Cosmetics companies have been using D-Panthenol for over 60 years to treat dermatological conditions ranging from superficial abrasions to dermatitis, and it is still touted as one the best ingredients for treating skin conditions and maintaining healthy skin.
Let’s face it, we all want beautiful, healthy glowing skin so when we begin to notice the slightest changes in our skin that suggests that there’s a problem, perhaps it’s time to add a Vitamin B5 supplement to our diet; as well as use beauty products that contain D-Panthenol (a pre-vitamin to Vitamin B5).
Creams, lotions, and salves containing D-Panthenol can possibly reduce the immediate need to see a dermatologist because of its fast acting healing ability.
D-Panthenol rapidly penetrates the skin creating a complex chain of bio-chemical events that begin the process of forming new, beautiful skin. Here’s how it works:
The Bio-Chemical Reaction
D-Panthenol bio-converts to pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) and is widely distributed throughout all cells in the body in the form of co-enzyme-A (CoA).
CoA is essential because it influences the synthesis of fatty acids. And although we tend to cringe when we think of fat, we need fatty acids because they provide fuel for our cells, which means that they produce energy and promote new cell growth. We also need fatty acids because they are important components of lipid molecules that are found in our skin, and one of the most important lipids for skin is the lipid bilayer.
The Lipid bilayer surrounds the stratum corneum (the outer layer of skin) and acts as a barrier to separate internal skin cells from the outside environment. Another equally important role of the lipid bilayer is that it increases moisture retention within the skin-this is why D-Panthenol is so effective at treating skin disorders.
D-Panthenol is a natural humectant so it pulls in water from the atmosphere, and in addition, it promotes moisture retention. Therefore, it’s doing both, attracting more water to the skin while simultaneously locking in that moisture.
This one little powerhouse of a vitamin applied topically, might just be the “holy grail” for many troublesome skin maladies. I’ve listed a few of the benefits that “water-in-oil” emulsion based beauty products containing D-Panthenol will help to correct.
The Beautiful Skin Benefits of D-Panthenol
- Minimizes aging of the skin. Again, retaining that moisture beneath the skin helps to smooth out the outer layer of skin and decrease those those annoying fine lines and wrinkles.
- Relieves itching in mild cases of the following conditions: eczema, infant diaper rash, poison ivy/oak, and insect bites/stings.
- Reduces scarring
- Reduces rough skin and inflammation caused by sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).
- Treats lesions in the mucous membrane.
Need I say more? The next time your skin is looking “blah” or you develop a rash from using harsh SLS based products, reach for the natural beauty products containing D-Panthenol to get beautiful, quick relief.