Information about Urea

Urea uses

Urea is used in the treatment of execessive skin dryness.

How urea works

Urea, a diamide of carbonic acid, works by dissolving the intercellular matrix (substance found between cells) which results in softening of dry and rough skin.

Common side effects of urea

Skin rash.

Available Medicine for Urea

No medicine available

Expert advice for Urea

  • Do not use urea in large amounts or for longer duration than recommended.
  • Topical formulation of urea should be used only on the skin. Do not take it internally.
  • Avoid contact with eyes, lips, and mucous membranes.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop allergic reactions: rash; difficult breathing; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Frequently asked questions for Urea


Q. Does urea cause cancer?
No. Urea does not cause cancer.

Content on this page was last updated on 10 June, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)