What is Allantoin?
Great for: Calming and soothing skin
How it works: Allantoin is known for its calming and skin smoothing properties by helping to increase the water content of the skin, aiding with the desquamation process (shedding the top layer of skin), and then promoting the growth of healthy tissue. It has been classified by the FDA as an Over-The-Counter (OTC) Category I (safe and effective) active ingredient skin protectant and used in creams for diaper rash and radiation burns when included at a rate of .5 to 2% of the total formula or a product.
Where does Allantoin Come From?
Allantoin is a naturally occurring nitrogenous compound found in the comfrey plant. Because of sustainability concerns, although almost all allantoin commercially available are nature-identical and comes from a synthetic origin.
If you purchase it for the formulation, allantoin will come in the form of a white powder that is dissolved in the water phase and then heated to help it fully dissolve.
It is non-allergenic and safe to use in products for children and on sensitive, irritated and acne-prone skin
Examples of skin care products with Allantoin
It’s considered very safe, effective. and inexpensive and is used as an ingredient in many popular skin care products including Mederma Advanced Scar Gel, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Jergen’s Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Res-Q Ointment, Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, and Skinfix Diaper Rash Balm.
- Pub Chem —https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/allantoin
- Cosmeceutical Critique: Allantoin