Is pantothenic acid (a.k.a. vitamin B5) really that good for your skin?
Some acne sufferers swear by it.
And it’s certainly touted by the cosmetic companies. It’s in everything from moisturizers, shampoos, and sunscreens, to conditioners to hairsprays, and even mascaras and lipsticks.
They don’t hide it, either—they practically shout it at you on the labels. Procter & Gamble even made a whole product, “Pantene Pro-V” shampoo, because of the positive association between pantothenic acid and “healthy hair”. There are approximately a bajillionty-billion products called of “moisturizing b5” or “b5 moisture barrier” or some such configuration.
And the supplement companies haven’t failed to get in on the action. An Amazon search for pantothenic acid supplements results in five pages of them… and those are just the best sellers.
So, we should just trust the cosmetic companies and slather their B5 products liberally all over our skin, right? And while we’re at it, swallow fistfuls of supplemental B5 like they’re M&M’s?
You know how we do things around here: we’ll take a look at the evidence for ourselves, thank you very much. Then we’ll see where we come out on the other side.
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