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Also-called-like-this: Pro-Vitamin B5
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An easy-to-formulate, commonly used, nice to have ingredient that’s also called pro-vitamin B5. As you might guess from the “pro” part, it’s a precursor to vitamin B5 (whose fancy name is pantothenic acid). 

Its main job in skincare products is to moisturise the skin. It’s a humectant meaning that it can help the skin to attract water and then hold onto it. There is also research showing that panthenol can help our skin to produce more lovely lipids that are important for a strong and healthy skin barrier. 

Another great thing about panthenol is that it has anti-inflammatory and skin protecting abilities. A study shows that it can reduce the irritation caused by less-nice other ingredients (e.g. fragrance, preservatives or chemical sunscreens) in the product.

Research also shows that it might be useful for wound healing as it promotes fibroblast (nice type of cells in our skin that produce skin-firming collagen) proliferation. 

If that wasn’t enough panthenol is also useful in nail and hair care products. A study shows that a nail treatment liquide with 2% panthenol could effectively get into the nail and significantly increase the hydration of it.

As for the hair the hydration effect is also true there. Panthenol might make your hair softer, more elastic and helps to comb your hair more easily. 

Show me some proof

  • Proksch, Ehrhardt, et al. "Topical use of dexpanthenol: a 70th anniversary article." Journal of Dermatological Treatment 28.8 (2017): 766-773.
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Volume 29 (4) – Aug 1, 2007, In vitro human nail penetration and kinetics of panthenol
  • Journal of cosmetic science., 2011 Jul-Aug;62(4):361-70., Skin moisturizing effects of panthenol-based formulations.
  • Clinics in Dermatology, Volume 27 (5) – Sep 1, 2009, Common cosmeceuticals

Products with a known amount of Panthenol

Other products with Panthenol

Bepanthen Wound And Healing Ointment KAMINOMOTO Hair Tonic Gold Needs Face Creme Demaquilante 2Sol Cica Youth Toner A'pieu Bad Vita Cream A'pieu pH Balancing 18 Moisture Cream Ada tina Nutribalm Lipid Replenish Andalou Naturals Brightening Clementine + C Illuminating Toner Answer19 Cica Panthenol Ampoule Answer19 Cica Panthenol Cream Answer19 Cica Panthenol Mist Atopalm Soothing Gel Lotion Ausceuticals Retinol Serum Ausceuticals Retinol Serum (Reformulated And Now In Airless Packaging) BOGNA SKIN Rose Tonic “The Wild Rose” Bakel Q10-B5 S.O.S. Sensitive Skin Bayer Bepanthol Face Cream Moisturization & Regeneration Daily Care Bella Vita Organic Growth Protein Shampoo Bepanthen Crema Bepanthol Cream Bepanthol Hydrating Cream - Normal To Dry Skin Bielenda Botanic Spa Rituals Indian Fig Opuntia + Aloe Anti-Wrinkle Face Serum Bio Heal Panthenol Cica Blemish Cream Bioscience Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel Brickell Men's Products Daily Strengthening Shampoo For Men COMMONLABS Vitamin B5 Moisture Ampoule COSRX Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream Circadia Emergency eye lift Common Labs Vitamin B5 10.8% Moisture Ampoule Cépage Tenseur Ha B5 Cépage Tenseur Ha B5 Lifting DR DERMIS Double Power Vitamin Concentrate DR. SCHRAMMEK Herbal Care Lotion Derma E Scar Gel Derma E Scar Gel Panthenol Dermaquest Advanced B5 Hydrating Serum Dr. Ceuracle Hyal Reyouth Ampoule Dr. Jart+ V7 Toner Dr. Plante Cream R Eclat Skin London Anti wrinkle elixir serum 24k Gold Euroderm Máscara Bioderm Caballo D’Oro Eximia Hyalu Volume Complex 3D Noche Eximia Hyalu Volume Complex 3D Piel Normal A Mixta Eximia Hyalu- B Concentré Geek & Gorgeous Liquid Hydration Ghost Democracy Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer Grande Cosmetics Grandebrow Brow Enhancing Serum HD Derma Relaxcell INSTYTUTUM Flawless Hydra Mist ISDIN Cicapost