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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 Bepanthol Bepantriz Dexpantenol Bimex Panthenol Nano Bạc Cremorlab SKIN RENEWAL Toner T.e.n. Cremor Genom Dermon Creme GoodnDoc Hydrat B5 KAMINOMOTO Hair Tonic Gold Kalahari Alpha Lipoic Complex With Astaxanthin MBK Clinical Skincare Solutions B5 Serum Melano Pharma Melanthenol Cream Nard Deep Moisture Cream Needs Face Creme Demaquilante Parkville Pharmaceuticals Shaan Rejuvenation Cream Smooth É Extra Intensive Formula Hair Serum Vano Vano Cream 1004 Laboratory ATVT Panthenol V-Shield Cream 1004 Laboratory ATVT Panthenol V-Shield Skin Toner 2Sol Cica Youth Toner A'pieu Bad Vita Cream A'pieu pH Balancing 18 Moisture Cream AA Cera Wrażliwa Krem Intensywnie Nawilżający Ada tina Nutribalm Lipid Replenish Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Serum Alcina Style Schutzschild Heat Protection Spray Anaplasis Eye Serum Puffiness & Dark Circles Andalou Naturals Brightening Clementine + C Illuminating Toner Answer19 Cica Panthenol Ampoule Answer19 Cica Panthenol Cream Answer19 Cica Panthenol Mist Apolosophy Active+ Vitamin C Serum Atopalm Panthenol Cream Atopalm Panthenol Cream Atopalm Soothing Gel Lotion Ausceuticals Retinol Serum Ausceuticals Retinol Serum (Reformulated And Now In Airless Packaging) Avoskin Your Skin Bae Panthenol 5% + Mugwort + Cica Serum B. Skincare Hydrating Face Mist BABOR Retinol Smoothing Toner BANOBAGI Vita Genic Jelly Mask Cica BANOBAGI Vita Genic Jelly Mask Pore Tightening BANOBAGI Vita Genic Jelly Mask Vitalizing BOGNA SKIN Rose Tonic “The Wild Rose” Bakel Q10-B5 S.O.S. Sensitive Skin Balea Med Ultra Sensitive Fusscreme Balea Med Ultra Sensitive Panthenol Körperbalsam Bassa Toner Bayer Bepanthol Face Cream Bayer Bepanthol Face Cream Moisturization & Regeneration Daily Care Be Minimalist Vitamin B5 10% Moisturizer Be Minimalist Vitamin B5 Moisturizer