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* Vitamin B5
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Pantothenic Acid is an essential nutrient is primarily utilized by the body for the natural synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is used in cosmetics and beauty care products because of its potential wound-healing and acne treatment properties. Pantothenic acid is also referred to as an anti-stress vitamin, due to its essential role in the formation of various adrenal hormones, which allow the body to adapt to and respond effectively to various types of stress (Source).
There are few studies showing that Pantothenic Acid yields results in wound healing or acne treatment. A 1999 in vitro study comparing cultures treated with Panthothenic Acid and cultures without found that "Cell proliferation, or cell multiplication was found to increase with pantothenic acid supplementation. Finally, there were increased concentrations of two proteins, both of which have still to be been identified, that was found in the supplemented culture, but not on the control" (Wikipedia). No in vivo studies have been done to support these findings. A 1995 study by Dr. Lit-Hung Leung on 100 subjects testing 80% oral Pantothenic Acid and 20% topical cream saw improvement of pore size and overall acne appearance within one week to one month.
Pantothenic Acid is also used in hair care products because of its ability to increase hair's body, suppleness, and sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment research.
Pantothenic Acid dietary supplements are available, although small quantities of Pantothenic Acid are found in almost every food, with the highest amounts in whole-grain cereals, legumes, eggs, and meat (Wikipedia).
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Because Pantothenic Acid is a vitamin found in almost every food, it is considered a safe and natural ingredient. It is CIR approved for use in cosmetics and FDA approved (receiving its GRAS rating). The EWG rates it as 100% safe for use. No adverse side effects or studies reporting safety measures were found.
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