Urea is a keratin softener and hydrating agent that is found naturally in the epidermis. Research shows that dry skin contains up to 50% less urea than healthy skin and that regular use of urea-based emollients at the correct concentration can compensate for this deficiency and rehydrate the skin.
The new MIMS table of emollients containing urea provides at-a-glance information on products' formulation type (cream, foam cream, or balm), concentration of urea and any other active ingredients, indications, recommended frequency of application, and price. Eighteen products are currently listed.
For patients with hypersensitivity to any product ingredients, prescribers can consult the accompanying MIMS table of potential sensitising agents in emollient preparations.