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Lanolin use: Side Effects, Dosages, Treatment, Interactions, Warnings


Lanolin for Skin: The Complete Guide

For those of us who deal with dry skin—whether it be year-round or only during the colder months—we all know that finding moisturizing products with active ingredients can sometimes be easier said than done. This is where lanolin comes in—an underrated component that soothes and prevents dry, chapped skin while restoring much-needed moisture. We tend to be intrigued by any ingredient that can assist our skin in getting through the cold, dry winter months. After reaching out to multiple dermatologists for their input, we’re pleased to say that lanolin may be the ingredient that your skin has been asking for.

We spoke with cosmetic chemist Shilpi Jain, MS, integrative and functional medicine physician Frank Lipman, MD, and Dendy Engleman, MD, a Manhattan-based dermatologist and board-certified dermatologic surgeon, for all the details on lanolin and its benefits for skin.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this powerhouse skincare ingredient.


Type of ingredient: Emollient

Main benefits: Locks moisture into the skin, extremely rejuvenating and healing, allows the skin the moisturize itself from within.

Who should use it: In general, those with dry or damaged skin would benefit most from using lanolin products.

How often can you use it?: Lanolin products can be used daily, both morning and night.

Works well with: Lanolin works best alongside other moisturizing products, as it assists in locking moisture into the skin.

Don’t use with: In general, lanolin is safe to use with most ingredients and products.

What Is Lanolin?

Before we get into the logistics, let’s talk about the origin of this powerhouse ingredient. Lanolin is an oil produced by sheep and can be found in their shorn wool. This beneficial oil keeps their wool coats waterproof and deodorized. In its pure form, it looks like a yellow-colored, waxy substance. Despite its oily nature and power to keep skin hydrated from the outside in, it won’t clog pores: “It’s soothing for dry, chapped skin and also protects against cold, harsh weather conditions,” says Lipman, who calls lanolin a “winter skin wonder.” He also explains that lanolin’s coating effect keeps moisture from being drawn out while also allowing the skin to breathe. 

Lanolin has been used since ancient Greek times and is a multi-faceted asset that is becoming more popular when formulating moisturizing skincare products. Since it is an emollient ingredient, lanolin is an excellent option for sealing moisture into the skin—making it perfect for the winter months. This potent component is derived from oil secreted by sheep to condition their wool. Lanolin is then collected when the wool is sheared, so it often gets a bad rap for being received from an animal source. It has been classified as an emollient, which means that it traps in moisture and reduces the skin’s overall moisture loss.  Emollients are typically used during the treatment of dry, itchy, or scaly skin conditions. In addition to its many skin benefits, lanolin is also commonly used as a nipple ointment for sore nursing mothers, is included in diaper rash creams for babies, and is an ingredient in many lip balms, such as Lanolips. 

Benefits of Lanolin for Skin

Every dry skin woe—from tight, cracked skin, to rough, scaly patches—benefits from Lanolin.

  • Lightweight: Lanolin forms a non-occlusive barrier, which means it doesn’t smother the skin or feel too heavy.
  • Incredibly healing: Its emollient properties soften and heal aggravated areas by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin. Those with dry, scaly patches are likely to find relief.
  • Retains moisture: Lanolin is fantastic at keeping moisture trapped within the skin. Its emollient nature makes it a key ingredient in many face creams, as it amps up the moisturizing properties of other ingredients: “It is widely prevalent in skincare for its emollient and film forming properties as it has a waxy feel to it,” says Jain. “It has been used for its moisturizing, smoothing, humectant, and emulsifying properties in thick creams for face and body.”
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Since lanolin does retain so much moisture, it may plump the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, which makes it successful when formulating anti-aging products.
  • Heals chapped lips: Lanolin can penetrate the moisture barrier of the lips, as opposed to just sitting right on top. This makes it an excellent option for healing dry, chapped lips. Lanolin is also featured in many overnight lip masks—giving you plump, hydrated lips while you sleep.

Side Effects of Lanolin

If you are allergic to wool, you should steer clear of lanolin, since it is wool-derived. According to Maryam Zamani, MD, a London-based oculoplastic surgeon and the creator of MZ Skin, you should also avoid lanolin if you have congested pores. “If you have blocked pores or problem skin, I would avoid using any products containing lanolin on your skin,” she says.

Jain concurs, adding that lanolin can be irritating to sensitive skin types and may cause allergic reactions on cracked skin, as it is an occlusive. “Lanolin Alcohol is the primary ingredient used in skincare,” says Jain. “It is mostly used in medicated ointments for cracked skin, eczema, burns and scrapes and many other conditions, however, rather than healing, it can cause severe allergic reaction due to its occlusive nature and being slightly comedogenic.” Those with oily skin can also benefit from lanolin but may want to apply it in sparse amounts to avoid an overproduction of oil. You can prevent widespread allergic reactions and product sensitivities by doing a patch test.

How to Use It

The correct way to utilize lanolin varies, depending on the product that the ingredient is featured in. Make sure to correctly read the instructions and always perform a patch test before adding any new products to your regular skincare routine.

In general, lanolin can be used daily and is found in many different skincare products and formulations. You will more than likely reap the most benefits by applying your chosen product and leaving it on overnight—or for an extended period—while lanolin penetrates the skin to aid in moisture retention.

The Best Products With Lanolin

In addition to pure lanolin, many moisturizing cosmetic products on the market incorporate it as an ingredient, including lip balms, cuticle creams, and more. Since your options are endless, we’ve compiled a list of dermatologist’s favorites to make your search a bit easier. Keep scrolling to see their preferences.

DCT (Daily Conditioning Treatment)


Recommended by Zamani, this daily conditioning treatment by Blistex is a favorite of hers. “My favorite lip balm is Blistex’s DCT (Daily Conditioning Treatment) that contains lanolin. It has SPF 20 and is the only balm that keeps my lips feeling hydrated and nourished, especially during the cooler months. It is still important to use SPF during the winter, which is another reason I love this lip balm.

Lip Repair


Engleman swears by Aquaphor. “Aquaphor is incredibly effective at moisturizing severely cracked or dry areas. It works by preventing loss of water in the skin, which allows natural oils to nourish and repair. This product uses lanolin to condition and soothe dry skin,” she says.

The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm


Engleman also recommends this ointment, saying, “LANO’s 101 Ointment is one of my favorites. It works for so many different skincare concerns—from dry, chapped lips and cuticles to burns, eczema, and beyond. It really is a wonder ingredient for hydration and healing alike. Overall, the LANO brand has a full range of lanolin-based products that are ideal for hydrating and moisturizing.”

Triple Lanolin
Hand & Body Lotion


As its name would suggest, this hand and body lotion is ultra-enriching, providing moisture to dry skin via a quickly-absorbing formula. The moisture lasts all day but it isn’t sticky (and the affordable price means you can keep a bottle in every room of the house).

Deborah Lippman
Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment Pen


Lanolin oil serves as a natural humectant in this easy-to-use cuticle pen, promising to provide moisture to the cuticle while potassium hydroxide is meant to exfoliate dry skin away.

What It Is, How It Works, Uses, Benefits

Lanolin is a waxy substance naturally produced as a protective barrier for sheep’s wool. It’s become a popular ingredient in moisturizers, hair care products, and soaps and is widely promoted as a natural skin care remedy for people who are breastfeeding. Learn about the potential risks, safety, efficacy of lanolin and lanolin-based products.

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What It Is

The sebaceous glands of sheep secrete lanolin, which keeps their wool soft, moisturized, and guarded against the outside elements. Lanolin has similar properties to the sebum that’s secreted by our skin.

To extract lanolin for commercial use, raw wool is either treated with a soap solution or kneaded in hot water. A centrifuge then isolates the lanolin. Further processing includes bleaching, deodorizing, and drying.

Lanolin is a waxy substance that’s refined from sheep’s wool.

In the United States, there are over 50 unique types of sheep. There are new breeds introduced all the time from a pool of over 1,000 different species available worldwide. Certain sheep are raised solely for their wool. Others are grown for their meat or dairy, while many types serve multiple purposes.

The wool of different breeds varies by length and texture. There are fine wool sheep, long wool sheep, medium wool sheep, hair sheep, and specialty types.

Fine wool sheep produce the most lanolin. Although the fleece of fine wool sheep is generally shorter, it has high market value because it’s not as itchy. For instance, Merino wool is a popular product from fine wool breeds. Its high lanolin content keeps the texture of Merino wool soft and fluffy.

The industrial processing of raw lanolin transforms it into a product called Lansinoh. Lansinoh is virtually free of pesticides, detergents, and natural alcohols. As opposed to raw lanolin, Lansinoh has less allergic potential, making it more appealing for widespread use.

How Lanolin Works

Lanolin is known as an occlusive moisturizer. This means lanolin works by reducing water loss from the skin, similar to petroleum. While petroleum can block in 98% of the water from our skin, lanolin prevents evaporation by 20% to 30%.

Lanolin is effective but not as heavy as petroleum. After purification, it’s mixed with other types of moisturizers, along with fragrances and dyes, etc. for commercial use.


Doctors often recommend lanolin to people who are breastfeeding to ease nipple pain. La Leche League International also endorses this use. Study results are mixed. Some researchers report that the benefits of lanolin extend beyond other standard treatments (such as using expressed breast milk).

Others indicate that lanolin has minimal impact on soreness after breastfeeding. Nonetheless, people given lanolin by their doctors report greater satisfaction with their overall postpartum care.

Several infant care products also contain lanolin, like baby oil and diaper rash cream. Beyond its relevance on the maternity ward, a variety of over-the-counter products use lanolin as well, such as:

  • Eye creams
  • Hemorrhoid medication
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion for dry skin
  • Makeup and makeup removers
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Mustache wax
  • Shaving cream

Structure and Composition

Lanolin differs slightly from human sebum because it does not contain any triglycerides. On a molecular level, lanolin alcohols and acids make up the majority of lanolin. These compounds combine to form various structures known as esters, diesters, and high-molecular-weight hydroxyesters.

When an alcohol and an acid bond together, esters are produced. This reaction is a condensation reaction, meaning water is lost during the process.

“Wool fat” is a term often used to describe lanolin. However, a more accurate descriptor is “wool wax.” Waxes and fats are similar but not quite the same. Both will leave a grease spot on when placed on paper and are dissolvable by the same solvents.

The physical properties of waxes, like lanolin, are ideal for lubricating, polishing, and waterproofing. Similar to beeswax, lanolin is malleable but also hardens at room temperature. That’s why “firm” mustache creams frequently contain lanolin.


Although not all research results agree, some studies have demonstrated lanolin’s benefits for breastfeeding. A study based in Brazil placed 180 women in two test groups. One group used highly purified anhydrous (HPA) lanolin, while the second group was instructed to apply expressed breastmilk (another common remedy for nipple soreness).

Over a seven-day treatment period, the lanolin group reported significant improvements in pain and physical trauma when compared to the expressed breastmilk group.

As an occlusive moisturizer, it makes sense to include lanolin in the formulation of skin care products and creams. There is no hard evidence to suggest that lanolin is better than petroleum-based or synthetic waxes; however, many people like the fact that lanolin is a natural substance.


The ingestion of lanolin can cause lanolin poisoning. Symptoms are usually mild and may include:

If severe symptoms develop, don’t hesitate to call 911. Be ready to provide critical information like the individual’s age, height, weight, and the item responsible for the reaction.

Call the National Poison Control Help Hotline (1-800-222-1222) if you suspect possible lanolin poisoning. Open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, this toll-free line will connect you with a poison control expert who can advise you on what to do next.

Lanolin poisoning differs from a lanolin allergy. If you’re allergic to wool, you should probably avoid lanolin products to be on the safe side. Lanolin allergies may cause the following symptoms: 

  • Rash or itching (on the area it was applied)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the throat, lips, eyes, or mouth

Avoid an adverse reaction by only using lanolin as intended. Keep lanolin away from young children who might accidentally swallow a dangerous quantity of it.

If you’ve never tried skin creams with lanolin before, consider testing a small patch of skin first to determine whether you have a sensitivity to it. Even if you’re not allergic, lanolin can be irritating for some people.


The FDA regulates lanolin under the category of: “Skin protectant drug products for over-the-counter human use. “ Products advertising lanolin should contain between 12.5% to 50% lanolin as the active ingredient. International lanolin products may vary in their concentration and purity.

A Word From Verywell

While many people swear by the moisturizing benefits of lanolin, others experience negative reactions or find it ineffective. If you notice irritation from lanolin-based products, you’re better off avoiding them and trying alternatives, like beeswax or petroleum products.

Experimenting with different treatments will help you discover the best substances for your skin type. If you’re unsure about whether lanolin is safe for you to try, ask a dermatologist or pharmacist. When using new products, it’s always best to start with a small area of application to see how your body will react.

lanolin topical | Michigan Medicine

What is the most important information I should know about lanolin topical?

Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What is lanolin topical?

Lanolin is a natural substance found in sheep’s wool. This product is made with manufacturing processes that reduce certain allergens in the lanolin.

Lanolin topical (for the skin) is used to treat or prevent dry skin, itching or other skin irritation caused by conditions such as diaper rash, radiation therapy skin burns, and others.

Lanolin topical is also used to treat sore and cracked nipples caused by breast-feeding.

Lanolin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lanolin topical?

You should not use lanolin topical if you are allergic to it.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use lanolin topical if you have:

  • deep wounds or open sores;
  • swelling, warmth, redness, oozing, or bleeding;
  • large areas of skin irritation; or
  • any type of allergy.

Lanolin topical is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Seek a doctor’s advice if you are pregnant.

Lanolin topical is often applied to the skin of the nipple area to treat conditions caused by breast-feeding. This product is not expected to harm a nursing baby. Use only as directed.

How should I take lanolin topical?

Lanolin topical is available in cream or ointment form. Use your medicine exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Lanolin topical is for use only on the skin. If this product gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.

Apply a small amount of lanolin topical to the affected area and rub in gently.

To use lanolin topical for sore nipples: Apply a pea-sized amount to the entire nipple area after each feeding. You do not need to wash off lanolin topical before breast-feeding again.

When using lanolin topical to treat or prevent diaper rash: Clean the diaper area well and allow it to dry thoroughly before applying the medicine. Apply at each diaper change as needed.

To treat or prevent radiation therapy skin burns: Ask your healthcare professional which brand to use and when to apply it (before or after each radiation treatment).

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using lanolin topical.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this product is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Seek medical advice if your condition does not improve after using lanolin topical.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while taking lanolin topical?

Avoid getting lanolin topical in your eyes.

What are the possible side effects of lanolin topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using lanolin topical and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or irritation where the product was applied.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect lanolin topical?

Other drugs may interact with lanolin topical, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about lanolin topical.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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What Is Lanolin + 4 Interesting Cream/Liquid Uses

Lanolin has been used for thousands of years for its ability to soften and relieve dry, painful, and cracked skin. Its popularity peaked in the mid-1900s but is now declining due to its potential to cause skin allergies. Read on to find out more about the uses of lanolin, precautions, and user experiences.

What is Lanolin?

Lanolin comes from wool grease, which is a wax secreted by sheep glands. Lanolin protects sheep wool from the weather and harsh environments [1].

The ability of lanolin to help cleanse the skin and retain its moisture makes it a common component in cosmetics and medical creams. However, its potential to cause allergies in sensitive people is a potential downside [2].

To be safe for use, lanolin must contain only a small percentage of fatty acids, moisture, ash, and chloride. There must be no alkali, ammonia, glycerin, petrolatum, or other impurities present [1].

Mechanism of Action

Lanolin has strong emulsifying properties. This means that lanolin is able to break large fat particles, mix them with an aqueous phase, and distribute them evenly. It also helps with absorption. Because of these properties, lanolin combines well with materials used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals [1].

Lanolin also has soothing, cleansing, and lubricating properties. These make it useful in the medical field as a base for creams and ointments [1].

Uses of Lanolin

1) Dry & Damaged Skin

Medilan is a medical-grade lanolin that is ultra-purified and hypoallergenic, meaning that it causes very little irritation to the skin. Lanolin increases the water content in your skin. The hypoallergenic, soothing, and moisturizing nature of lanolin makes it useful for eczema and other dry skin conditions [2].

Premature babies do not have an effective skin barrier. In one randomized study of 60 premature infants, the infants received topical lanolin treatment twice daily for 2 weeks. Topical lanolin decreased the amount of water lost through the skin, the severity of dermatitis, and the bacteria on the outer layer of skin [3].

A second, 4-week study of 173 premature infants compared lanolin use to emollient cream use. The infants undergoing lanolin treatment showed a bigger decrease in dermatitis symptoms [4].

Lanolin helps increase new skin growth, which supports wound healing. In a pig study, topical lanolin applied to skin wounds significantly increased new skin growth. However, lanolin also increased skin inflammation [5].

Nipple Cream

A traumatic nipple is one of the most common problems for breastfeeding mothers. Many studies have found that lanolin is an effective nipple cream.

In one 14-day study of 126 breastfeeding mothers, lanolin was among the most therapeutic creams in relieving nipple pain [6].

In another study of 151 breastfeeding women, women in the lanolin group reported higher satisfaction with their feeding method and were able to withstand longer feedings compared to the group that used a commercial product [7].

A third study of 84 mothers showed that lanolin cream was more effective than breast milk. Thus, lanolin is an effective way to reduce nipple pain and promote healing of nipple trauma [8].

Chapped Lips

Chemotherapy can cause problems with the lips that can lead to infection. In a study of 57 chemotherapy patients, those that used lanolin showed less dehydration. However, lanolin did not reduce lip pain [9].

2) Dry Eyes

Lanolin has an effect on treating dry eyes and corneal abrasions. Corneal abrasions are when the outer layer of the eye (cornea) is scratched.

One study of 120 patients tested lanolin’s protective effects on the cornea. Lanolin and polythene both prevented corneal abrasions [10].

In mice with dry eyes, lanolin reduced dryness and was safe for corneal application [11].

3) Anal Fissures

An anal fissure is a tear of any size in the anus, often characterized by blood in the stool.

In a study of 71 children, the group that received topical lanolin ointment had 92.9% healing of their anal fissures [12].

4) Hair Quality

Lanolin is a conditioning agent in shampoos and conditioners. Conditioning agents increase softness and gloss while reducing flyaways and tangles. Lanolin can increase lubrication, luster, and hair softness [13].

Limitations and Caveats

Most of the studies on lanolin are very old. Lanolin was at its peak in popularity in the mid-1900s, so most of the studies are from that time. The use of lanolin is quite limited because of the prevalence of allergy and limited knowledge about the allergy details [14].

Lanolin Side Effects

Lanolin can cause allergic reactions in sensitive patients. This has caused concern about its use [15].

On the other hand, a study determined there is no prominent allergen in lanolin and that lanolin is a weak irritant. There has not been a single case of allergy reported by workers engaged in recovering wool wax. This is important because they have the most contact with lanolin [14].

How to Use


Medalin is a medical-grade lanolin cream, ultra-purified and hypoallergenic. Medalin is a common cream used for dry skin. There are also many drugstore versions of lanolin cream used for dry lips, nipple irritation, and dry skin [2, 3].

Liquid lanolin retains the properties of lanolin. The liquid increases the spreadability and is more easily used in products [16].

User Experiences

The opinions expressed in this section are solely from the users who may or may not have a medical background. SelfDecode does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider user experiences as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on SelfDecode.

Some mothers that have used lanolin-based creams while breastfeeding claim that it is able to instantly soothe their painful nipples. But, they also say it is also usually thick and sticky, which makes it hard to apply.

Patients who have used lanolin for dry, irritated skin say that it is the only product that can hydrate their dry and cracked skin. But, they also say it typically does not smell good and is not easy to spread on the skin.

Some people who have used lanolin as a lip moisturizer claim that it made their lips drier than they were original, while other users claim that it has made their lips soft and that they are no longer peeling.

Lanolin topical ointment

What is this medicine?

LANOLIN (lan o lin) is used on the skin to treat or prevent minor skin irritations such as blisters, burns, dry skin, and diaper rash.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): LanaShield, Soothe & Cool

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lanolin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription or product label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a generous amount to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use other skin products at the same site without asking your doctor or health care professional.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if the area you are treating does not get better within a week.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature. Keep closed while not in use. Throw away an unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

Are Lanolin Products Safe to Use While Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding discomfort is a significant problem for many women, especially nipple pain. Many women cite nipple pain as the main reason they stop breastfeeding. If you are dealing with nipple pain or cracked or bleeding nipples, you may be wondering what products you can use to help make nursing more comfortable.

Lanolin cream is a nipple cream often used to help cope with this breastfeeding problem. Read on to find out if lanolin is safe for mothers and babies while breastfeeding, how to use it to reduce pain while breastfeeding, and when it’s time to see a professional.

What Is Lanolin Cream?

Lanolin is a mixture of alcohol esters and fatty acids derived from sheep’s wool. It’s used in many different kinds of cosmetic and pharmaceutical ointments, such as soap and lubricants. It looks like thick yellowish-white cream or paste.

If you’ve felt a sheep’s wool, you may have felt the greasy feeling of lanolin near the root of the wool, which helps condition the wool and keep it soft and moisturized.


Lanolin cream is safe to use on intact skin while breastfeeding and is non-toxic for both mother and baby. You do not have to wipe it off or remove it before your baby breastfeeds.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the most common side effect that is associated with the use of lanolin cream is an allergic reaction or skin irritation. While still relatively rare, allergy to lanolin and lanolin products has increased slightly to affect about 1.81% of the population.

Lanolin products should be avoided in people with a known allergy to wool.

If you experience any increased skin irritation or pain, skin cracking, or bleeding after using lanolin cream, or your baby’s mouth develops any sores or redness, you should discontinue using it. Though lanolin is generally considered safe, you or your baby may be sensitive to the cream. If your nipple pain persists, see a lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist. 

How to Use

You can apply lanolin cream or paste directly onto your nipples or any affected areas on your areola anytime you are experiencing nipple pain, or as a preventive measure. You can safely apply the cream to cracked and bleeding areas, but any open areas may need additional time to heal.

Because you don’t have to wipe it off before feeding, you can apply the cream before you nurse, leave it on during your baby’s breastfeeding session, and apply it after nursing as well. If you use lanolin before breastfeeding, however, apply it 10 to 15 minutes before your baby is going to nurse to give it time to absorb into your skin.

Lanolin cream is greasy, so it does have the potential to stain your clothing or any blankets if it comes into contact with fabric, so take precautions to avoid stains during use.

If it does stain your clothing or blankets, you can use a grease-fighting soap to soak and wash the fabric to remove the stain. You should store your lanolin cream in a cool, dry place. If it is exposed to warmer temperatures, the cream may liquefy. The cream can still be used, but you might want to allow it to turn back into a solid at cooler temperatures.

You can also lubricate your breast pump parts with a small amount of lanolin. Doing so will help the pumping be more comfortable and will allow the pump to draw in more of the breast.

Where to Buy

Lanolin is available over-the-counter and many times it is provided by hospitals for new mothers before they go home with their baby. Your doctor may also give you a prescription for it. There are popular name-brand versions of lanolin cream as well as generic products you can purchase.

There are different types of lanolin processing, so you will want to look for a lanolin cream that is pure and preservative-free so that it is as safe as possible for your infant.

A Word From Verywell

Breastfeeding-related nipple pain is a concern for many women and in some cases, may cause them to stop breastfeeding altogether. There are solutions you can try to ease the pain of nursing, including using baby-safe products like lanolin cream.

If your discomfort with breastfeeding continues, or your nipple pain gets worse or develops into bleeding nipples, consult with a professional like a lactation consultant. In some cases, it may be helpful to get advice about adjusting your baby’s latch or position during nursing.

Common HPA Lanolin uses – Lansinoh-uk

Here at Lansinoh we are always hearing from mums that have found different lanolin uses. We know it’s great for soothing sore and cracked nipples during breastfeeding but what do you do when your breastfeeding journey has finished and you still have some of that ‘miracle cream’ remaining?

Over the last 15 years our mums have told us about many different ways in which they have used our HPA® Lanolin on themselves and their families, we’ve highlighted some uses below.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Mum

For a number of weeks our HPA® Lanolin will have been just for you and why should that change when you no longer require its soothing and protecting qualities on your nipples? Here are just a few ways other mums have found to give themselves some TLC when they no longer need HPA® Lanolin for breastfeeding purposes.

Lanolin for Lips

Lanolin has been used as a moisturising agent for centuries and in cosmetics for a number of years so it’s no surprise that it helps many mums keep their lips smooth and moisturised. Just apply a generous amount to dry lips as needed. In case you are wondering if lanolin is safe for lips, with it being a completely natural ingredient, and our HPA® Lanolin a one ingredient formula, you can be sure it’s safe to reapply whenever your lips need some TLC.

Lanolin for Cracked Heels

As a new mum you can end up walking a fair few miles trying to soothe your little one to sleep in their pushchair or sling. Take care of cracked heels by applying a small layer of HPA® Lanolin before bed and let it work its magic.

Lanolin for Ragged Cuticles

If your nail care routine has gone out of the window since having your little one, HPA® Lanolin can be used to give your cuticles some TLC and to soften them before cutting.

Lanolin as a Brow Balm

We all know that the right eyebrows make a huge difference to your face, but did you realise that you don’t need to spend ££’s on your eyebrow products? Save on an eyebrow balm and use a small amount of HPA® Lanolin to smooth your brows into place, with the added benefit of conditioning both your brow’s hair and your skin.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Dad

If your partner already helps himself to your toiletries stash you might not want to show him the benefits of our HPA® Lanolin for him… Saying that, our list below could also come in handy when you’re wondering what products you can use from your changing bag on the go!

If your partner already helps himself to your toiletries stash you might want to show him the benefits of our HPA® Lanolin for him too! Our list below could also come in handy when Dad is wondering what products he can use from your changing bag on the go!

Lanolin for Shaving Cuts

Many men use aftershave when they have a shaving cut but they could save themselves the stinging pain by using a small amount of our HPA® Lanolin, which works just as well and with no nasties like alcohol or other skin ingredients that may burn when in contact with the cut. It also acts as a skin barrier cream, protecting the wound from bacteria and outside agents.

Lanolin for Working Hands

If Dad is working hard to build your baby his or her dream room, he might need some extra care for his dry and active hands. Lanolin can be doubled as a thick hand cream, to soothe cracked skin and calluses. Even better if applied at night, to give it time to work for hours.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Baby

While your baby’s latch can be one of the key reasons you turn to our HPA® Lanolin and one of its greatest benefits is that you don’t have to remove it before breastfeeding, there are uses for baby that mums have discovered over the years.

Lanolin for Nappy Rashes

Our HPA® Lanolin has the same consistency as a number of barrier balms and, as a one ingredient product, you have the reassurance that you know what is going on your baby’s skin.

Lanolin for Dribble Rashes

Our little ones often start with the signs of teething long before any teeth arrive and with that they can often develop a dribble rash on their chin, neck and chest. Our HPA® Lanolin can help protect and soothe the area.

Lanolin for Scraped Knees

Admittedly your baby will be a toddler before they are mobile enough to get scraped knees but just like some of the uses above, HPA® Lanolin can be used to soothe and protect areas where there has been some light skin breakage. As always, for deep or wide wounds, consult a healthcare professional for advice on how best to help the area heal.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Teenagers

When your little baby hits their teens you’ll be faced with a number of new challenges. From guiding them on how to make the best life decisions for them to giving them more responsibility when it comes to looking after themselves. All of this is largely expected but did you know that HPA® Lanolin can be used to treat some common teen problems?

Lanolin for Acne Scars

Acne can be one of the biggest challenges you face when puberty hits – or even later on in life as hormones change – and scarring is common when we’re unsure how to tackle the spots that make us feel self-conscious.  HPA® Lanolin can be applied to areas where there are acne scars and offer additional moisture.


Summer Uses for Lanolin

Lanolin for Sunburn and Peeling

Sunburn can happen to any of us and we’ve all been guilty of underestimating the sun rays on a cloudy day! If you find yourself in the same predicament, you have a product on hand for the times you’ve forgotten or ignored advice because it’s ‘cloudy enough not to need it’. You only need a small layer and as with any open wound, if you are treating severe sunburn it is recommended to speak to a healthcare professional or pharmacist for advice.

Lanolin for Chafing

Summer gives you the chance to sport light and airy clothing, but sometimes this means annoying chafing! If you or your partner enjoy jogging or suffer from chafing in general, HPA® Lanolin can be used to support the healing process. Don’t forget to air the area too and try and avoid tight clothes.

Winter Uses for Lanolin

Lanolin for Red Noses from Colds

Winter brought on an annoying cold that just doesn’t seem to ease off? We’ve all been there and red and scaly noses are definitely not comfortable. Apply a small amount of HPA® Lanolin to help protect and soothe the area, both before and after blowing your nose. This way you will limit the abrasion from the tissue and treat the delicate skin at the same time.

Lanolin for Dry Skin

You may have figured this out already, but lanolin can really be used for any type of dry skin. Being a natural ingredient it will also limit the risk of allergic reactions and should be tolerated well by anyone. Due to the moisturising properties of HPA® Lanolin you can use it to treat problem areas in the same way you might use a skin balm.

We gave you a few examples of how our HPA® Lanolin can be used by different family members in different circumstances. Lanolin really is a miracle, safe ingredient, so why not experiment with it!

Please note that Lansinoh have not run tests on the above uses and many are provided based on circumstantial evidence provided by customers. If you have any concerns or underlying skin issues it is recommended to speak to the relevant healthcare professional before introducing new products to your routine.

90,000 Lanolin: effective, natural, but vegan – past

What do we know about lanolin? It provides the skin with deep nourishment, is indispensable for breast care for nursing mothers, is part of most baby creams, and it seems we had no complaints about lanolin until information from lanolin skeptics appeared that lanolin clogs pores, does not give the skin breathe, can cause allergic reactions, and even harvested to the detriment of poor sheep. Well – LookBio and the Ekokosmetika portal sorted out all the pros and cons.We read.

What is lanolin

Connoisseurs of Latin with the naked eye will understand the concept: the word “lanolin” itself comes from the Latin lana – wool and oleum – oil. This is wool animal wax, which is obtained from the digestion of sheep wool. It helps the sheep themselves to get rid of moisture that gets on the animal’s wool – sheep can walk in the rain all day and stay dry! You can find such synonyms of lanolin as Lanolinum, Adepslanae, Oesypum, wool fat, wool wax.

Lanolin consists of wax esters, lanolin alcohols and acids, which give it unique qualities (more about them below). Due to its composition, lanolin can be separated into a liquid phase (oil) and a solid phase (wax). Heating lanolin with water (hydrolysis) gives a mixture of organic acids (lanolinic acid) and a mixture of organic alcohols (lanolin alcohol).

Function in cosmetics

Lanolin is widely used in cosmetic products.Its main functions are antistatic, softening, emulsifying. It is a surfactant additive that provides a conditioning effect in skin and hair products.

Lanolin and its derivatives perfectly moisturize the skin, hair and nails. It unmistakably copes with the task of forming the so-called softening film, avoiding the loss of moisture in the skin. Lanolin also has the unique ability to absorb water. On the surface of the skin, lanolin works as a lubricant, making the skin soft and smooth.Thick and sticky lanolin stays on the skin longer than petroleum jelly, and its restorative properties are rated higher than petroleum jelly and glycerin combined. Lanolin can often be found in children’s cosmetics, shaving products, hair care, hands, nails, sunscreens and self-tanning products, in decorative cosmetics for eyes, lips, and face. Due to its wound-healing properties, pure lanolin is a godsend for nursing mothers – when applied topically in its pure form, it helps to heal cracks in the nipples and prevents them from appearing, does not require rinsing before feeding the baby.Lanolin is added as an active substance to pharmaceutical creams with a healing function.

Curiously, lanolin is used not only in cosmetics, but also in the manufacture of household and industrial ointments, for example, polishes for shoes and furniture.

Is it harmful?

As for allergic reactions to lanolin-containing cosmetics, we can say that rumors are exaggerated – yes, lanolin is a potential allergen, but to exactly the same degree as any other natural ingredient.Lanolin initially attracted attention as an allergen through a kind of “misunderstanding”. The fact is that in the early 1950s, a study was conducted at the New York University Hospital, the results of which showed that 1% of patients with dermatological disorders are prone to allergy to lanolin. However, these studies were taken out of context and interpreted in subsequent publications as follows: 1% of Americans are prone to allergic reactions to lanolin. Accordingly, although lanolin is known to be a potential allergen, the risk of adverse reactions upon contact with healthy skin is minimal.People with sensitive skin and a history of allergies to other cosmetic components are in a more vulnerable position (but we remember about 1%).

The US Food and Drug Administration and the European Union define lanolin as a safe ingredient for use in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The same applies to all its derivatives: Lanolin Oil, Lanolin Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Acetylated Lanolin, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lanolin ) and hydroxylated lanolin (Hydroxylated Lanolin).

In the lanolin context, it is important to take into account the fact that sheep wool is treated with pesticides from parasites, therefore, the final lanolin must be purified from these very pesticides and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) coming from them. Insufficiently refined lanolin can cause allergic reactions.

Another controversial point is the high comedogenicity of lanolin, i.e. its ability to clog pores, causing those blackheads to appear. Creams containing lanolin are mostly viscous, dense, leaving a noticeable protective film on the skin.If you have oily skin prone to the formation of acne, blackheads, comedones, then using such a cream in your case can be a fatal mistake. However, those with dry, irritated skin have nothing to fear – a cream with lanolin will perfectly moisturize and soften it.

Lanolin for Vegans

Because of its animal origin, lanolin is obviously not acceptable in vegan cosmetics. Fortunately, there are plant-based alternatives with similar properties – for example, shea butter, coconut, avocado, castor oil.For the preparation of natural cosmetics at home, you can buy ready-made “vegetable lanolin”, which is a mixture of shea butter, unsaponifiable fraction of olive oil and glyceryl rosinate. There are also synthetic analogs of lanolin – for example, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 emollient (Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2).

Lanolin without harm to sheep

Obviously, there is no need to kill the animal to produce lanolin – the sheep are sheared. Shearing sheep is not an easy process that requires physical stamina, quality tools, experience and skills in order not to damage the animal’s skin.Unfortunately, when it comes to a profitable business, ethics often recede into the background. On the Internet, you can find videos from farms in Australia and New Zealand (these are the countries with the largest livestock of sheep), where the process of shearing sheep looks cruel and painful, and the conditions of detention leave much to be desired. We have to admit that lanolin can be obtained through cruelty to animals, but this cannot be applied to all lanolin mined. To ensure that no animals are harmed during lanolin production, use either pure organic lanolin or an organic certified cosmetic product.The organic standard for animal husbandry provides for the careful and respectful handling and maintenance of animals, taking into account their behavioral characteristics. The standards for certified natural cosmetics also track the origin of lanolin and do not allow lanolin, the production of which is more or less distressing to animals. For example, the COSMOS standard only allows lanolin and its derivatives approved by Ecocert to pass through.

What about the conclusions?

  1. Despite the animal origin of lanolin, we give it a five for its moisturizing and wound healing properties.Lanolin is a quality natural replacement for petroleum jelly, a refined product.
  2. Yes, lanolin cannot be found in vegan cosmetics.
  3. Basic Standards for Natural Cosmetics allow the use of lanolin and its derivatives, provided that it is of organic origin.
  4. If you are allergic to lanolin or cannot use it for ethical reasons, then choose cosmetics based on vegetable oils that perform functions similar to lanolin.

90,000 what is it, useful properties and application

Cosmetics and food products containing natural ingredients are especially valued today. Recently, a substance called lanolin can be found in the list of ingredients on the labels of shampoos and other products. It is especially in demand among women. It is used both in medicine and for the care of woolen products.

What is lanolin – description and properties

Lanolin is nothing more than animal wax, which is obtained from a certain processing of sheep’s wool.In composition, it is close to sebum and belongs to fat-containing substances. It was used unrefined in antiquity. True, the benefits of such a product were highly questionable. Today, to clean natural wax, special technologies are used that allow you to remove dirt and harmful impurities from it. Modern women are in awe of the beneficial properties of pure lanolin.

Produced by boiling wool. Thanks to different approaches, several types of this unique substance are obtained.Each of them is suitable for a specific purpose.

In appearance, animal wax is a thick, viscous mass of yellow or brownish color. Its smell is not particularly pleasant. Lanolin contains many sterols, including cholesterol, which largely determines its beneficial properties. The substance is perfectly absorbed and has a softening effect on the skin. It is characterized by a low melting point – about 35-40 ° C. Anhydrous lanolin has a more complex composition: its structure contains esters, free alcohols and fatty acids.

useful to learn that the healing properties of wool are largely due to the natural
lanolin. In addition to the most popular sheep, a camel analog can be distinguished. The antiseptic properties of camel wool products have been known for at least a couple of centuries. It is not for nothing that camel wool blankets are wildly popular among the people.

Where lanolin is used:

  • in the cosmetic field;
  • in the medical industry;
  • when caring for woolen items;
  • in the food industry and trade.

The use of lanolin in cosmetology

Due to its ability to retain moisture and penetrate into the deep layers of the skin, the product is very popular in the cosmetics industry. It is used to create emollients, moisturizers and protective agents. Lanolin cream smoothes, removes blemishes and tightens cracks. The presence of fats in the structure of the substance allows it to be used to protect the skin from the effects of wind, sun and frost.

Sheep Lanolin is found in most lipsticks and anti-aging cosmetics.Many women prepare caring products from it at home. Lanolin foot cream is good against fatigue: it relieves pain and soothes irritated skin. At the same time, it has the ability to absorb well and not leave marks on clothes.

Lanolin caring cosmetics for children receive excellent reviews. Natural origin allows the ingredient to be incorporated into baby products from an early age. The wax forms an effective barrier against external influences (protective function) and eliminates flaking and redness (healing function).Lanolin soap solves two tasks at once: cleans and cares. It does not dry the skin and can be used not only for hands, but also for the face and body.

Lanolin for hair

Lanolin shampoo is especially popular. These products give the hair a healthy shine and saturate it with strength. In addition to detergents, lanolin is added to masks and conditioners to add volume and moisture to the curls. It gently lubricates the hairs, making them soft, smooth and vibrant.

Lanolin in medicine

Medical cosmetics for young mothers is the main pharmaceutical direction, for which the component is produced in large quantities. Lanolin nipple cream has been used successfully to heal cracks during breastfeeding. The tool quickly removes minor damage and prevents the appearance of new ones. It is not required to wash it off before feeding the baby: the ingredient is completely safe for the baby.

Healing gels with lanolin promote wound healing, have an anti-inflammatory and cooling effect.They also include a natural ingredient in medicinal products for the eyes. Lanolin ointment accelerates healing and has a beneficial effect on the skin of the eyelids. Natural wax is used as a base for the production of plasters and impregnation of aseptic dressings.

Lanolin for wool care

Special mention should be made of the use of the substance for working with natural fabrics and yarns. Housewives and needlewomen speak well of detergents with lanolin. Thin knits made of woolen yarn are very capricious and demanding to care for.They are recommended to be washed with the addition of shampoos, rinses and softeners. This approach to cleaning allows you to preserve the natural velvety and give the products the intended shape, but it takes a lot of effort and time.

The use of lanolin for washing wool simplifies the task. You can include it in the washing base with your own hands or purchase a ready-made product. Many manufacturers include lanolin in soaps and liquid powders. Such products combine all the necessary functions: cleanses, softens and protects the yarn.The result is neat, fluffy pieces that wear well and last a long time.

For gentle cleaning and care of products made of open wool, the most effective will be the use of a special shampoo. Together with cleaning from dirt, lanolin in its composition restores woolen fabric to its original appearance. It should be noted that regular washing of exposed wool significantly prolongs the product’s service life and comfort from use. This applies to both small things, such as scarves, hats, slippers, and rather bulky ones: blankets, jackets and vests made of wool.

Also included in pet shampoos. Representatives of the feline and canine families will be grateful to the owners for the presence of lanolin in caring compositions for washing wool. They provide easy combing, gently remove dirt and give softness to even the most shaggy animals. The effect of lanolin on the “fur coat” of animals is similar to the effect of shampoo for human hair.

Purified lanolin in food and other products

The use of animal wax is not limited to cosmetic and household needs.It has also found applications in the food industry. It is used for glazing confectionery and as an antiflaming agent. In the first case, lanolin gives the product gloss and smoothness, in the second, it helps to achieve uniformity in the cooking process.

The shiny fruits and vegetables in the store are also credited to the valuable ingredient. Due to the fact that steroid derivatives are part of lanolin, it is able to form a glossy shell. That is why apples and peaches look so impressive on the shelves and force the buyer to buy them as soon as possible.

In addition to the listed options, you can find a well-known component in other industries. The ability to create a water-repellent film was happily adopted by the manufacturers of clothing and footwear: lanolin is always present in tubes of caring and protective products. Builders regularly encounter it in their work: sheep wax is part of concrete. Lubricants for all purposes also include this product.

Disadvantages of natural wax

Due to its wide distribution, it seems that it has no “minuses”.But it is not so. Due to its natural composition, this product has almost no negative characteristics, but in some cases it can cause allergic reactions. To eliminate them, it is better to use diluted liquid lanolin rather than thick lanolin. Before applying to the skin, it is necessary to check the body for allergies, namely, rub a couple of drops of the drug in the wrist area and look for the presence or absence of a reaction.

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Lanolin, skin properties and uses

Lanolin (from lat. lana – wool and lat. oleum – oil ) – wool animal wax obtained by boiling sheep wool. Its properties are very similar to sebum (sebum), therefore it is safe for humans, belongs to fat-containing substances.

There are several varieties of lanolin, but the highest quality is anhydrous, golden in color and with a characteristic animal odor. It differs from other waxes in its high content of sterols (in particular, cholesterol).

Its main functions are antistatic, softening, emulsifying.Lanolin nourishes the stratum corneum of the epidermis, makes it less permeable to moisture, improves its protective properties by restoring the lipid fraction of the natural protective mantle. When applied to the skin, moisture loss is immediately reduced – the skin becomes softer, smoother and less sensitive with regular use.

Its full chemical composition is still not known exactly, but it has been established that lanolin contains a mixture of esters of high molecular weight alcohols (cholesterol, isocholesterol, etc.)with higher fatty acids (myristic, palmitic, cerotinic, etc.) and free high-molecular alcohols.

Lanolin, due to its composition, can be separated into a liquid phase (oil) and a solid phase (wax). As a result of heating with water, a mixture of organic acids (lanolinic acid) and a mixture of organic alcohols (lanolinic alcohol) are obtained.

Lanolin synonyms – Lanolinum, Adepslanae, Oesypum, wool fat, wool wax. Its derivatives are Lanolin Oil, Lanolin Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Acetylated Lanolin, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lanolin and Hydrogenated Lanolin (Hydrogenated Lanolin) Hydroxylated Lanolin).


  • in the composition of various cosmetics – creams, etc., in medicine – the basis for various ointments (in particular eye), plasters and adhesive bandages, as well as for softening the skin (mixed with an equal amount of petroleum jelly).
  • Lanolin is often found in cosmetics, because it retains moisture and is able to penetrate into the deep layers of the skin. Therefore, it is added to products designed to soften, moisturize and protect against the effects of wind, sun and frost.Lanolin cream smoothes, removes blemishes and tightens cracks.
  • Sheep lanolin is found in many lipsticks and anti-aging cosmetics.
  • Is the active ingredient in pharmaceutical creams with a healing function. Healing gels based on it help to heal wounds, have an anti-inflammatory and cooling effect.
  • Despite its oily content, lanolin is recommended for use in products for problem skin, as it has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Pure, refined lanolin is used for breastfeeding women. When applied topically, lanolin helps to heal and prevent nipple cracks and is not harmful to babies and therefore does not require rinsing.
  • Lanolin is often found in baby skin care products. Due to its natural origin, it can be incorporated into baby products. The wax performs a protective function, creating a barrier against external influences and healing, eliminating redness and flaking.Soap with lanolin in the composition both cleans and cares for.
  • Part of hair conditioners, has a beneficial effect on the structure and self-cleaning of hair (or animal hair).
  • Registered as food additive E913. It is used for glazing confectionery and as an antiflaming agent.
  • The shiny fruits and vegetables in the store are thanks to lanolin. Thanks to the steroid derivatives in the composition, it is able to form a glossy shell.
  • Used in the manufacture of household and industrial ointments such as polishes for shoes and furniture.

The FDA and the European Union define lanolin as a safe ingredient for use in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, as well as all its derivatives.

Minuses of Lanolin:

Due to its natural composition, it has almost no negative characteristics, but in some cases it can cause allergic reactions. Before using, it is worth rubbing a couple of drops of the product with lanolin into the wrist area and observe the reaction.

As a product of animal origin, not suitable for vegetarians and not used by ethical brands. There are plant-based alternatives with similar properties – shea butter, coconut butter, avocado, castor oil, etc.

One of the contradictions in the use of drugs with lanolin is its high comedogenicity, i.e. the ability to clog pores. Funds with lanolin in the composition are usually viscous and dense, creating a protective film. That is, it is not quite suitable for oily skin, which is prone to inflammation, acne and comedones.It is better for patients with problem skin to consult a specialist for the correct treatment prescription.

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Useful properties of lanolin, the use of lanolin from sheep wool

Lanolin is a wax-like substance obtained from sheep’s wool.This substance is of natural origin. Etymology: The word comes from the Latin words lana (wool), and oleum (oil). Lanolin is a very popular component in cosmetology. It is extracted from sheep’s wool using a procedure for extracting the fatty component from it.

The properties of Lanolin were known many years ago. It was used both in ancient Rome and in ancient Greece for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Naturally, at that time, due to the lack of proper technology, an unrefined fatty base was used, containing, among other things, a lot of not very useful substances and impurities.

Lanolin is a wax-like substance obtained from sheep’s wool. This substance is of natural origin. Etymology: The word comes from the Latin words lana (wool), and oleum (oil). Lanolin is a very popular component in cosmetology. It is extracted from sheep’s wool using a procedure for extracting the fatty component from it.

The properties of Lanolin were known many years ago. It was used both in ancient Rome and in ancient Greece for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.Naturally, at that time, due to the lack of proper technology, an unrefined fatty base was used, containing, among other things, a lot of not very useful substances and impurities.

Lanolin in cosmetology is similar to an ointment of a translucent light or dark color.

The following effects of lanolin on the skin are very valuable in cosmetology:

  • Intensive moisturizing of the facial skin;
  • Improving the appearance of the skin;
  • Alignment of skin tone;
  • Restoration of the structure of epidermal cells

Possible synonyms:

  • Adsorption Refined Lanolin;
  • Anhydrous Lanolin;
  • De-Oiled Lanolin;
  • Hard Lanolin;
  • Hydrous Lanolin;
  • Lanolin Anhydrous USP;
  • Lanolin WAX;
  • Lanolin, Anhydrous;
  • Purified Lanolin;
  • Wool Fat;
  • Wool Wax

Lanolin is a wax-like substance obtained from sheep’s wool.This substance is of natural origin. Etymology: The word comes from the Latin words lana (wool), and oleum (oil). Lanolin is a very popular component in cosmetology. It is extracted from sheep’s wool using a procedure for extracting the fatty component from it.

History of the discovery of lanolin

The properties of Lanolin were known many years ago. It was used both in ancient Rome and in ancient Greece for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Naturally, at that time, due to the lack of proper technology, an unrefined fatty base was used, containing, among other things, a lot of not very useful substances and impurities.Over the years, this fat began to be refined technologically, thanks to which the already refined lanolin, which we know today, began to be obtained.

The resulting anhydrous lanolin has a complex composition that is not fully understood even in our time. The composition includes a mixture of fatty esters such as cholesterol, isocholesterol, ergosterol, fatty acids and higher alcohols.

Externally, lanolin, currently used, looks like an ointment of a translucent pale shade, brown lanolin is also found.

Despite its specific aroma, sheep fat is an excellent preparation for skin care of natural origin, it is widely used today. This is not surprising, because lanolin is one of the most effective and most nourishing fats, which promotes good hydration, making the skin elastic and soft.

Lanolin is known for its excellent emollient, nourishing and moisturizing effects. In composition, sheep wax is very close to human fat molecules, so this substance is well absorbed into the skin and brings nutrients into it.

Products and medicines, which contain lanolin, allow to give the human skin the necessary protection from aggressive external influences of the environment.

Lanolin can absorb and retain a sufficient amount of moisture and transport it to one place or another. Penetrating deep into the skin, lanolin not only saturates the skin with this moisture, but also prevents its loss for a long time.

It releases moisture in small portions, increasing skin elasticity and activating regeneration processes.

Lanolin in sheep’s wool

Natural lanolin is found in sheep’s wool. It is extracted from sheep’s wool using a procedure for extracting the fatty component from it. Contact with lambswool is not only beneficial but also very skin-friendly. Just imagine how nice it is to put on fur homemade chunks or slippers on your bare feet after a working day, or wrap yourself in a warm woolen blanket on a cold winter evening! The assortment of our Russian-made products includes hundreds of items, and a wide selection of colors and textures allows you to choose a product for every taste! Go to our catalog of sheep wool products, pleasant shopping!

What else is HPA® Lanolin good for? – Lansinoh®

At Lansinoh, we always hear from moms that HPA® Lanolin is great for sore and cracked nipples while breastfeeding, but what to do when breastfeeding is over and you still have some of this wonder cream “?

Over the past 30 years, mums have shared with us the many different uses of HPA® Lanolin for themselves and their loved ones.We invite you to familiarize yourself with them.

You have been using our Lanolin cream for some time. Why stop using it when your nipples no longer need its soothing and protective properties? Here are just a few ways to apply the cream after you stop breastfeeding.

Lip balm

Lanolin has served as an excellent moisturizer for centuries and has been widely used in cosmetics for a number of years, so it comes as no surprise that it helps many to keep lips smooth and hydrated.

Cracked heels

As a mother, you can walk for several kilometers while your baby sleeps in a stroller or sling. Take care of cracked heels, apply a small layer of HPA® Lanolin before bed and let it work its magic.

Cuticle care

If you had to completely forget about manicure when caring for your baby, you can use Lanolin to soften the cuticle.

Eyebrow balm

We all know that having the right eyebrow shape makes a huge difference to your face, but did you know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on eyebrow care products? Save money on brow balm and use a small amount of HPA® Lanolin to smooth hair.

If your partner uses your toiletries from time to time, you might not want to tell them about the benefits of Lanolin J Cream … Our list of use cases might also come in handy if you’re wondering which products are suitable for all occasions!

Tanning and peeling

We all love to sunbathe. According to our observations, men need to be reminded more often about sunscreen. If your partner does get sunburned after thinking “it’s too cloudy to get sunburned,” HPA® Lanolin can help you.Apply the cream in a thin layer to the damaged area of ​​the skin. Please note that in case of severe burns, you should consult a doctor for advice.


Many men use aftershave lotion and many are familiar with the burning sensation on their skin after using it. Remember, they can relieve themselves of the burning pain by using small amounts of HPA® Lanolin after their procedures.

Redness of the nose with colds

If your partner is suffering from the flu and has a runny nose, a small amount of HPA® Lanolin will help protect and soothe irritated skin under the nose.


If you or your partner enjoy playing sports, you may experience irritation from sweat or calluses on your body. Lanolin can be used to speed up the healing process. Do not forget to air baths for damaged skin areas as well.

Your baby’s bridle may be one of the main reasons you turn to HPA® Lanolin Cream. One of its main advantages is that you do not need to remove it before breastfeeding.Moms have discovered a number of other uses for the cream as well.

Diaper rash

HPA® Lanolin Cream has the same consistency as a range of protective balms. With only the highest purity lanolin in its composition, you can always be sure that you know what is happening on your baby’s skin.


Signs of teething appear long before teeth actually appear. Babies often develop rashes on the chin, neck and chest due to increased salivation.HPA® Lanolin can help protect and soothe the area of ​​irritation.

Scratches on the knees

Admittedly, your child is called an infant until he becomes mobile enough. The most common problem for babies when they start to crawl is scratches on the knees. HPA® Lanolin can be used to soothe and protect damaged skin. Please note, for deep or extensive wounds, we recommend consulting your doctor.

As your toddler reaches adolescence, you will face a number of new challenges.You will have to teach your teen how to make life decisions on his own and give him more responsibility when it comes to taking care of himself. All of this is pretty much to be expected, but did you know that HPA® Lanolin can be used to treat some of the common problems in adolescents?

Acne scars

Acne can be one of the biggest problems you face during puberty, and post-acne scars are very common.Alas, spots and scars do not add to our self-confidence. HPA® Lanolin can be used to treat acne scarred areas, providing additional hydration to the skin.

Dry skin

Dry skin is a common problem with hormonal changes in the body (as you probably remember from your pregnancy!), Due to its moisturizing properties, Lanolin cream can be used to treat problem areas in the same way you use a skin balm.

Please note that Lansinoh has not tested the above uses and many of them are based on circumstantial evidence provided by customers. If you have any skin problems, it is recommended that you speak with a healthcare professional before using skin care products that are new to you.

90,000 The Incredible Benefits of Lanolin and Home Use | On the heel

Lanolin resembles human sebum and has recently been used in cosmetology.In a short time, this product has earned itself a reputation as the ultimate moisturizer. But it has many more properties!

What is lanolin?

Lanolin is a fat-like substance that accumulates on the surface of sheep’s wool. It was used for medicinal purposes by the Romans and Greeks. This animal wax is a thick mass with a specific odor.

What is lanolin for?

  • Lanolin is most commonly used to soften dry skin on elbows and heels.Dry skin is caused by a lack of lipids that allow water to pass through. And lanolin contains these very lipids and prevents the loss of moisture in the skin. For this purpose, lanolin can also be applied to dry skin.
  • Lanolin will be very useful in case of chapped lips. By the way, this product is often used in the manufacture of lip balms. Lanolin is applied to the lips, as a result, the skin retains moisture and prevents further chapping.
  • Lanolin can be used on hair and scalp.This product is most suitable for curly curls. It will make them crisp and add shine.
  • In case of cracking of the nipples during breastfeeding, lubricate the damage with lanolin. The pain will subside, the skin will be moistened, healing will come faster and this remedy will not bring harm to the child.

It should be borne in mind that allergies can occur to lanolin. If the product is poorly cleaned.

Mask with lanolin for dry skin

You will need:

  • anhydrous lanolin – 1 tsp.l .;
  • water – 2 tablespoons;
  • grated cucumber – 1 tablespoon

Preparation and application:

This mask not only perfectly moisturizes the skin, but also gently brightens, nourishes and rejuvenates.

Pour water into lanolin and wait until all the liquid is absorbed into the product. Grate the cucumber, then mash it with lanolin. The resulting mixture should be evenly applied to the face, décolleté and neck, and left to act for 15 minutes. Remove the remnants of the product with a cotton swab, you do not need to wash off anything!

The lanolin found in homemade masks is incredibly effective, but it is important to maintain precise proportions to achieve the desired result.

Anhydrous pharmacopoeial lanolin – MX and Gustav Geess Ukraine

Lanolin (from Lat. Lana – wool and Lat. Oleum – oil) – wool wax, animal wax obtained by boiling sheep wool.
The fat-like substance that forms on sheep’s wool was known centuries ago, and was widely used by the Romans and Greeks, both for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Of course, during that period, unrefined fat was used, which contained many harmful substances and other impurities.But even in those days, the development of cosmetology did not stand still, and after a while, wool fat began to undergo special chemical processing, as a result of which pure lanolin was formed.
Lanolin is well absorbed into the skin and has an emollient effect. It is a thick, viscous mass of yellow or yellow-brown color, a peculiar smell, melting at a temperature of 36 – 42 ° C.
Already processed, pure anhydrous lanolin has a complex composition that, even today, has not yet been fully understood.These are mainly mixtures of wax-like esters (cholesterol, isocholesterol, ergosterol), fatty acids and higher alcohols.
Lanolin looks like a thick, viscous mass, which in its consistency resembles an ordinary ointment, and, as a rule, has a not very pleasant smell. Lanolin color can range from a translucent light yellow to a dark brown and almost non-translucent shade.
But, despite its unpleasant odor, anhydrous lanolin is widely used in cosmetics, to this day.And this is not surprising, because anhydrous lanolin lanolin is one of the most effective and most nourishing fats, which promotes good hydration, softening and nourishment of the skin. Also, products that contain lanolin help protect the skin from adverse external environmental influences.
Lanolin possesses its excellent moisturizing properties due to its ability to absorb and retain a large amount of moisture. And penetrating deep into the skin, lanolin not only saturates the skin with this moisture, but also prevents its loss for a long time.
The use of lanolin allows you to make the skin soft and elastic, and also significantly enhances the regeneration of its new cells.
Anhydrous Lanolin: Animal Fat
Additional Characteristics:
In its composition, lanolin is very similar to human sebum, and is most often used as a base for nourishing creams, especially for the care of dry and aging skin. And in the preparation of face creams, a small amount of lanolin promotes good mixing of fatty phases with water and other aqueous solutions.Also, lanolin in creams can act as a conservative.
Anhydrous lanolin does not dissolve in water, but is capable of absorbing and retaining a large amount of it without losing its viscosity.
But the use of lanolin in its pure form is highly discouraged, as it can clog the pores and prevent the enrichment of the skin with oxygen. And besides, pure anhydrous lanolin has a very strong viscosity, and it will be quite problematic to lubricate the skin with it.
Store lanolin in a cool, dark place in well-closed jars or boxes.
Appearance: thick, viscous mass of dark yellow color, peculiar smell.
Melting point: 36-42 ° C
Recommended concentration: 1-10%
Skin cream – 1-3%;
nourishing balm for dry skin – 3-5%;
lip balm – 2-4%;
foot cream – 5%.