Panthenol is a common ingredient found in many different cosmetic products. As part of the Vitamin B5 family, panthenol is a precursor to Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid. This means that upon ingestion into the body, the substance turns into the vitamin.
B Complex vitamins are part of a series of nutrients needed for nerve function, circulatory health, tissue repair, immune function, and the list goes on. Panthenol, itself, functions as a moisturizer first and foremost.
Panthenol is a wonderful ingredient to use in many different types of cosmetic and haircare perforations. It is water soluble, therefore, is highly absorbed into the body’s tissues. It is completely safe and non-toxic.
Uses other than hair care
With its amazing moisturizing properties, panthenol is a champion in the skin care arena. It is absorbed deep into the skin layers, where it works directly in the cells to generate new tissue. Panthenol promotes skin healing, which makes it an effective weapon against wounds and skin irritations. Some doctors prescribe it for, varying skin conditions. It has applications for wrinkle treatment, burns, inflammation, and acne. Some research points to an increase in skin elasticity. One interesting fact–one of the symptoms of B5 deficiency is skin disorders.
Does panthenol really have wrinkle fighting capabilities? It is apparently absorbed deep into the cells plumping them up. This moisturizing effect may be part of the reason manufacturers like to use panthenol in moisturizing and facial creams.
Vitamin B5 is a co-enzyme of vitamin A. When these two super vitamins become a compound, they become an important part of cell metabolism. It is no wonder then that scientists use this compound to treat acne. Not only does panthenol help improve the condition of the skin, but it also seems to fight bacteria. Acne sufferers may consider trying this compound for their acne condition before they move on to products containing benzoyl peroxide.
Because panthenol nourishes cells and stimulates the growth of new tissue, it may indicate improved wound-healing ability and possible immune system support. Some studies indicate cardiovascular system support. Studies have not in extensive in this area, however the current evidence suggests the need for more research in the future.
As a hair treatment, panthenol is up there among the top ingredients for shampoos and conditioners. It penetrates the hair shaft sealing the outer layer and infusing the hair with moisture. Dirt, sebum, and dead skin cells lift away from hair follicles, eliminating one potential cause of hair loss—plugged hair follicles. Some experts believe it interferes with DHT and improves scalp circulation.