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Allantoin: A Natural Ingredient that Helps Improve Skin

Updated on July 14, 2012

Allantoin is a natural active ingredient that can be found in comfrey plants.  It can also be found in the uric acid of most mammals.  It promotes healing of the skin.  Allantoin is safe and non-toxic and is usually used in cosmetics.  It has a moisturizing effect and promotes wound healing.  It increases the smoothness of the skin because it hastens the growth of healthy tissue.  With the growth of healthy tissue, you may find that it can help minimize the appearance of blemishes and other skin imperfections.

 

Allantoin is often used in products that promise to improve skin.  It is known to be non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-allergenic.  At this point, it is safe to say that no one may experience allergies and other skin problems due to applying products or cosmetics with this ingredient to their skin.

 

The recommended dosage is only 0.5% to 2.0%.  Some products may contain less than that.  Within this dosage, allantoin can be used safely with temporary protection of minor cuts, burns, sunburn, acne, skin ulcers, and rough and cracked hands.  It relieves dryness and softens and moisturizes the skin.  It helps treat and prevent diaper rash.

 

Powders, shampoos, lotions, creams, astringents, mouth washes, toothpastes, and baby care products are some of the products allantoin or allantoin derivatives can be found in.

 

The finished product of Allantoin is a white, odorless, crystalline powder
The finished product of Allantoin is a white, odorless, crystalline powder

Comfrey Plant

Comfrey plants have wound and bone healing benefits. While comfrey plants contain other components, one of its main components is allantoin. Comfrey plant itself is used to help speed the healing of fractures, broken bones, bruises, and burns. The allantoin content of comfrey helps in wound healing and tissue regeneration. Comfrey is not recommended to be taken orally as it can be poisonous and can result in severe liver damage. Applying comfrey or allantoin in deep wounds should be avoided especially when it is not cleaned properly. The reason behind this is the rapid healing properties of comfrey or allantoin may trap dirt inside the body and may result in other skin problems in the future.

Warning

If you see a product that contains more than the recommended dosage of 2.0%, it may not be safe anymore. It should also be used as an application for external use only.

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In past times, comfrey baths were used to repair hymen to restore virginity. At present, some cosmetologists may still be using it to at least tighten a woman's hymen.In past times, comfrey baths were used to repair hymen to restore virginity. At present, some cosmetologists may still be using it to at least tighten a woman's hymen.
In past times, comfrey baths were used to repair hymen to restore virginity. At present, some cosmetologists may still be using it to at least tighten a woman's hymen.
In past times, comfrey baths were used to repair hymen to restore virginity. At present, some cosmetologists may still be using it to at least tighten a woman's hymen.
In past times, comfrey baths were used to repair hymen to restore virginity. At present, some cosmetologists may still be using it to at least tighten a woman's hymen.
In past times, comfrey baths were used to repair hymen to restore virginity. At present, some cosmetologists may still be using it to at least tighten a woman's hymen.

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    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      5 years ago

      Hi Pdxjules, thanks a lot for adding that info. I didn't know about it but I hope that readers can make use of it. :)

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      pdxjules 

      5 years ago

      The Plantain plant contains Allantoin also. Once, mashing some an a bowl, adding water, and soaking 3x before bed healed dry cracked-open fingers overnight. It is a native American healing recipe for dry cracked skin which doesn't heal otherwise.

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      6 years ago

      Hi Ketki, thanks for sharing and for dropping by. :)

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      Ketki 

      6 years ago

      I use a lotion called Florozone, this contains Aantoin, however im not sure what percent. It really good and shows instant results on tanned hands and can be used all over the body!

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      6 years ago

      Hi Lorrie, sorry I couldn't answer you 'coz I don't know. If I knew it I would've written about it already. :) But try reading this article, Stretch Marks: Guide on How to Prevent and Get Rid of Them by Lela Davidson. Just use the hubpages search engine on top. I couldn't get the link to work here.

      Hope this hub gives a solution to your problem. Best of luck. :)

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      Lorrie 

      6 years ago

      Hi BeatsMe

      I read all those comments i just want to ask about what cream product that i can use to my stretch mark on my belly i get this stretch mark during my pregnancy,..i am hoping for your kind reply,..thank you :-) God bless you

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      6 years ago

      Hi Laurie, thanks for dropping by and for sharing your experience. I'm glad this worked for your skin problem. And many thanks for introducing a product that works well. Cheers. :)

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      Laurie Falk 

      6 years ago

      Hi to all,

      I am so glad that I stumbled on Allentoin as an ingredient in skin lotions because, I have Lichen Planus on my legs (very bad)for gour years and, I have tried all different kind of meds with steroids and over the counter preperations and nothing worked for me but, recently I purchashed Aveeno Baby Daily Skin Lotion comes in a tube with a blue cap, the first time I tried it I could feel the difference in the way it made my LP feel comparing to the other products, when I looked at the ingredients that were in it the first one was Allentoin and I think that is what is helping my LP, my legs are feeling a lot better and I don't have to scratch as much as I did when I applied the other products, I apply it in the morning after my shower and patting dry my legs and it just feels great just maybe stings a little for the first five minutes or so until it is absorbed in to the skin which is almost immediately,I then wash it off in the early afternoon and reapply it again after patting my legs dry, I am so grateful for this and I want to thank the Aveeno people for putting this ingredient in the lotion because it really is helping my LP and I finally found it, also it isn't very expensive and it goes a long way.....This not a Commercial I am a regular person who was looking for some relief from my LP and I finally found

      Again, thank you and God Bless all of you.

      Laurie

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      7 years ago

      Hi Lisa, I'm not aware that there is such a tea. Thanks for letting me know. Regarding your question, it seems that even health authorities are not recommending it because of its side effects.

      I've come across this article, http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Comfrey_Tea

      Hope this answers your question. Cheers.

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      lisa 

      7 years ago

      What about tea? My grandma and my mother and I have enjoyed comfrey tea for ever is there something wrong with drinking it as a tea?

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      7 years ago

      Hi Nell, thanks for reading and for bookmarking. :)

      I think it is safe when used externally, just not on open and deep wounds. But it poses danger to health if ingested. So, if you are fond of taking herbal medicines orally, do try to make sure they don't contain comfrey. Stay healthy. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I always use herbs for different things and have used comfrey for my swollen ankles when I have twisted them, but I wasn't sure exactly what was in it, great info, I am going to bookmark this so I can come back and make sure it is safe to use for other things when needed, thanks nell

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      8 years ago

      Hi BkCreative, thanks for dropping by and really reading the hub. :)

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you mentioned the natural source of allantoin - this will eliminate all the toxins that would go with a commercial product. It's time we learned the source of all the products we use.

      Great information. Thank you!

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