Like the shampoo in the same range, Eucerin DermoCapillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment contains a combination of urea, lactate, and polidocanol to relieve itchiness and flakiness caused by dry skin conditions.
However, unlike the shampoo, this is a leave-in treatment that also contains liquorice extract for extra soothing action.
Dry and itchy scalp affects many people with a skin condition such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. In these cases, regular shampoos, conditioners, and soaps, can worsen dryness due to the colours, fragrances, and preservatives they contain that strip essential oils from the skin. It is important to use treatments that are free of irritants.
This scalp treatment blends the skin-replenishing ingredients of urea and lactic acid, which are both natural substances produced by the body, but which are often lacking in people with a skin condition. They help to regulate moisture levels, locking in water and preventing excessive dehydration of the skin. As these substances are replenished, the scalp is intensively moisturised and becomes smoother and less itchy.
At the same time, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the liquorice extract protect skin cells against UV-radiation and sun-induced damage caused by free radicals. Together with the anaesthetic effect of the polidocanol, skin redness and inflammation is eased.
This non-sticky treatment is well tolerated, even on very dry and sensitive scalps, and can be used by children over 3-years old.
The ingredients in Eucerin DermoCapillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment are:
This scalp treatment can be used daily on wet or dry scalps. Apply it in the morning and evening, as necessary. It is best used in conjunction with a shampoo formulated for dry, itchy scalps.
Apply the liquid directly to the scalp, by separating the hair and exposing the scalp skin. Spread all over the scalp, but pay special attention to the driest areas. Use the tips of your fingers to massage the treatment gently into the scalp. Leave it in and style your hair as usual – do not rinse off.
Eucerin DermoCapillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment should be kept out of the reach and sight of children. When using, avoid contact with the eyes. It is designed for use on the scalp only.
If you are hypersensitive to any of the ingredients, find an alternative treatment. Should you experience a skin reaction on the scalp, stop using it and consult your doctor or pharmacist.
No known side effects exist with using Eucerin DermoCapillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment. There are no interactions reported with other medicines.
HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find clinical evidence for the benefit of Eucerin DermoCapillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment in psoriasis. However, the product contains urea, lactic acid, glycerol and lauromacrogols.
In psoriasis, topical urea has been shown to increase epidermal water content and reduce the loss of water across the skin surface when measured shortly after application (1). A 10%-concentration of urea has also been shown to reduce scaling and redness of psoriatic plaques when compared to the same ointment without urea (2).
Lactic acid also works partly by attracting and binding water, as one of the components in the so-called natural moisturising factor (3), and glycerol has similar properties. In dry skin conditions, including psoriasis, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which can worsen the disease symptoms (4).
The scalp treatment also contains lauromacrogols. In a leave-on combination product containing lauromacrogols has been shown to reduce itch, when applied 3 times per week for 4 weeks in people with dry and itchy scalp conditions (5).
For people with Eczema
HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find clinical evidence for the benefit of Eucerin DermoCapillaire Calming Urea Scalp Treatment in people with atopic dermatitis. However, the product contains some ingredients that are known to be important for normal skin function. For instance glycerin, which serves as an humectant helping attract and bind water in the skin.
The product also contains urea, which is an important component of the epidermis where it serves to keep healthy skin hydrated by attracting and binding water as a part of the skin’s natural moisturising factor (6). In dry skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis, water loss from the upper skin layer is linked to a reduced skin barrier function, which can worsen the disease symptoms (4).
Furthermore, studies have shown in atopic dermatitis, that the use of urea containing emollients (either 5% or 10%) can reduce disease severity by about 20% after 42 days (7).
The product also contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is also a part of the skin’s natural moisturising factor, the level of which has been shown to be reduced in eczematous compared with healthy skin (3).
Finally, the product contains lauromacrogols. In people with dry and itchy scalp conditions, a leave-on combination product containing lauromacrogols, lactate and urea applied to one half of the scalp 3 times per week for 4 weeks, was shown to significantly alleviate scalp dryness and itching (5).