Udder cream, also called udder balm or udder ointment, is a thick lotion used to soothe cows' sore udders. When farmers discovered their own hands looked healthier and felt smoother after using the product, udder cream became known as a moisturizer for cracked, chapped human skin. If you're sensitive, test the product on a small patch of skin and wait 24 hours before applying it all over.
Dry, Cracked Skin
Udder cream usually contains lanolin, petroleum jelly and other emollients, all highly moisturizing ingredients that treat dry skin. Its rich texture can take the place of night creams, body lotions and other moisturizing beauty treatments -- sometimes at a fraction of the cost. For people who work with their hands, such as farmers, mechanics, seamstresses or factory workers, the cream protects cracks in fingers and treats skin roughness. Some udder creams also contain antiseptic to help heal minor cuts and scrapes.
Those with highly active lifestyles -- like runners, bikers and other athletes -- can experience chafing and blistering, especially on the legs and feet. Udder creams have a thick, salve-like texture, which creates a barrier on the skin that can prevent tenderness. Some people also use the cream to heal irritation from mild allergic reactions or sunburn.
Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.