Panthenol is used in ointments and personal care products, and is able to treat skin irritations such as mild burns, sunburns, insect bites and cuts when mixed with allantoin. Other functions include improving skin hydration, reducing itching and inflammation, and accelerating healing in epidermal wounds. In some products, panthenol can be found in a spray form for easy application on cuts scrapes and burns. For personal care products, panthenol offers antimicrobial properties, which are important for controlling the growth and transmission of bacteria. Panthenol can also be found in acne treatments because of its ability to counteract bacteria.
Cosmetics / Hair Care
Panthenol is used in cosmetics and hair products to bind hair follicles, coat and seal moisture in the hair and lubricate the follicles. Because of the moisturizing effects associated with panthenol, the skin might become softer and smoother with the use of panthenol products. This ingredient is also useful for treating chemically damaged hair.