Many of our readers have contacted me asking what panthenol is, what it does and why it’s even necessary to be incorporated into these skin products. It’s an incredibly common ingredient to see on the label of any skin and beauty product. It’s commonly found in products that help improve the health of our hair. Panthenol is also able to successfully attract and retain moisture. This makes is the perfect product building a healthy head of hair.

What Is Panthenol?

Many people don’t know that this is a water soluble and that it’s also referred to as provitamin B5. It gets added to many brands of shampoos and conditioners. (Check out Lush shampoo here.)  The main reason that this ingredient is incorporated in most product formulas is its ability to help maintain chemical stability of products. Most of the time, you likely purchase a beauty product and you neglect to even read the ingredient label. You’re not alone on this one.

It’s a common practice among many. That’s part of the reason why you’ve not noticed in or maybe never even heard of it. Panthenol is also used as an additive in ointments. If you’re going to use any of these ointments or hair products that contain the ingredient, you should probably try to familiarize yourself with what the ingredient actually does. After all, product knowledge and prevention are the two most important things to understand.

Ingredient Overview

Do yourself a favor and take a look at a few of the labels on any hair products or even some basic skin products that you have in your house. Did you see panthenol listed as an ingredient on any of them? I’m sure you did! The ingredient can do wonders for your hair. It makes it shiny, thick and keeps it looking good. In fact, it’s the derivative of vitamin B5 that helps your body become more nutrient rich. As a result, your skin and hair will become healthier looking. From a microbiological perspective, your cells will be healthier, stronger and will even be able to regenerate faster. All of these things are super important given the harsh environments that we subject ourselves to these days.

There are some misconceptions about this ingredient. Some people think that this ingredient has a wet and sticky feel to it. Not even close, it’s actually very smooth and an emulsifier. In fact, it might be one of the most popular emulsifiers used on the market today. Its ability to keep products remaining consistent in terms of texture and mixture is amazing.

This ingredient is commonly used as a humectant. For those not familiar with what a humectant is, it’s a way to describe something that has the ability to retain or preserve moisture. It does such a good job at it that it can literally take moisture from the air and lock it into your hair and skin. This proves to be especially important during the winter months of the year when things are typically dry to begin with.

Do you know anyone that has an insane amount of frizz in their hair? Sure you do, we all do! Well, those suffering from frizzy hair love panthenol because it helps them battle the frizz. With a little help from this ingredient, your hair will look smoother and as a result, it will be far easier to maintain. Since it attracts and holds in moisture, it will help keep your hair healthy-looking versus looking dry and frizzy.

Ingredient Uses

Panthenol is used in many skin creams, lotions, and serums. It’s commonly added to the formula in order to make it easier for the product to be applied evenly. This might not sound too important when thinking in terms of products that get applied directly to your skin. However, what about products that you apply to your hair? Without the use of an emulsifier, you would have hair partially covered with the product, while the other part continues to suffer.

Any hair product that says it helps give you that perfect shiny appearance, it most definitely contains this ingredient. Reason being, the molecules within this ingredient are able to reflect light. The reflection gives you that healthy shine that most women with long hair love. That about covers all the great things that panthenol is known for. Now, with the good also comes the bad. I’ll cover a few of the misconceptions you need to know that are directly related to this ingredient.

Ingredient Misconceptions

Some people have the misconception that panthenol causes excessive buildup on your hair and that buildup can cause dandruff or excess oil to be present. That most certainly isn’t the case. Many experts have fought this misconception as they do not believe that it’s possible for this ingredient to even cause this issue.

Another popular misconception is that it’s difficult to rinse or remove from your hair. The thought is that since it binds so well with your hair, it makes it extremely difficult to wash it out. This definitely isn’t true because the ingredient isn’t sticky. It doesn’t stick to your hair and is easily rinsed out. Furthermore, how mad could you possibly be if you had hair that was just a tad bit more oily than you wished? Seriously, you should be grateful that you don’t have any rare or strange skin conditions or anything like that.

Read Product Labels

This ingredient is extremely common to find in almost any hair product. It is non-toxic and is not likely to harm your hair or skin. It is safe for you to use a product that contains this ingredient, however, you should speak to a doctor if you’re concerned with any further side effects. In the event that you begin to use a product that contains panthenol, and you don’t like the results or you’re worried about them, then you need to seek professional help. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or your dermatologist.

Bring the product that you’ve been using to your appointment and explain exactly what’s occurring. Tell them how long you’ve been using the product and what your hair or skin was like before you started using the product. They will be able to professionally evaluate and examine your skin. I’d be willing to be that they will say that it’s completely fine to use but I’m not a licensed dermatologist or doctor. Most importantly, you need to start reading product labels if you don’t already. It is important that you know what you’re putting on your skin and what your body is absorbing.

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