Uses for Amlactin lotion

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Uses for Amlactin lotion
Amlactin can help soothe dry skin (natural skin care elements image by rgbspace from

Nobody enjoys having dry, scaly skin, which might be the result of the weather or associated with some medical conditions. Used in the treatment of dry skin, Amlactin lotion contains ammonium lactate, which is a combination of lactic acid and ammonium hydroxide that acts as a powerful moisturiser. It is available over the counter. According to, the minimal side effects include redness, peeling skin and skin darkening. Amlactin should not be used on the face.

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Dry skin

Many people suffer from dry skin in the summer and winter months or due to advanced age. Dry skin is the result of normally plump skin cells becoming dried out and shrivelled up. Amlactin works by hydrating and softening dry skin cells, smoothing them out. Amlactin should be applied liberally to any affected areas twice a day, taking care to rub it in completely.

Cracked heels

According to ePodiatry, cracked heels are a common problem in the winter and summer months. The heel areas can become extremely dry, resulting in cracks called heel fissures. Heel fissures can be quite deep, causing pain as the skin cracks and bleeds. Using Amlactin lotion can reduce the dryness and cracking to help heal sore heels. It should be applied liberally twice daily and rubbed in completely.

Keratosis pilaris/Ichthyosis

Keratosis pilaris and ichthyosis are both medical conditions that cause dry, scaly skin. Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition characterised by red, bumpy, sandpaper-like areas on the arms, thighs and buttocks that form from the buildup of the protein keratin around hair follicles. Ichthyosis is a rare genetic skin disease that causes the skin to be extremely dry and scaly, like fish scales. Amlactin lotion can be effective in treating both of these conditions by exfoliating the dead skin cells around the hair follicles and moisturising the dry skin. Use Amlactin lotion twice daily, making sure to rub it in completely.


Eczema is a chronic condition that affects many people and results in red, dry, bumpy, itchy patches of skin. These patches of eczema can occur anywhere on the body, but are most often located on the arms and behind the knees. Eczema often affects people with allergies or asthma. Amlactin works by soothing and moisturising the dry and irritated skin, which greatly calms the itching of eczema. It should be applied liberally twice a day.


Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases and it is thought to be hereditary. One type of psoriasis results in the formation of large, red, inflamed plaques on the skin that are covered with silvery scales. The intense itching associated with psoriasis can be quite debilitating. Applying Amlactin cream twice daily helps to relieve both the itching and dryness associated with psoriasis.

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