Allantoin is a healing, moisturizing, soothing and anti-irritating natural component found in rice polishings, earthworms, confrey root, wheat germ, and as an organic component of many soils.
Scientifically called Symphytum officinale L., comfrey is also known by the names “knitbone,” “slippery root,” “bruisewort,” and “blackwort.” It grows to about 2-3 feet high, with thick, hairy stems and flowers arranged in clusters of purple, blue or white. It likes to grow in damp, grassy places, and has large lower leaves up to 10 inches long that decrease in size the higher they are up the stem.
Comfrey typically blooms throughout the greater part of the summer, with the first flowers opening in late April or early May. Before opening, as you can see from the picture, the blooms are bell-shaped. The root, which can also be used in skin care and for other health benefits, has a black outside and a fleshy, whitish interior.
Allantoin has a pronounced keratolytic and skin softening action, acts as chemical debrider of necrotic and scaling tissue. Allantoin is used in the treatment of skin ulcers, wounds, burns and sunburns, acne and skin eruptions, abrasions, impetigo, eczema and psoriasis. Allantoin is a valuable cell-proliferating healing agent which stimulates healthy tissue formation.
Has epithelizing effect on rough, cracked skin, eliminates skin flaking, makes the skin smooth and elastic, increases regeneration. Has strong regenerating and healing effect, smoothes the skin, helps cell renewal.
Thanks to wide range of its beneficial effects allantoin is a commonly used and active component of anti-irritant and skin-protective cosmetics. It effectively provides moisturizing, softening and soothing, regenerating and revitalizing functions. Among others, it regulates sebaceous follicles activity. The ingredient has a pronounced keratolytic action and increases the water rating of intracellular space. Actually, it has a two-fold impact on our skin: enhances upper layers' desquamation together with activation of cell proliferation.
Allantoin is well-known for its healing effect on acne, irritated, wounded, weather-beaten and sun-burnt skin. It prevents skin inflammation, open comedo (black- & whiteheads) appearance, pores blocking. It is often used as an ingredient in baby and child care cosmetics, teenager acne gels, after shaving lotions, damaged skin care and protection crams. Allantoin is also an antioxidant which makes it an important compound in anti-aging cosmetic products.
Allantoin is a hypoallergenic agent, therefore it is acceptable to all skin types and is especially recommended to those with sensitive skin.