist if urea cream is the right option for you.
When applied to the skin, urea causes the skin to retain moisture, which helps to reduce dryness. The urea is mixed in with a moisturising base that provides a layer of oil on the surface of the skin. This helps prevent water from evaporating from the skin surface. Both actions soothe and soften the skin. Read more about emollients and moisturisers.
Urea cream is available in different strengths over the counter at a pharmacy.
- Urea 10% cream (such as HealthE urea cream®, AquaCare HP® and Nutraplus®) is commonly used to moisturize moderately dry skin.
- Urea 25% cream (Eulactol®) is used for excessively dry skin or areas of thick skin such as the heels of the foot.
Higher strengths may be prescribed by your doctor.