Allantoin Vitamin E Cream is used as a Moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations. Emollients are substances that soften and moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking.
Dry skin is caused by a loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients and Moisturizers work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin. Petrolatum, Lanolin, Mineral Oil and Dimethicone are common Emollients. Humectants including Glycerin, Lecithin and Propyleneglycol, draw water into the outer layer of skin. Many products also have ingredients that soften the horny substance (keratin) that holds the top layer of skin cells together (like Urea, Alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic / citric / glycolic acid and Allantoin). This helps the dead skin cells fall off helps the skin keep in more water and leaves the skin feeling smoother and softer.