Allantoin is a white odorless powder and a diureide of glyoxylic acid. Allantoin is most likely to be used in cosmetics and personal care products, such as bath products, eye makeup, hair care products, oral hygiene products and skin care products.
There are also many compounds that contain Allantoin used in cosmetics and personal care products, including the Allantoin salt of vitamin C, Allantoin Ascorbate, and the Allantoin salt of vitamin B7, Allantoin Biotin. Allantoin complexes that may be used in cosmetics and personal care products include Allantoin Galacturonic Acid, Allanotoin Polygalacturonic Acid, Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid and Allantoin Panthenol.
Allantoin comes from comfrey, a herb that grows wild in the UK. The compound, which is made from the root of the plant, is said to encourage skin to regenerate and is added to many moisturizers and anti-ageing creams.
Applications of Allantoin
Chemically synthesized bulk allantoin, which is chemically equivalent to natural allantoin, is safe, non-toxic, compatible with cosmetic raw materials and meets CTFA and JSCI requirements. Over 10,000 patents reference allantoin.
Allantoin protects and maintains facial and body skin and promotes cell regeneration in exposed skin weakened by environmental aggressions. The inclusion of allantoin in hand lotions and creams soothes redness and cracking and leaves hands feeling soft and smooth.
Allantoin is very suitable as an active ingredient in after-shave lotions and in products for particularly sensitive skins and for babies and infants. It is included in several types of face and body creams and lotions and after-sun care products. It particularly protects the skin in lipsticks, deodorants and sunscreens. Its active keratolytic effects help combat dandruff by reducing and breaking down large particles in dead cells and it is also frequently used in oral hygiene products to protect the mucous membranes.
It is frequently present in toothpaste, mouthwash, and other oral hygiene products, in shampoos, lipsticks, anti-acne products, sun care products, and clarifying lotions, various cosmetic lotions and creams, and other cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.