Allantoin is a unique ingredient derived from comfrey. It is typically used for skin protection. Allantoin increases the desirability of cosmetic creams and lotions by its action as a skin protectant. It's use is said to quicken the growth of new, healthy tissue.
Allantoin finds uses in a wide variety of products - from skin care lotions and creams, sun care products, and hair care products like shampoos and hair gels. You will also find it in cosmetics , lipsticks, shaving creams, bath foams, hair gels, baby powders, and typical lotions and creams.
White, odorless, crystalline powder.
Allantoin is safe and effective in the dosage range recommended (0.5 to 2.0%) as a skin protectant.
To add Allantoin into an emulsion product, the emulsion is made and then Allantoin is added during the cooling process, when the product is below 90 degrees F.
To incorporate, Allantoin, good mixing is required to thoroughly disperse.
Allantoin is considered to be nontoxic, nonirritating and non-allergenic.
The FDA has approved the following statements for non-prescription, drug products containing Allantoin at 0.5% to 2.0%.
• For the temporary protection of minor cuts, scrapes, burns and sunburn.
• Helps prevent and temporarily protects chafed, chapped, cracked, or wind burned skin and lips.
• Relieves dryness and softens cold sores and fever blisters.
• Helps treat and prevent diaper rash. Protects chafed skin/minor skin irritation due to/associated with diaper rash and helps protect from/seal out wetness.
The FDA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Allantoin at 0.5 to 2.0% concentration can be used for the prevention and treatment of chafed, chapped, cracked, sunburned or wind burned skin or lips, cold sores, fever blisters and diaper rash, but considers these claims claims as drug claims ( you will need a prescription).
When Allantoin is added to a personal care product and no claims are made the product remains a cosmetic. Our advice? Only use Allantoin as a cosmetic!
Solubility: Allantoin is water soluble at 2% or less. Incorporate into the water phase or emulsion of your formula. If you are adding to a
water based product, add to water at 120 f or below to avoid crystallization
Manufacturers cite several beneficial effects for allantoin as an active ingredient in over-the-counter cosmetics: a moisturizing and keratolytic effect, increasing the water content of the extracellular matrix and enhancing the desquamation of upper layers of dead skin cells, increasing the smoothness of the skin; promoting cell proliferation and wound healing; and a soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protectant effect by forming complexes with irritant and sensitizing agents.
Suggested typical Use Levels in various products:
Lotions & Creams: 0.5 – 2.0 %
Bar Soaps: 0.05 –2.0 %
Lip Balms or Lip Stick: 0.5 - 2.0%
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