As well as being well tolerated by the body – it is approved for uses in ophthalmic emollients and as a food additive in chewing gum bases – lanolin is also of medical interest.
The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved lanolin, a natural substance, for use as a food additive, e.g. as a base for chewing gum.
Anhydrous lanolin is widely used in:& ointment bases, burns dressings and wound sprays
As an emulsifier, stabiliser and emollient
To support the wound healing process
To deliver active ingredients through the skin (trans-dermal);
Pigmented medications (e.g. zinc oxide), as a dispersing agent;
Topical products for cutaneous infections (e.g. acne) and in deodorising toiletries, as an anti-microbial and disinfectant.
Anhydrous lanolin is also used in:
Ophthalmic ointments, as an emollient with high physiological compatibility and low irritation potential;
Suppositories substantial base, as a carrier for active ingredients;
Surgical adhesive tapes, as an impregnating agent, plasticiser and skin-suited stack enhancer;
Chewing gum bases as a food additive (physiologically compatible emollient);
Pre-blended combinations for specific purposes, such as absorption bases.