There are many creams on the market to treat a wide range of skin disorders. The choice of cream will depend on the active ingredient of the cream and the exact nature and type of the skin condition. One of the creams that is widely used against a range of conditions is creams with urea in them. This is mostly used to treat skin conditions that are dry and/or rough such as eczema, psoriasis, corns or callus and some nail problems such as thickened nails. Urea based creams may also be used to help remove the dead tissue in some wounds in order to help wound healing. The urea in these creams is known as a keratolytic. This means that it works by increasing the moisture in the skin by softening and dissolving the horny substances (the keratin) that holds the top layer of skin cells together. By softening and dissolving these, it helps the dead skin cells fall off. It also helps the skin keep more water in, thus softening it.
There are many commercial brands, such as the Walkers Urea cream that can be used for this. It is important that all these products are used as directed by the manufacturer. All directions on the product package should be followed and if you are uncertain, then consult your health professional. Some brands need to be shaken well before they are used. The urea cream should be applied to the affected areas of the skin usually 1 to 3 times a day initially or as directed by your health professional. The cream should be rubbed in well until it is absorbed. After applying the cream, wash your hands (unless you are treating the hands!). It should only be applied to the skin only and avoiding sensitive areas such as your eyes, lips or inside your mouth. If you are unsure about the use of urea cream, then please talk to your health professional.