Allantoin is an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. It is commonly used in creams, for topical application, in acne medicines, anti-aging products, sun care, and many cosmetic treatments. Its healing properties also make it suitable for treating minor wounds and skin irritations.
About Allantoin in DIY Skin Care
Allantoin is a naturally occurring nitrogenous compound used as a skin conditioning agent. Its soothing and moisturizing properties make it ideal for use in cosmetics and other personal hygiene products. It can be found in a wide range of products from deodorants and antiperspirants, to shaving products to lotions creams and shops, to hair care products. It has also been in used in sun care preparations and is soothing when used for sunburns and sun-induced irritation. It has had a long history of being used in cosmetics both in Europe and the Americas due to the fact that it is non-irritant and non-allergenic. A further advantage of this product is that its use is safe and non-toxic.
When applied to the skin it works as a protective agent and also increases the water content of the extracellular matrix which provides structural support to cells and is an important part of connective tissue. It also increases and promotes the smoothness and evenness of the skin and helps skin maintain a firm and youthful appearance.
Allantoin is used in the treatment and care of itchy skin, minor skin irritations and also for easing the pain and discomfort brought about by acne. It is a soothing anti-inflammatory agent and assists in the healing of both external and internal wounds. It is also useful when it comes to the treatment of carbuncles, burns, scalds and other irritable skin conditions. It has powerful and anti-aging properties that makes it popular in products that delay or reverse the effects of aging on skin such as wrinkles, lines and changes in skin texture.
The US FDA has classified allantoin as a Category I - Safe and effective for skin care commodities that can be sold over the counter without requiring a prescription.
Allantoin occurs naturally in the leaves and roots of the comfrey plant and in the urine of most mammals. It is also found in the urine of pregnant women. It also occurs naturally in wheat germ, horse chestnut and bearberry. It occurs as organic soil and can also be found in earthworms. Though occuring naturally, a lot of the allantoin that is used in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal hygienne products is made from urea and glyoxylic acid.
Allantoin is odorless, non-toxic, and non-allergenic in both its natural and chemically synthesized form.