What is Allantoin?

Allantoin is a naturally occurring compound found in humans, animals and many plants such as horse chestnut, beets, chamomile and comfrey. It is commonly used in skincare to reduce irritation and sensitivity.

Although allantoin may be less well known in the skincare world, this ingredient is great for hydrating the skin, and due to its calming properties, it can also be used by all skin types.

Skin benefits of Allantoin

Allantoin for soothing
Calms irritation and soothes skin conditions such as eczema and acne. It can also help to reduce skin sensitivity.

Allantoin for hydration
Known as a humectant, Allantoin can help lock in moisture and prevent water loss which could lead to dry, flaky skin. Allantoin skincare also offers anti-ageing benefits as it will help make the skin appear more plump. 

Allantoin for skin healing
Allantoin benefits skin as it is well reported to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to reduce irritation and promote skin renewal and healing. It is often used to treat and calm rashes such as eczema or breakouts caused by acne.

Allantoin for exfoliation
Allantoin helps to remove old, dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin and is therefore great for skin softening and increase skin luminosity.

Why We Use Allantoin

Allantoin skin care benefits:

“As a great all rounder, we believe that the use of Allantoin in skincare products, ensures that we can cater for more sensitive skins, whilst protecting, mosturising and soothing all at one time.

If you are using active ingredients such as Retinol, adding Allantoin is a great way to counteract any possible side effects that can come from the use of these stronger ingredients. Allantoin in skincare will help to reduce skin sensitivity while still giving the best results.

We chose Allantoin for our formulations because we believe in combining multiple ingredients in each product to deliver the best results possible, without costing the earth. Allantoin in skincare, is in our opinion, a great addition to any formulation." - Shelley Martin, Co-Founder & New Product Development Lead

Allantoin Skincare Products

Treatment Masks

Allantoin can be found in the SKINICIAN Revitalising Repair Mask, Purifying Mask and Pro-Radiance Enzyme Peel. Allantoin has been used within these products to soothe and calm the skin, speed up the skin healing process, to hydrate and to protect the skin barrier.

Eye Products

The eye area can be particularly sensitive. This is why Allantoin can be found in the SKINICIAN Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover and Eye Repair to help the eye area feel soothed and to protect and hydrate for plumper, more radiant skin.

Retinol & Peptide Treatments

Ageless Overnight Powerbalm Level 1 and Level 2 are formulated with highly effective peptides and retinol, combined with soothing and protective ingredients such as Allantoin, Shea butter, and Glycerin. These products are famed for delivering multiple benefits to the skin within one powerful and effective formulation, without compromising the skin's barrier or causing irritation. Allantoin helps combat any irritation or sensitivity that can be caused by retinol.


Formulated with Allantoin, our Revitialising Toner is specifically designed for sensitive, dry and dull skin. The all round benefits of Allantoin compliments Vitamin C, Pro-vitamin B5, Sodium PCA and cucumber in this daily-use toner, offering maximum hydration, while soothing and protecting from daily exposure to free radicals.

Who Allantoin Is Best For

Allantoin is suitable for all skin types. It is particularly useful for sensitive skin and skin conditions such as eczema. Those with acne or dehydrated skin will also benefit from Allantoin in their skincare regime due to its anti-inflammatory properties and the hydration it provides. Allantoin skincare is suitable for any skin concern and will benefit your general skin health.

Before and After Using Allantoin

At SKINICIAN, we regularly receive feedback from our customers expressing their joy at being able to use our Overnight Retinol Powerbalm Level 1 when their sensitive skin couldn’t tolerate other Retinols. One reason for this is the addition of Allantoin to our formulation as this works to soothe, calm and reduce inflammation whilst allowing the retinol to get to work.

Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover Before & After

Perfect for tired, sore eyes at the end of the day, this gentle oil-free makeup remover contains Allantoin to calm any irritation from wearing makeup, while hydrating the eye area. Dermatogically tested for use on sensitive eyes.