Urea gel can effectively treat dry and rough skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, corns and callouses. Moreover, urea is commonly used by podiatrists to treat damaged and ingrown nails. Urea gel helps to remove dead tissue for proper wound care and faster wound healing. Keratolytic properties of urea increases moisture in the skin by softening and dissolving the horny substance (keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. The keratolytic effect of urea removes dead skin cells and helps the skin to retain moisture.
What is eczema?
Dry skin is a common symptom of eczema. However, eczema or atopic dermatitis is non-contagious and very different from other dry skin conditions. The exact cause of eczema is still unknown, however scientist believe genetics and environmental factors play a significant role. Eczema causes the body’s immune system to react, as if to fight an allergy. This triggers an eczema breakout with symptoms like red, itchy rashes, inflammation and scaly or dry skin.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
The skin of people who suffer from eczema produces less fat and oil than normal skin and therefore retain less water. The natural protective barrier of skin is compromised. When moisture is lost from deeper layers of the skin cracks open up between the skin cells. This causes skin to dry up and the potential allergens such as bacteria or irritants readily pass through the fissures.
Itching is the most distressing symptom of eczema. The itch–scratch–itch cycle leads to the release of histamine. This makes the itching worse and causes further damage to skin. Itching allows irritants, allergens and bacteria to enter the skin.
People suffering from eczema need to take extra precautions when using substances like soap, washing-up liquid and bubble bath. The skin can quickly becoming irritated, fissured and inflamed. These products easily remove oil even from normal skin, but for people who have eczema, the skin breaks down more rapidly. The common symptom of eczema is the tendency of skin to dry out and easily get damaged. The skin with eczema is more prone to become erythematous (red), itchy and inflamed if in contact with substances that are known to irritate or cause an allergic reaction.
Why to treat eczema with topical urea gel?
Applying topical urea gel as skincare treatments help encourage oil production, provide extra moisture and reduce the symptoms of eczema. Topical urea gel such as Bare Moisturizing Urea Gel is specifically formulated to moisturize skin, soothe inflammation and calm itching. Urea skin treatment is commonly used as an essential part of the therapy for all dry skin conditions, including atopic and contact eczema.
Urea gel soothes and relieves the itch by producing an oily layer over the skin surface which traps water beneath it. It effectively restores the natural skin’s barrier function. Applying urea gel prevents the entrance of irritants, allergens and bacteria, thereby reducing the risk of infection. Urea gel present safe and effective skin care routine to soothe, moisturize, and protect the skin. This helps to reduce the frequent eczema flares.
Why is topical urea gel so effective in treatment of eczema?
The concentration of urea in healthy skin is 28 mg per square inch. For patients suffering from xerotic/ dry skin conditions the concentration of urea in skin is dramatically reduced. According to a study it reduces up to 40% for people with psoriasis and by up to 85% for eczema patients. Replenishing the skin with urea is therefore considered a successful treated for xerotic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Urea gel has hydrating effects. It is strongly hygroscopic (water-loving). It draws and retains water within skin cells. The moisturizing effect prevent water loss from the epidermis (upper layer of skin) resulting in softer and more supple skin. It regenerates the skin natural protection barrier. The keratolytic effect of urea softens the horny layer so it can be easily removed from the surface of the skin. Urea generates anti-pruritic activity based on local anaesthetic effects. This effectively suppresses itching and scratching cycle. Urea has penetration-assisting effects. Applying urea gel can increase the penetration of other substances, e.g. corticosteroids. This increases skin hydration and provides further relief from eczema symptoms.
When and how to apply topical urea gel?
Urea gel can be applied every 5 to 7 hours (or as directed by your doctor) to treat dry skin, prevent cracks and repair the skin barrier. It makes people suffering from eczema feel more comfortable and less itchy. When urea gel is used properly as a daily skin care regime it can actively treat eczema. Rub the urea gel well until absorbed. You must wash your hands after applying the urea gel unless it is part of hand treatment.
You should apply urea gel to the affected skin or nails only. Sensitive areas such as your eyes, lips, inside your mouth/nose, and other internal areas should be well avoided.
Take proper care of hygiene. It is advised to pat dry the affected skin as opposed to harsh rubbing. Set the bedroom temperature low. Sleeping in a comfortable and cool room suppresses itching during sleep. A hot and humid room should be avoided. Avoid the skin contact with rough seams. Wearing cotton clothing is good for skin and prevents it from becoming too hot. Avoid allergy triggers such as pollen, grasses, animal dander, house dust mites, insects, mold, food, medication, latex and sand pits.
You can use Bare Urea Gel as directed on the product package. Consult your doctor for expert advice on how to manage and treat eczema prone skin. Podiatry specialists recommend Bare Moisturizing Urea Gel to treat eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.