Pantothenic Acid



Pantothenic Acid description

Also called vitamin B5, research shows it can be effective for hydration. Pantothenic acid occurs naturally in many foods (fresh meats, vegetables, and whole grains), and helps the body convert carbohydrates into glucose that we need for energy. Oral supplementation with pantothenic acid appears to help improve breakouts, but the research on this is not substantial.

Pantothenic Acid references

  • Dermatologic Therapy, June 2014, pages 93-101
  • American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2002, issue 6, pages 427-433

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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