Panthenol is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and is thus the provitamin of B5. Panthenol comes in two enantiomers, D and L. Only D-panthenol (dexpanthenol) is biologically active, however both forms have moisturizing properties. For cosmetic use, panthenol comes either in D form, or as a racemic mixture of D and L (DL-panthenol). The product is used in many cosmetic products for their skin emollient, regenerating and hair conditioning properties.
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Panthenol comes from vitamin B5 and is a moisturizing compound. It can come from either animal or plant sources. Panthenol can be found in the ingredients in hair conditioners or body wash. Panthenol is used commonly in skincare and cosmetic products. Panthenol comes from pantothenic acid.