Think expensive manicures will ensure beautiful, healthy nails? Think again! The truth is that your nails, just like your hair and skin, require the proper nourishment to maintain their strength and luster. So if you want to make sure that your fabulous mani doesn’t end up ruined because of cracked or chipped nails, start supplementing and/or purchasing beauty products with biotin and panthenol, which are vitamins from the Vitamin B Complex family.
The Stuff Nails are Made of!
Nails are made from keratin so they also thrive on protein just like your hair. Protein nourished nails are longer, stronger, and less likely to break. The good news is that getting the right nail nourishment is as easy as supplementing or applying a biotin/panthenol packed nail strengthener to your beauty regimen.
Biotin and Panthenol –A Power Packed Duo for Nail Growth
Biotin (vitamin B7) aids in metabolizing fats to create cell energy and more importantly, biotin is greatly needed to produce keratin, which is a major component of your nails. Keratin gives your nails both structure and strength, which are critical in terms of reducing breakage and chipping. However, while keratin plays a major role in nail growth, it’s not the only component that is needed to sustain that growth, which is where panthenol comes into play.
Panthenol is a perfect ingredient to use to sustain healthy nails due to its naturally high affinity to keratin. Because panthenol is a humectant, it attracts moisture to the nail bed, which ensures a balance of keratin (which is hard) and moisture (which is a softener) in your nail bed-think hair! Just like your hair needs both moisture and protein to sustain growth, so does your nails. Panthenol quickly penetrates the nail bed and makes your nails more flexible and less rigid. Flexible, less rigid nails translates to longer nails.
So, whether you’re supplementing with biotin or panthenol, eating foods that contain them, or just applying them topically, your nails will certainly benefit and you just might get another added benefit of saving money because your manis will last longer.
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 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.
Learn more about how D-Panthenol helps your hair and nails.
Panthenol is a part of the Vitamin B family and is technically a provitamin, which means that it has to be converted (through the metabolic process) into a vitamin. When metabolized, panthenol becomes pantothenic acid, which is also known as Vitamin B5. Because pantothenic acid is found in every living cell, it is essential for healthy cell health.
Why Your Body Need Pantothenic Acid
One of the reasons pantothenic acid is essential to good health is because it helps to regulate the adrenal glands, which, when performing properly, ensures a healthy libido and helps you to manage stress by regulating the steroidal hormones. Another reason your body needs pantothenic acid, and perhaps the most important reason, is that pantothenic acid energizes your cells. Consequently, when you’re feeling tired or sluggish, something as simple as popping a B Complex vitamin (which includes Vitamin B5) might just give you the energy boost you need.
How does Pantothnic Acid Jump Starts Those Cells?
Pantothenic acid is a critical part of an important enzyme called co-enzyme A (CoA). CoA is essential because simply put, it is found in all living cells and aids in converting fatty acids into energy. All cells need energy to function or perform their jobs properly. And since pantothenic acid is naturally found all over your body, it needs to be occasionally replenished to ensure that those cells are performing well. But the benefit of this powerhouse vitamin doesn’t stop there.
In addition to all of the good things pantothenic acid does for you internally, it also has some incredible benefits when applied topically in its provitamin form- panthenol.
Panthenol in Beauty Products
Since the late 1940s, cosmetics companies have been using panthenol in the provitamin form of either D-Panthenol or DL-Panthenol to formulate high performing beauty products. D-Panthenol is specifically designed for cosmetics products that have a range of pH 4 and pH 7. When reading the ingredient list of a product, you’ll probably see either D-Panthenol or DL-Panthenol used as the INCI name.
D-Panthenol can be readily metabolized and it bio-converts into pantothenic acid when applied topically; whereas, L-Panthenol cannot bio-convert. However, both forms are effective in formulating highly moisturizing beauty products that have astounding results on hair, skin and nails. Needless to say, it’s not surprising that panthenol is a “major player” in the beauty industry. In fact, it is such a significant ingredient for beauty that it‘s one of the few “miracle” beauty ingredients that has been given a nickname- “the natural beautifier.” So what’s the magic in this power-packed vitamin that makes it so incredible?
Panthenol and Your Hair
Panthenol strongly attaches to the hair cuticle and deeply penetrates the cortex. As noted above, the D-Panthenol form also bio-converts to pantothenic acid so you get “two-for-one” in that you get an internal vitamin boost, while externally giving your hair and scalp the nutrients they need for the following results:
Nourishes and Conditions the Hair-because panthenol actually bio-converts to pantothenic acid in the hair, cosmetics companies can make the claim that it nourishes the hair, which is no small feat. The “hair nourishment” claim was accepted by the National Advertising Division (NAD) Council of the Better Business Bureau.
Strengthens hair roots and hair shaft
Activates pigment stimulation-possibly reducing the production of gray hair
Improves scalp inflammation from eczema and psoriasis
Regenerates hair follicle cells
More luster and sheen in the hair
More flexible and healthier hair
Provides Long Lasting Moisture-especially when consistently applied over a period of time.
Reduced split ends
Greatly retains moisture in hair
Less hair breakage when applying thermal heat
Makes Stronger Hair and Prevents Breakage-whether your tresses are natural (virgin) or chemically treated, panthenol ladened products will greatly reduce breakage due to its ability to normally increase keratin production.
Less split ends
Protects chemically treated hair, i.e. permed or colored, from breakage
With this kind of impact on your hair, it’s no wonder this powerhouse nutrient has the nickname, “The Natural Beautifier.” If it’s that great for hair, hmm….can’t wait to see what it does skin and nails?
While perusing through youtube, I recently discovered many youtube videos regarding women using miconazole nitrate, to grow their hair. Miconazole nitrate is the active ingredient in the monostat family of products that are used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
My first thought was hmmm…this must be a joke. However, as I continued to explore youtube, there were a great number of women, both black and white, making the claim that miconazole nitrate really did grow their hair. But the most intriguing aspect of the videos was the fact that all of them kept a straight face-smiling only when they referred to their miracle cream as “coochie or cooty cream.” Yep! They knew it was for that area and they still wanted to put it on their scalp, which really got my attention.
So, in keeping with my curious nature, I decided to ask the chemist (my husband Joe) to write an article explaining how miconazole nitrate can make the hair on your head grow. Unfortunately, he decided to become the consummate gentleman, and blushingly declined the offer.
He went on to say that he didn’t want to write an article discussing the active ingredient that is widely known to give relief to an area that is too embarrassing to discuss publically. He reasoned that he was not a medical doctor and preferred to let those trained in that area of medicine address that delicate topic.
So I reasoned that since I was a Certified Holistic Health Coach, it was well within my expertise to dig a little deeper on this subject, and here is what I found.
All About Miconazole Nitrate
Miconazole Nitrate is an antifungal agent that is used to treat yeast infections, oral thrush in babies, athlete’s foot, ringworms, jock itch, and angular chelitis-basically it is used topically and orally on any moist area where fungus or yeast tends to grow. OK, so I get that it treats fungus that grows in moist areas, but how on earth does that transfer over to increased hair growth on your scalp?
The Science of Why it Works
Well, I wasn’t the only one curious about the science behind how an anti-fungal agent could actually make your hair grow. The idea of using monistat products for hair growth was so popular that it also peaked the interest of Myfox Houston, a local news station in Houston, Texas. In January of this year, they released their own news clip video to explore the topic.
Myfox Houston consulted Dr. Mohsin Mir, a medical dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine, to weigh in on how miconazole nitrate actually increases hair growth.
Dr. Mir says that hormones in the hair follicles actually bond to receptors that cause hair loss in men and women. He theorized that miconazole nitrate might actually reduce the number of those “hair loss” receptors, which would consequently, increase hair growth.
Dr. Mir goes on to say that there have not been any clinical trials to date on the use of miconazole nitrate and hair growth. However, there was one small study done on the use of a similar anti-fungal medicine called Ketoconazole, which did in fact result in hair growth in the small number of people who participated in the study.
So the million-dollar question is this-If we can put miconazole nitrate on delicate private areas and in a baby’s mouth (yipes-who knew?), is it safe to use on the scalp to grow hair?
The Scalp Experiment
Well according to Dr. Mir, miconazole nitrate is relatively safe to use and pretty harmless. Hey, if it doesn’t hurt your most delicate area or a baby’s mouth, then it should be safe to try on the your scalp-right? Fortunately, we do have some brave souls that took the plunge for us.
Many vloggers were brave enough to give it a try, of course with the disclaimer that they were in-fact applying “cooty” cream to their scalp.
Surprisingly, they ranged in race and gender. Um-did I just say gender-as in men are trying it too? Hold up! Are men REALLY that sensitive to being bald that they would put monistat cream on their scalps? I’m afraid the answer is yes. Well this definitely softens and gives a more intimate feeling to Machiavelli’s quote, “The end justifies the means.”
Anyway, most of the vloggers said that miconazole nitrate really does work and that they had extreme hair growth after using it.
Drum roll please….”It’s AMAZING,” according jaredlesterwalker, the male vlogger who can’t stop talking about the results he saw in nine days. WOW! And it doesn’t stop with him.
Suicideseve, whose vlog has 215, 414 views, also swears by it and has been using it for years. She says that she achieved 1 to 2 inches of hair growth per month, which is quite impressive when you consider that the average rate of hair growth is ½ inch per month.
And last but not least, Chavascandy also received amazing hair growth results and her video has been viewed 38,346 times. If she is telling the truth (see the results for yourself), I think everyone should put this miracle hair growth ingredient on their radar. And if they do, they would be in good company.
When I look at the number of vlog views, I must say that many people are interested and/or are contemplating using miconazole nitrate to grow their hair. If you are one of those people thinking about taking the plunge-please learn about the possible side effects before you do.
The Side Effects
According to suicideseve, many of her viewers have experienced the following side effects:
Tenderness/burning in the area where the miconazole nitrate was applied,
Ringing in the ears,
Extreme hair shedding once you stop using the treatment, and
A general feeling of discomfort
Suicideseve goes on to say however, that the additional benefit of using miconazole nitrate was that it also reduced or completely got rid of dandruff.
Is it Worth Trying?
According to Dr. Mir, if you’re curious, it wouldn’t hurt to try it because it’s pretty harmless. However, he does note that it has not been approved by the FDA to use topically on the scalp. In addition, it does not work for everyone. So ladies and gents, tell me, would you consider this treatment?
Monistat 7 is a medicated cream that is classified as a drug by the FDA, and is applied topically to the skin or to the mucus membrane to cure fungal infections. It therefore, should not be used orally to treat oral thrush or other oral fungal infections.