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  • Question about isododecane and Urea.

    Posted by Anonymous on April 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hello, I produce a wound salve for horses. The solution gently dissolves excessive, disfiguring tissue granulation while providing a healthy wound bed, and fast wound contraction. It’s a water soluble solution. I don’t want to add any petroleum products to the compound. It’s made with activated charcoal, and also contains alum among other ingredients. I plan to add isododecane to soften and improve the hard texture of the product. I would also like to add urea for the wound healing properties. Will urea change the texture? I’m adding isododecane, to improve spreadability.

    Do I add Urea powder to the mix with nothing else? Is it reactive with other ingredients like copper sulfate, or alum? The mix I produce is non-caustic to healthy tissue on horses. It’s too strong for humans, of course. I think the urea will help. What do you think?

    DavidW replied 9 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Bobzchemist

    April 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

    You need to disclose the formula before we can actually give advice on softness, spreadability and/or texture. 

    I don’t think anyone here has any experience with horse products, and I don’t know if human skin physiology translates to horse skin, so I can’t help with the urea question. You probably need to consult with a vet school.
  • DavidW

    April 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I actually have experience with horse and dog products, yes we do it all :)

    As Bob said we would need much more info to give you an opinion.  As far as urea changing the texture it is easy enough to find out by making a lab sample.  I don’t think it will.  The urea will readily dissolve in water if you have water in your product.  Allantoin is another good item for healing.

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