Skin conditions and skin care

The skincare potential of silibinin

What is silibinin?

Silibinin is a purified form of Silymarin, a standardized extract from the seeds of the milk thistle (Silybum marianum)—a traditional herbal medicine that has been used since antiquity (1). Silibinin is also found abundantly in globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus).

The flower of the milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

The molecular structure of silibinin

Silibinin is a strong antioxidant chemical (2), but both it and the Silymarin extract have a growing range of other effects that are now gaining recognition in Western medicine. Both extracts have promising uses in the treatment of some liver diseases and diabetes (1,3), as immune system modulators (4), and they may also have anti-cancer properties—but more studies are needed (5).

Silibinin and skin

Protection from the damaging effects of the sun?

When skin is exposed to sunlight—and particularly to the high-energy ultraviolet spectrum (UV) it contains—many chemical changes take place within its cells, in the DNA and proteins. A major mechanism by which these changes take place is known as photo-oxidation, a kind of damage caused by sunlight-induced free radicals (a kind of reactive, damaging chemical). This kind of oxidative damage leads to skin ageing and a range of dermatological conditions—including various skin cancers.

Antioxidants are so-called “scavengers” of free radicals, as they prevent and treat oxidative damage. The safest antioxidants are those found in nature, like silibinin—a strong antioxidant that scavenges free radicals (2). In recent studies silibinin appears to have a range beneficial effects on skin, including protective effects against environmental toxins, anti-inflammatory effects, and protective effects against UV damage (6). Silibinin given orally (i.e., ingested) or applied directly to the skin of lab animals protected them against sunburn (i.e., skin damage caused by UV-B light), and protected them against skin thickening and DNA damage caused by UV exposure (6,7). Perhaps as a result of these effects, silibinin-treated animals were also protected against UV-induced skin cancers—reducing the size and number of cancers by up to 97% when compared to untreated animals (8).

These exciting effects are unique to silibinin.

Silibinin for treating melasma?

A large melasma, on the face (left cheek).

Melasma is a kind of skin hyperpigmentation disorder, manifesting as tanned, greyish or dark skin discolourations, usually on the face. Although melasma can affect anyone, more than 90% of all cases occur in women. Often it is a patch or spot (or group of spots), but can appear as a “mask” across the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. Especially prone are pregnant women or women taking hormonal replacements. It does not cause any other symptoms, but the cosmetic discolouration can be severe.

A 2012 clinical trial using a Silymarin cream resulted in tremendous improvements in treated melasmas, with complete resolution of their clinical appearance within four weeks (i.e., the discolouration disappeared) (7). No side effects were observed, confirming the results of earlier animal studies that found Silymarin and silibinin treatments were safe (7,8). Milk thistle has traditionally been taken as a tea, and side effects are rare (5).

Do you want to try silibinin?

There is a vast amount of information to support the safe use of silibinin in “cosmeceutical” preparations for your skin (6). We have silibinin available for incorporation into our range of personalised creams, BCP Skincare—or we can add it to another formulation to suit you.

Since silibinin may protect against UV damage to the skin, a combination skin care product might also contain niacinamide (Vitamin B3) as it, too, shows promise in protecting against UV damage and skin cancers.

Silibinin might also be used to help with skin hyperpigmentation conditions, such as melasma, where a good combination product might also contain other natural antioxidants (such as Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and/or Vitamin B3, niacinamide).

The choice is yours. Why not talk to one of our friendly pharmacists about a silibinin product to suit you… and your skin?


  1. Federico A, Dallio M, Loguercio C. (2017) Silymarin/Silybin and Chronic Liver Disease: A Marriage of Many Years. Molecules. 22: 191. (doi: 10.3390/molecules22020191)
  2. Carini R, Comoglio A, Albano E, et al. (1992) Lipid peroxidation and irreversible damage in the rat hepatocyte model: Protection by the silybin-phospholipid complex IdB 1016. Biochem Pharm. 43:2111–15.
  3. Stolf AM, Cardoso CC> and Acco A (2017) Effects of Silymarin on Diabetes Mellitus Complications: A Review. Phytother. Res. 31: 366–374. (doi: 10.1002/ptr.5768)
  4. Esmaeil N, et al. (2017) Silymarin impacts on immune system as an immunomodulator: One key for many locks. Int Immunopharmacol. 50:194-201. (doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2017.06.030)
  5. Cancer Research UK (accessed 01 Nov 2017):
  6. Singh and Agarwal (2009) Cosmeceuticals and Silibinin. Clin Dermatol. 27(5): 479–484. (doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2009.05.012)
  7. Altaei T (2012) The treatment of melasma by silymarin cream. BMC Dermatol. 12: 18. (doi:  10.1186/1471-5945-12-18)
  8. Mallikarjuna G, Dhanalakshmi S, Singh RP, et al. (2004) Silibinin protects against photocarcinogenesis via modulation of cell cycle regulators, mitogen-activated protein kinases, and Akt signaling. Cancer Res. 64:6349–56. (doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-04-1632)

What your cosmetic’s packaging is telling you

Your skin care products — products you use every day — how are they packaged, and what does that tell you about them?

Moisturisers and scrubs in particular are often sold in open-mouthed pots and jars. These look great, with a boutiquey, traditional feel. Scooping out and smoothing on a beautiful cream with your fingers can be a wonderfully uplifting experience, something a little like this:

Yet plunging those fingers in, day in and day out, has some drawbacks that you might not have considered. Even the cleanest fingers are not sterile, and every dip contaminates your product with microorganisms from your skin. Most skin care products — being nutrient-rich creams and gels — are perfect environments for the growth of bacteria, yeasts and moulds (fungi). Bacteria have even been found living in hairspray! So why don’t these products usually spoil?

The commercial reality of these products (given that retailers require them to have a two-year shelf-life) is that most of them are loaded with preservatives and chemical stabilisers. You can find the preservatives in the ingredients list of your product: benzoates, alcohol (ethanol), isothiazolinones, phenoxyethanol, or the ubiquitous parabens (esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, most commonly mixtures of methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben). Some products contain multiple preservatives, in combination, and others hide them under fancy brand names. The truth is, without preservatives and with storage in hot humid bathrooms and daily use, most products in open-mouthed jars would spoil. In some cases, contaminated cosmetics can even become dangerous.

So what is the problem with preservatives?

Don’t they make cosmetics safer? Well yes… and no. The science is still catching up, but there are signs that preservatives can inhibit normal skin bacteria, leaving skin more susceptible to some disease states. Preservatives can worsen skin problems like rosacea and acne. Some people just have ultra-sensitive skin, and others are even allergic to preservatives.

Is there an answer? One approach is to minimise finger-to-product contact, reducing contamination of the cream or gel, and thus the need for high levels of preservatives. This can be achieved simply through the use of pump-packs. Unfortunately most commercial skin care products sold in pump-packs are formulated identically to whatever is otherwise sold in a pot or jar.

The BCP approach

Formulated exclusively for you!

At BCP, we believe in freshness. Our cosmetic products never sit around on our shelves. They are formulated to order in our laboratory, using only high-quality ingredients. We offer a range of customisation options to reduce the preservation of your products: Preservative-free, Water-free, and Minimally-preserved. We package our skin care products in easy-to-use, contamination-preventing airless pump packs.

Our frustration with consumer skin care products led us to design an easy four-step system for choosing an all-natural hyaluronate-based moisturiser suited for your skin and needs: the BCP Custom Skincare system. In addition, our cosmetic industry-certified pharmacists can help you personalise any other aspect of your skin and hair care.

Interested to learn more? Why not contact our helpful staff to discuss preservatives, or to order your custom-made personal care product today. We formulate it for you.

BCP products are unique, because they are formulated by pharmacists.


The promise of Vitamin B3 for reducing skin cancer

Skin cancer in Australia

Skin cancers – most Australians have either had one or know someone who has. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, making up at least 40% of all cancers worldwide. Skin cancers are especially common among people with pale skin.

When people think of skin cancers, most think of melanoma… but melanoma occurs much less frequently than other types of skin cancers. Basal-cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous-cell carcinoma (SCC) account for most skin cancers (about 90%). While BCC and SCC are usually less life-threatening than melanoma, they may become dangerous if left untreated.

All three types of skin cancer have become more common in the last 20-40 years, especially in areas with predominantly Caucasian populations like Australia. Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world.

Protecting against skin cancer

Most skin cancers (greater than 90%) are caused when ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight causes DNA damage inside skin cells, resulting in abnormal cell growth.

Therefore, the best method of avoiding skin damage is to avoid sun exposure during periods of peak UV radiation (and most particularly during summer daylight hours). The times of day when UV protection is recommended are published in Australia by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Next, prevent UV radiation from reaching the skin: wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.

The last line of defence is through the use of broad-spectrum sunscreens (SPF greater than 30+). These work by absorbing UV light at the skin surface, slowing the rate at which damage occurs. Sunscreens are only effective if re-applied regularly.

In the Australian summer, because of the heat and the necessity of outdoor work, many people find it difficult to completely protect themselves from the sun. Some body areas such as the hands, neck and face may be regularly exposed to low-level UV damage. Such cumulative sun exposure is a primary risk factor in the development of skin cancers.

Many people have a history of sun damage — perhaps from before “sun-safe” public health messages were commonplace — but it is never too late to start protecting oneself.

Nicotinamide and skin cancer

In recent years, Australian researchers made headlines after showing that nicotinamide (a form of Vitamin B3) has protective effects against damage caused by UV radiation, and that these effects may reduce the development of new non-melanoma skin cancer and precancerous lesions (such as BCC and SCC).

Excitingly, nicotinamide may also reduce the number of lesions in patients with pre-existing skin cancers.

The new studies looked at daily oral doses of B3 about 25 times the recommended dietary intake, a level that would be difficult to attain by simply eating a better diet. Also, note that it was well-tolerated nicotinamide that was taken, not the other common forms of Vitamin B3 — niacin or nicotinic acid — which when taken at similar levels could cause unpleasant side effects such as flushing, headache, and/or low blood pressure. Before taking oral nicotinamide, consult with a dermatologist or general practitioner to see whether it is suitable for you.

These discoveries promise to revolutionise thinking around skin cancer… and especially when applied directly to UV-exposed skin (that is, topically).

Topical Nicotinamide

For those with sun-damaged skin, or those who have suffered skin cancers scares, topical nicotinamide is safe, just as effective as oral B3, and is now recommended by the Cancer Council of NSW. It has been proposed as an additive to sunscreens to boost their effectiveness in reducing UV damage to skin.

Applying nicotinamide to specific areas of skin that may be of concern (for example, to sun damaged hands, neck or face) eliminates the necessity of exposing the entire body to an oral dose.

At BCP, we have long known that topical Vitamin B3 also has many benefits for sufferers of acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation and melasma. It may also have anti-ageing effects, including improved skin elasticity and reductions in hyperpigmented “age” spots, less red blotchiness and sallowness (yellowing) and improvements of fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical nicotinamide is available in our BCP Vitamin B3 Gel, or as one of the many options available for our BCP Custom Skincare creams and serums.

About BCP Custom Skincare

A glaring disparity

As both pharmacists and industrially-trained cosmetics formulators, it was clear to us that there was a massive gap between the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sciences, a gap in both thought and approach.

While both schools require the formulation of products to meet consumer requirements, pharmaceutical science centres around ingredient effects and the evidence for those effects, while cosmetic science is based purely on marketing and presentation.

Pharmaceutical science often only focuses on disorders and their treatment, but what about the maintenance of healthy skin?

On the other hand cosmetic-aisle products often claim to care for your skin, but the industry requires products to be both profitable and to have a shelf-life of two years, necessitating the inclusion of cheap petroleum-based ingredients, as well as preservatives and chemical stabilisers. Many of these may be detrimental to one’s skin or even one’s health. Similarly, for reasons of product differentiation, cosmetic marketing requires the addition of unnecessary colours and fragrances—and these chemicals are some of the most allergenic and dubiously safe ingredients in the entire formulator’s recipe book.

Our approach

Formulated exclusively for you!

First, we introduced our custom skin and hair care product personalisation service: personal care products are designed and made by our industrially-certified formulating pharmacists to suit an individual’s needs. This service continues, with great interest from people who care about their skin and its health. The most common products we make include moisturisers, gentle skin cleansers, exfoliating scrubs, and shampoos and conditioners to suit a range of hair types.

Yet we wanted to redefine skincare products to optimally achieve and maintain skin health. This meant that our skincare products should contain as few all-natural ingredients as possible, and every ingredient should possess good scientific evidence for its health benefits. Nothing would be included where even a suggestion that that it might cause harm existed. Our skincare products would have an optimal pH – the same acidity as healthy skin.

Then an idea occurred to us to take our goal a step further… an idea as old as the profession of pharmacy itself: custom-made all-natural skincare products, crafted while you wait.

The BCP Skincare System

We designed an easy four-step process to help you design an all-natural hyaluronate-based moisturiser best suited for your skin and needs.

  1. Choose one of four moisturiser bases depending on your skin type and need;
  2. Choose vitamin additives for their health effects;
  3. Choose a natural, organic oil for benefits that suit your skin;
  4. Choose a quantity that suits your level of use.

These products are minimally preserved (and we can make them preservative free on request), giving them a three-month shelf life.

We believe your skin will be enhanced in a way that you have never seen before.

We call this service the BCP Custom Skincare system (click to learn more).


BCP products are unique, because they are formulated by pharmacists.

Caring for baby’s skin

Everyone knows how special a baby’s skin is… or do they? It is very different from an adult’s skin, and requires special care.


Why is it so important to be careful when putting anything onto your babies skin? Well, because a baby’s skin:

  • is only about half as thick as an adult’s skin and remains undeveloped until about a year of age, so chemicals diffuse across it and into the bloodstream much more easily and quickly;
  • lacks an adult’s metabolic enzymes. Without these enzymes it cannot ‘deactivate’ many chemicals, making baby more prone to irritation and sensitivity reactions;
  • is only slightly acidic when compared with adult skin. Applying alkaline products to baby’s skin (such as most commercial soaps and cleansers) risks irritation and dermatitis; and
  • has a very large surface area relative to the baby’s size. Even small amounts of absorbed chemicals results in higher blood concentrations than would occur in an adult.

To meet commercial two-year shelf life requirements, most available baby care products contain high levels of chemical preservatives and stabilisers—yet these chemicals are known to both dermatologists and cosmetic formulators as the main perpetrators of skin irritation. Why do we require such long shelf lives from these products, especially for baby care? A skin cream consists of water and oil in emulsion, something like dairy cream. Imagine dipping your finger into a jar of dairy cream on the shelf, every day, for two years. How much preservative would be needed in that cream to keep it from going bad? Would you eat something like that (even if it was ‘organic’)?

At BCP we make our baby care products fresh and on site, specifically for each and every individual. This means that our products can be made free of added preservatives and chemical stabilisers. Our baby care products have a pH of 5.o to match the natural pH of baby’s skin, thus soothing and protecting the skin against alkaline irritation.

If you would like to learn more about any of the chemicals and ingredients in your baby’s skincare products (such as preservatives, essential oils, sunscreens or stabilisers) don’t hesitate to call and ask one of our qualified formulating pharmacists.

Your baby’s skin will thank you!

Skincare products and skin pH

What is the pH of your skin, and why does it matter?

Acid vs. Alkaline vs. “Neutral”

You might have heard these terms thrown about in relation to all manner of things. But what do they mean? Pure water has a pH of 7, and this is called “neutral pH”. Lower pH values than 7 are acidic, and values greater than 7 are alkaline.

Because a logarithmic scale is used for pH measurements, actual acidity increases much faster than the numerical decrease in pH might seem to indicate. A pH of 5, for example, is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 6—and 100 times more than a pH of 7.


Normal skin pH and normal skin flora

The surface of healthy skin is a thin oily film atop the outmost layer of skin. It has an acidic pH, on average between 4 and 5, due to lactic acid from sweat and from production by normal skin bacteria. This acidic surface acts as an inhibitory barrier to invasive microorganisms, and so it is sometimes called the “acid mantle”—a necessary part of your body’s defence system. Healthy skin bacteria, the “bacterial flora” that live around and atop of your skin cells, grow better in this acidic environment. The bacterial flora not only help to maintain the acidity of the acid mantle of your skin, but also protect your skin by out-competing other invading microorganisms for resources.

Different areas of skin may have different pH values, even in the same body area like the face. Men often have have lower skin pH values than women (although they may be more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections, due to their skin’s higher oil content). Babies have a less acidic skin than older children and adults.

Soaps and skin cleansers

Most skin cleansers on sale today contain inexpensive alkaline surfactants that are similar or even identical to those found in dishwashing detergent. Soaps, by the chemistry of their manufacture, are very alkaline. At least one study of commercial skincare products found that the majority of soap cleansers have a pH of 9 to 10—that is to say, quite alkaline.

Alkaline cleansers make your skin feel “squeaky clean”—i.e., not greasy—but in doing so they strip it of its acidic mantle, making it much easier for potentially harmful chemicals, allergens and bacteria to find their way in. As an example, the foaming agents sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and its analogues (e.g. sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)) are found in almost every cleanser, yet under alkaline conditions their well-known ability to cause skin irritation is exacerbated.

Moisturisers and other cosmetics, too, can be far more alkaline than your skin’s normal pH.  Some cosmetics companies even erroneously claim that healthy skin is pH neutral—but this is both factually wrong and unscientific.

When the acid mantle is disrupted by alkaline conditions, healthy skin bacteria do not thrive and are more likely to fall off. With out their protection your skin’s acid mantle is weakened even further, and sometimes this can lead to skin disorders.

Skin disorders and skin pH

While everybody has a naturally different proportion of sweat to oils in their sebum that can sometimes “naturally” take skin away from its natural balance, most often it is external changes that cause unhealthy skin. Short-term use of alkaline products on your skin can cause transient symptoms of skin “tightness”, itching, dryness and/or excessive oil production. Continued use of these alkaline products weakens the acid mantle over time, causing irritation, inflammation, and infections.

Alkaline skin has been implicated in causing or worsening a range of medical skin conditions, including acne, various kinds of dermatitis (particularly atopic dermatitis and its secondary bacterial infections) and rosacea. Certainly, sufferers of these conditions should avoid irritating heavily foaming facial cleansers—but paying particular heed to the skin’s pH should be just as important.

Wound healing and pH

Most skin disorders involve some kind of damage to the skin that requires healing, and the pH of the skin in and around wounds (even small wounds, such as acne lesions) can affect the processes required for their healing. It is well known clinically that chronically non-healing wounds (e.g., ulcers) contain an elevated alkaline environment, and that all wound healing occurs better and more rapidly when in an acidic environment.

Maintain natural skin acidity AND keep clean and moisturised? How?

  • Use acidic pH-balanced skin care products and avoid harsh soaps
  • Moisturise regularly with a slightly acidic moisturiser
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure

So, what does “pH-balanced” mean when purchasing soaps and cleansers? Such claims abound on supermarket shelves… but at what pH are these products balanced? One study on a range of cleansers for the treatment of acne, for example, revealed pH values anywhere from 4.5 to 10.5, and a disturbing majority of the products were very alkaline.

Few of the bewildering array of skin care products in the supermarket isle describe their pH value on the packaging. Without the use of sophisticated pH-measuring equipment, it is frustratingly impossible to know which might be the most appropriate.

All of this may seem to present quite a challenge… and for many people with skin problems, it can be an uncomfortable one. Yet one fact remains: while maintaining your skin’s acid mantle can be a fine balance, it is vital to your skin’s health.

The pH of our products

At Border Compounding Pharmacy, all of our products are designed to promote better health. Naturally, then, our skin care products are formulated with an acidic pH. Whenever possible, this is between 4.0 and 4.5 to match the pH range of skin.

Applying products with such pH values changes the surface of your skin toward the healthy pH range, promoting growth of normal bacterial flora and a protective acid mantle… and that is even before the benefits of our use of hyaluronate gel bases, our range of vitamins, our all-natural organic oils and our no-added preservative formulations.

Read more about some of our innovative products, all formulated with a skin-appropriate acidic pH:

All of our products can be further customised to suit the individual needs of your skin.

More information

Want to learn more about skin pH, or about how our acidic pH-balanced products might help you? Our industrially-certified formulating pharmacists are available to help. Simply contact us with your enquiry or needs.

BCP products are unique, because they are formulated by pharmacists.


BCP Body Butter

Emollient (adj): having the quality of softening or soothing the skin.

Our new BCP Body Butter provides maximum emollience for extremely dry skin. It is formulated using only highest quality natural ingredients, making it extremely soft and smooth to apply. Your skin will be restored almost immediately.

BCP Body Butter is truly fresh – made on site, on the spot, with virtually no preservatives. Like most of our products, once it is prepared for you in an airtight pump, it will have a shelf life of 3 months.

As with all of our skincare products, BCP Body Butter is balanced with healthy skin’s natural pH and contains only natural oils and ingredients:

  • Avocado oil
  • Water
  • Squalene
  • Shea Butter
  • Beeswax
  • Non-ionic natural emulsifier
  • Vegetable-derived glycerin
  • Vitamin E
  • Essential oil derived preservative

Each of these ingredients has been selected for its benefits… but as with all of our products, if a particular ingredient does not suit, or if you would like something else added in, we can personalise it to suit you.

BCP products are unique, because they are formulated by pharmacists.

We understand that everyone’s skin is different—and we believe that no skin is too difficult to treat!

To order our Body Butter or to learn more about it, please contact us!

Hyaluronate and your skin

What is hyaluronate?

Hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid, a ubiquitous biopolymer. The average person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronic acid in their body, and roughly one­ third of it is replaced and remade every day. It is a powerful humectant, or absorber and retainer of water. It is capable of holding over 1000x its own weight in water – in fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 6 litres!

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally inside joints, in the vitreous humor of the eye, and in the skin. It is responsible for both hydration and for helping tissues to retain their shapes.

Hyaluronate and your skin

Hyaluronic acid is a major component of the dermis (the inner layer of the skin) and there it is one of the main mechanisms by which skin retains its moisture and elasticity. It can absorb phenomenal amounts of water—1 gram of hyaluronate can hold up to 6 litres of water—and this makes it a potent skin hydrator.

Hyaluronate also plays a large role in skin regeneration and healing. During wound healing, hyaluronate is known to be a vital part of the process by which skin cells migrate into and close wounds, repairing damage. Higher levels of hyaluronic acid in a wound have been correlated with reduced scarring.

It is also thought to provide some protection to the skin against free radical (oxidative) damage caused by ultraviolet light in sunshine.

The dermis of young skin contains abundant levels of hyaluronate, but its levels decline with ageing and sun exposure. Skin becomes dryer and less elastic with age, leading to sagging, wrinkles and lines.

When included in skin care products, hyaluronate is highly moisturising and produces a highly lubricating skin feel. Its ability to increase skin elasticity and to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is well-known. It has also been shown to be effective for relieving dry, scaly skin, even when it is caused by conditions like atopic dermatitis. It is non-comedogenic, has regenerative properties, and it is suitable for ANY skin type (e.g. acne prone, oily, dry, sensitive or rosacea affected).

Our products

Here at Border Compounding Pharmacy we use hyaluronate extensively in our products, for the many beneficial properties described above.

Some of our products that contain hyaluronate include:

More information

Want to know more about the beneficial effects of hyaluronate?

Would you like to try a product containing hyaluronate?

It’s easy. Simply contact us.

Vitamin B5 and your skin


Vitamin B5, pantothenic acid

What is Vitamin B5?

Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenate, or pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is required by your body to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is an essential nutrient, and is found in almost all foods. However, when a vitamin is ingested it may function elsewhere in the body, and not specifically the skin—and if mistreated, the skin may suffer.

A precursor of vitamin B5 (“pro-vitamin B5”) is sometimes found in commercial skincare products, known as panthenol or dexpanthenol. It is rapidly converted by the skin into pantothenic acid.

Why put Vitamin B5 on your skin?

As with other vitamins, vitamin B5 has been shown to have beneficial actions when applied directly to the skin.

There have been many studies on topical Vitamin B5 , and the following effects on the skin have been reported:

  • Improved wound healing
  • Scar reduction on both old and new scars
  • Increased skin elasticity
  • Reduced skin dryness and itching
  • Anti-inflammatory properties against UV damage to skin
  • Decreased wrinkles and age spots
  • Protection against irritation.

Our Vitamin B5 skin-care products

Interested in trying Vitamin B5 for your skin? It is available as an option with BCP Custom Skincare, our easy 4-step approach to personalised skincare. Download your order form today!

Of course, we can also include Vitamin B5 in almost any other product, as a part of our custom skin and hair care product personalisation service. Let our industrially-certified formulators design and make a skincare or personal care product that suits your needs.

More information

To learn more about the benefits of Vitamin B5, or to purchase a Vitamin B5-containing product, just contact us.

The BCP Custom Skincare system

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BCP Custom Skincare is an easy four-step system to help you design a moisturiser that is best suited for your skin and needs.

Step 1: Choose your base consistency

To help you on your custom skincare journey, we have formulated four base moisturisers: three creams and a serum.

Our organic cream bases contain avocado oil, squalene and hyaluronate, a combination that is naturally rich in vitamins A and D, with anti-ageing properties. These bases are formulated to match the skin’s natural pH. They spread easily on the skin and penetrate deeply, keeping skin hydrated, elastic, soft and smooth.

We describe our bases by their skin-feel and emollience:

Emollient (adj): having the quality of softening or soothing the skin.

LIGHT Avocado Oil
A light and non-greasy cream base that soothes and revives dry and tired skin.
Especially suitable for young skin and for application to the face.
MEDIUM Avocado Oil
Shea Butter
A cream base made slightly more emollient by the addition of Shea butter (which adds antioxidants, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids and vitamins).
Suitable for all skin types.
HEAVY Avocado Oil
Shea Butter
Our most emollient cream base. The addition of beeswax makes this base deeply moisturising, as well as increasing the vitamin A content and imparting antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Very suitable for dry, aged or damaged skin.
SERUM (15ml only) Hyaluronate Our serum base is the lightest in consistency overall, yet still deeply hydrating. Useful as a simple base for the addition of specific vitamins and oils, such as those below.

Step 2: Choose your vitamins

You can add vitamins to help heal, protect, and hydrate your skin.

Coenzyme Q10 Potent antioxidant
Heals & repairs
Increases collagen production
May protect against damage from sun exposure
Reduces the appearance of skin wrinkles & age spots
Vitamin A Improves skin cell turnover
Stimulates new blood vessel formation
Promotes collagen remodelling
Reduces the visible signs of ageing
May reduce acne
Vitamin B3 Important for cellular metabolism
Essential for healthy skin
May reduce acne, rosacea & skin hyperpigmentation
Reduces the visible signs of ageing
Vitamin E Strong antioxidant
Protects skin cell membranes from damage
May assist with wound healing
Vitamin B5 Increases skin elasticity
Nurtures skin against itching, dryness, and irritation
Improves the appearance of age-related skin changes like wrinkles & spots
May improve wound healing
May reduce the visibility of old and new scars
Vitamin K Reduces dark circles under eyes
Assists with bruise healing
May reduce rosacea
Vitamin B12 Necessary for metabolism of fatty & amino acids
Important in DNA synthesis
May relieve eczema & psoriasis

Read more on our skincare vitamins and their effects.

Step 3: Choose your extra oils

You can add one or more of our range of specialist organic oils, to add emollience and skin-enhancing properties.

Almond Oil High levels of omega 6 & 9 fatty acids
Moisturises all skin types
Olive Oil High levels of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids
Suited to dry or mature skin
Soothes irritated skin
Lanolin oil Similar to the skin’s natural oils
High in moisturising alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA)
Very good for barrier creams
Rosehip Oil Rich in omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids and Vitamins A, E & C
Rich in lycopene & beta carotene
Powerful antioxidant properties
Nurtures skin regeneration
Improves the appearance of age-related skin changes (e.g. wrinkles & spots)
Coconut oil Antibacterial properties
Protects skin cells from damage
Deeply hydrating

Read more about the oils in our skincare products here.

Step 4: Choose your size

Our BCP Custom Skincare products are supplied in easy-to-use airless pump dispensers that keep the product fresh and free of contamination.

100ml pump $49
200ml pump $69
15ml pen (Serum only) $49

BCP Custom Skincare products should be stored in a cool place, protected from overly warm and humid conditions (such as that found in many bathroom areas).

Get yours today

Would you like to order a BCP Custom Skincare product? There are three easy ways to let us know how you would like your skincare.

Any questions? Why not contact our friendly professional staff, and let us help you.


BCP products are unique, because they are formulated by pharmacists.

We can include a range of fragrances, or you can leave them fragrance-free. Also, for those concerned about preservatives, we can make them preservative-free.

We also customise other skin and hair care products (e.g. cleansers, shampoos, or conditioners).

However you prefer your skincare, we have the expertise to prepare it—just for you!