targets dry skin conditions, helps repair/strengthen skin moisture barrier, soothes and softens skin, reduces itching and flaking, retains and adds significant hydration, reduces inflammation, promotes healing
Urea (select 3%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%), lactic acid 5%, USP colloidal oats, glycerin, dimethicone, sodium hyaluronate, Purified HP-Licorice Complex+
Our Dryness Relief Treatment Cream delivers a well rounded array of active ingredients – all well proven to be effective for the driest of skin. Besides urea (you select the strength 3% – 20%), the lactic acid in this treatment acts as a skin moisturizer and softener (not as a peel), making it a valuable addition to this cream. This treatment is formulated to be high performing while gentle enough for sensitive skin types.
Urea is a substance that is found naturally in the skin, which by its nature is very attracted to water. It is used to help rehydrate dry, scaly skin. When urea is applied to the skin it penetrates the outer layer, known as the stratum corneum, where it readily absorbs and retains water. This increases the capacity of the skin to hold moisture, and the skin therefore becomes rehydrated. More benefits of urea – details about topical urea
Lactic acid has similar hydrating effects to urea, but it also breaks down keratin, which is a protein that forms part of the skin structure. In conditions such as chronic eczema, excessive amounts of keratin causes skin cells to harden, and makes the skin become thickened and scaly. This not only makes the skin itchy and inflamed, but also reduces the degree to which anti-inflammatory medicines can penetrate through the skin to treat the inflammation. Lactic acid breaks down this keratin, helping to shed skin cells from the area to which it is applied, resulting a softened and improved appearance of dry/scaly skin.
By rehydrating and softening the skin, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid (also in this treatment) improve the ability of other active ingredients to penetrate the skin and reduce inflammation. These ingredients therefore make other active ingredients slightly more potent.
Colloidal oats are well known and valued to soothe itching skin, irritation and reduce dry/extra dry skin because of its moisturizing and skin protectant qualities. (Oatmeal is one of the natural ingredients recognized by the FDA as a skin protectant).
Colloidal oats contain 23% oligosaccharides (carbohydrates) and 3% protein. The proteins and polysaccharides attach to the skin to provide a protective shield, while proteins build a barrier against acids and bases. Studies have shown that colloidal oats retain significantly more moisture at all humidities, gaining up to 50% more moisture at relative low humidity when added moisture is most needed.
All cream bases contain additional bioactive complexes. They deliver added soothing, antioxidant, and skin barrier enhancing benefits.
See How to Use Treatments for further instructions.
Urea (select 3%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%), lactic acid 5%, USP colloidal oats, glycerin, dimethicone, sodium hyaluronate, Purified HP-Licorice Complex
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1 oz treatment pump bottle