Panthenol, also referred to as Pantothenic Acid, is a pro-vitamin of B5 and is found in all living cells. Panthenol acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, which gives skin a soft and smooth appearance. It draws in moisture from the air and bonds with water molecules to keep the contact surface moist. It is most often used as an emollient or moisturizer for skin, or as a conditioner for hair. Panthenol reduces itching and inflammation of skin and helps the speed the process of wound healing.