Glycerol/Glycerin is simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. You will find Glycerol backbone in lipids, known as glycerides. It is widely use in FDA approved wound, due to presence of antimicrobial and antiviral properties
How it works?
Glycerin is useful for every type of skin but it soothes amazingly dry skin.
Cause of dry skin happens due to loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients/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. Emollients are substances that soften and moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking. Some products (e.g., zinc oxide, white petrolatum) are used mostly to protect the skin against irritation (e.g., from wetness).
Regular use of glycerin, draw water into the outer layer of skin.
Many products also have ingredients that soften the substance (keratin) that holds the top layer of skin cells together (including 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.
This medication is used as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations (e.g., diaper rash, skin burns from radiation therapy).
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Most moisturizers need water to work well. Apply the product after bathing/showering while the skin is still damp. For very dry skin, your doctor may instruct you to soak the area before using the product. Long, hot, or frequent bathing/washing can worsen dry skin.