How Does Carmol 40 Lotion Help Dry Skin?


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Carmol 40 lotion is a topical debriding agent that softens skin by shedding hard, dry skin so that healthier skin underneath is revealed. Carmol 40 cream contains both emollients and keratolytics that work together to treat rough, dry skin.

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Carmol 40 lotion consists of emollients such as lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum and dimethicone. It also contains keratolytics including lactic acid, salicyclic acid and urea.

Dry skin is caused by a loss of moisture in the outer layer of skin. Emollients soften skin and decrease flaking and itching. The emollients in Carmol 40 form an oily layer over the skin that helps to hold moisture in.

The keratolytics in the Carmol 40 formula exfoliate the skin by dissolving the keratin that holds the outer layer of skin cells together. The loss of dead skin cells allows healthy skin cells to retain more water which moisturizes skin.

Carmol 40 is used for treating hyperkeratotic conditions such as dermatitis, dry skin, ichthyosis, keratosis pilaris and eczema. The cream is applied to the skin and nails. Sensitive areas such as the lips, inside the nose and groin area should be avoided. Water is needed for most moisturizers to work properly, so apply Carmol 40 after showering when the skin is still damp. Do not apply Carmol 40 to chapped or broken skin.

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