The PEG compound has a high permeability factor which allows the skin to breathe, while the absorptive properties help reduce skin maceration, the process of softening and breaking down due to excessive amounts of fluid remaining in contact with the skin or wound for a prolonged period of time.
Ingredients and their properties:
The main and only two ingredients of Most Body Balm are: Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Allantoin.
PEG is a polymer of an organic compound called Ethylene Oxide and it has been widely used in industrial manufacturing and medicine for many years. Its best-known use is as a laxative via ingestion due to its non-toxic and non-immunogenic properties (PEG is not known to cause an immune response). Due to its ability to stabilize proteins, PEG is widely used as a vehicle for intravenous drug injections.
In the form of an ointment, PEG presents as opaque white, with a thick and oily consistency similar to petroleum jelly or lanolin but with very different properties as explained in the table below.
Differences between ointment ingredients:
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As clearly shown, the most frequently used compounds such as petroleum derivatives (i.e., Vaseline) and lanolin have some drawbacks when applied to the skin. They are in fact comedogenic and occlusive, blocking the skin’s breathability and thus creating acne, blackheads, folliculitis and damaging the skin barrier function.
The nature of these compositions also poses reliability questions in terms of product consistency. PEG’s formulation is “DEFINITE”, that is, synthetized and its composition is certain and always the same. Petroleum Jelly’s composition is “INDEFINITE” because it comes from the distillation process of the residuals found at the bottom of oil barrels. Depending on which oilfield the batch material comes from, the percentage of oils, impurities and the final composition of minerals can vary based on sourcing and extraction methods. Lastly, being a substance derived from sheepskin, Lanolin is “PARTIALLY DEFINITE” due to its animal origin. Some fats are common to all sheep, however, others are derived from what the sheep eat and metabolize; the composition cannot always be the same.
Moisture balance is another important factor for wound healing and skin conditioning. Many skin problems are due to an imbalance of moisture, whether in excess or lack thereof, therefore an ointment with hydrophilic properties can help regulate this balance (i.e. absorbing excess exudate from wounds or open pustules of Atopic Dermatitis).
Allantoin is a plant-based substance used since ancient times for its healing, moisturizing and softening properties. The organic (biologically-speaking) form is extracted from many plants, primarily Symphytum Officinale, also known as Comfrey. Along with its therapeutic properties, Allantoin is also a non-irritant and gentle on sensitive skin, making it an optimal ingredient for use in many cosmetics, specifically to promote cell proliferation and longevity.
Apply a thin layer on affected area or on primary dressings daily, until desired normalization is reached. Excessive product can be removed with water.
Most Body Balm can be used on any type of skin, for minor wounds, cuts, burns and ulcers.
In case of contact with eyes, wash thoroughly with water. Ask your doctor before applying to compromised skin or in case of any unwanted reactions.
PEG-6, PEG-32, PEG-90, Allantoin