On this installment of ingredient breakdown, we go through the benefits of allantoin for men, as well as its origin, application, and any side effects of cautions to have.
- Treat or Prevent Dry Skin
What does allantoin do?
Allantoin is a topical ingredient present in creams that fight dry skin and soothe the skin. It’s one of the main ingredients on our cedarwood facial moisturizer and the main culprit for its effectiveness in moisturizing dry to regular skin.
How is it created?
Allantoin can be found naturally in certain plants, animals, and bacteria. Interestingly, this metabolic intermediate is found in high levels in plants that have been exposed to shocks and are stressed. This might help explains its healing and moisturizing properties in the skin.
Commercially, most allantoin is created as a byproduct of Diazolidinyl Urea. This might sound intimidating, but don’t worry, allantoin is one of the few non-toxic ingredients in this field.
Can it have any negative side effects?
Not really, unless of course, you are allergic. If you have any rashes or burning sensation after using a product containing allantoin, contact your dermatologist.
Be cautious if you have any open wounds or cuts. Besides that, there are no serious side effects.
Use this product if you have dry skin or similar conditions (sunburns, etc). It can be a natural ingredient and it is extremely effective. A concentration of just 0.2% has been found to improve symptoms of dry skin nuisances more than 90% of the times.
We hope that we have helped demystify this hard to pronounce ingredient. Our verdict: safe and good!