Hydroxyethyl Urea
(in 3,028 products)

Potential Risk Index®:

ISCE InhaleISCE SwallowISCE ContactISCE Environment
PRI Legend


1. Film-Forming Agent - Leaves a coating on the surface of skin/hair
2. Humectant - Binds with water to increase skin hydration. Also enhances water absorption of the skin
3. Surfactant - Reduces the surface tension to allow mixtures to be formed evenly. Emulsifier is a specific type of surfactant which allows two liquids to mix together evenly
Hydroxyethyl urea is a colorless and odorless. It is a derivative of Urea, which works as a strong moisturizer and humectant helping the skin to cling onto water and thus to make it hydrated and elastic. It is a synthetic version of urea designed to improve its efficacy.
Compared to glycerin, hydroxyethyl urea was found deliver comparable moisturi­zation efficacy while offering some advantages in terms of sensory perception in skin care products. Therefore, hydroxyethyl urea is believed to be an alternative ingredient of glycerin. [2]
Scientific References:
2. Peter Landa, Fiona Lam, Irina Morosov, Rita Rothman and Doreen Howard and Anja Gestmann, National Starch Personal Care, Glycerin and Hydroxyethyl Urea: Comparing Two Skin Moisturizers, 2009
Regulatory References:
1. US FDA Food Additives Status List [2018]
- Indirect Additives used in Food Contact Substances
- §175.105

Safety and Hazards (UN GHS):

1. Causes skin irritation (H315)
2. Causes serious eye irritation (H319)
3. May cause respiratory irritation (H335)

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