Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Pantothenic Acid is a component of coenzyme A (CoA), which is arguably the most important coenzyme in the body due to being involved in numerous metabolic processes necessary for the sustenance of life. While present in all living tissues (“pantons” meaning “found everywhere”), clearly, relatively high concentrations of coenzyme A are metabolised in the skin compared to other organs. This is because environmental stress and various abrasions may result in localised deficiency of Pantothenic Acid in the skin. To ensure appropriate levels of CoA in the skin and hence its healthy condition, it is crucial to supplement the skin with Pantothenic Acid externally.

When applied topically, Pantothenic Acid enhances water retention in the skin cells, which makes it an excellent deep penetrating moisturiser. Panthothenic Acid has also been reported to accelerate the closure of skin wounds and act as an anti-inflammatory. It also shows the ability to induce fibroblast proliferation and normal keratinisation after burns, eczema ulcerations and various skin lesions.

Pantothenic Acid exhibits excellent water retention properties; however it does not show the ability to attract water on its own. It works best with Hyaluronic Acid.  After both are combined, they are capable of attracting x1000 its own weight in water to the skin binding sites.

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