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Panthenol Cream for Healthy Skin: The B-Vitamin You Should Eat and Apply

Panthenol is commonly used in skin and hair care products. Learn about the potential benefits of panthenol here.

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You may have seen the ingredient Panthenol, or Dexpanthenol listed as part of your shampoos or face creams.

Just what is Panthenol and what does it do to enhance your beauty routine?

In this article, we will cover the basics of this B-vitamin derivative and where you can find it.

What is Panthenol

Panthenol is a derivative of Vitamin B5 and is converted back into B5 when it is applied to the skin.

Vitamin B5 is used all throughout the body for normal functioning and energy production.

You normally consume Vitamin B5 every day in the form of foods or supplements.

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What does Panthenol creams do for the skin?

Panthenol is known as an emollient and moisturizer.

For this reason, Panthenol is widely used in hair and skin products, since the best way to make hair and skin look and feel healthier is to retain the moisture in them.

In hair products, Panthenol coats the hair strands and seals the follicle, making hair look shiny and feel silky and hydrated.

On the skin, Panthenol has good skin penetration and acts as a barrier to protect the skin from water loss.

This leads to increased skin softness and elasticity.

A 1995 study also identified Pantothenic Acid as a possible candidate for acne reduction by reducing excess bacteria on the face.

Panthenol topical has also been found to reduce skin irritation and to help speed wound healing.

These effects make Panthenol a great ingredient for dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin.

Is Panthenol safe to use in skin products?

In 1987 the Cosmetic Ingredients Review determined Panthenol to be safe for use in cosmetics.

Panthenol was even re-reviewed in 2004 and its safety as a cosmetic ingredient was reaffirmed.

So, this is a pretty safe topical ingredient, which is what you would expect from a naturally found B-Vitamin.

However, as with anything applied to the skin, there may be local irritation so make sure to spot test a patch of skin to ensure Panthenol is gentle enough for you.

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Where to buy Panthenol?

You can find Panthenol in many hair and skin products over the counter.

However, we recommend sourcing pharmaceutical-grade Panthenol from a compounding pharmacy whenever possible.

Our pharmacy compounded Strut Brightly cream is a physician and pharmacist formulated combination product that blends Panthenol with Vitamin C and other skin-boosting ingredients to deliver potent and targeted skin benefits.

If you think a Panthenol skin cream is right for you, schedule an online consultation with our physicians today.


Panthenol is a derivative of Vitamin B5 and converts back into B5 once on the skin or in the body.

Panthenol is a common moisturizing component of hair and skin products.

By increasing water retention and forming a protective layer, Panthenol helps promote healthy and hydrated hair and skin.

Panthenol may also help with skin irritation and acne reduction.

Panthenol has been reviewed and approved as a safe cosmetic ingredient in 1987 and 2004.

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