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Pyridoxine HCl

* Vitamin B6 * Please read TIA's post on Sensitive, Oily Skin? Try Vitamin B

Pyridoxine HCl is the hydrochloride salt of Vitamin B6. When applied naturally in the body, Pyridoxine assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium as well as promoting red blood cell production. It is also thought to be a preventative for dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis, according to Wikipedia. It is also thought to have anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties when applied topically to the skin, although there is very little research to verify these claims (CosmeticsCop.com). Although Vitamin B6 itself is not directly liked to skin care when applied topically, a deficiency can lead to skin problems, including contact dermatitis, irritation, eczema, and blisertering (iHealthDirectory.com).

* Vitamin B6

* Please read TIA's post on Sensitive, Oily Skin? Try Vitamin B

Functions:

Pyridoxine HCl is the hydrochloride salt of Vitamin B6. When applied naturally in the body, Pyridoxine assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium as well as promoting red blood cell production. It is also thought to be a preventative for dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis, according to Wikipedia. It is also thought to have anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties when applied topically to the skin, although there is very little research to verify these claims (CosmeticsCop.com). Although Vitamin B6 itself is not directly liked to skin care when applied topically, a deficiency can lead to skin problems, including contact dermatitis, irritation, eczema, and blisertering (iHealthDirectory.com).

Vitamin B6 can be naturally found in cereal grains, beans, vegetables, daily products, eggs, fish, meat and flour, but Pyridoxine is only found naturally in a few fruits, including dragon fruit from South East Asia. In cosmetics and personal care products, Pyridoxine is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent, and is found in a wide variety of formulas, including bath products, soaps and detergents, cleansing products, hair care products, and skin care lotions.

Pyridoxine HCl is FDA approved and has received its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database finds Pyridoxine HCl to be a moderate hazard ingredient, noting concerns regarding cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and lesser concerns regarding endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and organ system toxicity. Studies showed reproductive effects when Pyridoxine HCl was administered at very low doses, and brain and nervous system effects at low to moderate doses; cell mutation was caused in mammalian cells in vitro.

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology entitled "Photosensitive dermatitis caused by pyridoxine hydrochloride" found that although few photosensitive reactions caused by pyridoxine hydrochloride have been reported, multiple patients presented with allergic reactions to Pyridoxine HCl and "Normal controls gave negative results in photopatch tests for pyridoxine hydrochloride and phototest for vitamin B complex containing pyridoxine hydrochloride. On the basis of these results, we believe both patients had a photoallergic reaction to pyridoxine hydrochloride." Other studies have shown similar reactions in which patients’ skin reacted to exposure to light after using products containing Pyridoxine HCl.

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