You’ll no doubt have heard of hydrating hyaluronic acid and may know about skin-boosting ceramides, but might not have come across vitamin B5 for skin (also known as pantothenic acid) before.
It’s found in a wide array of skincare, as well as makeup and haircare products, thanks to its excellent moisturizing qualities.
So, dermatologists always agree that it’s worth seeking out.
What is Vitamin B5?
Found in a variety of food sources, Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid is a water-soluble essential nutrient.
It plays a vital role in red blood cell and hormone production, as well as the conversion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy.
Applied topically, it has a number of benefits for the skin. However, it is difficult to use in skincare due to its naturally unstable nature.
The solution? Formulating with its near neighbor, Provitamin B5. Commonly found in skin, hair, and body care products.
Stable to use and easily absorbed, once it penetrates the skin it quickly converts into Vitamin B5.
Benefits of Panthenol for Skin
Alongside its top-notch hydrating benefits, panthenol also has some other noteworthy effects, particularly as it pertains to calming the skin and promoting wound healing.
Improves moisture retention in the skin: Panthenol penetrates the lower skin layers and imbues water into the cells, retaining moisture deep within the tissue.
Prevents trans-epidermal water loss: Stimulate cells that boost skin barrier function. A strong, healthy, intact barrier locks in moisture and keeps it from escaping.
Helps with wound healing: Those same cells that boost skin barrier function are also important for wound healing. (Fun fact: Tattoo artists often recommend that their clients use a moisturizing cream with panthenol after getting a tattoo.)
Anti-inflammatory: Panthenol has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on UV-induced redness, which is why it’s often found in ointments used for sunburns. Similarly, it can also help reduce itchiness for people dealing with dermatitis.
Side effects of Panthenol
Panthenol is generally well-tolerated by most people. As with any other ingredient, an allergy is always possible, though the likelihood here is low.
If you’re concerned, you can always test a small amount elsewhere on your body before applying it all over your complexion.