Hydrolyzed Milk Protein

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Hydrolyzed Milk Protein


Hydrolyzed milk protein is considered the highest quality protein source which has complete amino acids needed for proper hair care and skin care. This milk protein is derived from the hydrosylate of milk protein which is processed through adding acids, enzymes or hydrolysis to yield hydrolyzed milk protein for industrial purposes.
Hydrolyzed milk protein can repair, restructure and heal both hair and skin. Personal care products with this ingredient are considered a luxury since there is a guarantee that your hair and skin will be rejuvenated and they will improve greatly with continuous use.

History and Origin

Hydrolyzed milk protein is chemically processed from cow’s milk or other dairy sources of milk, such as goat’s milk. It is also known as hydrolysates, milk hydrosylates or simply proteins. It is colored light amber with a characteristic odor. It is water soluble and can be used up to a year when stored properly.

Ancient Uses

Hydrolyzed milk protein was unheard of during ancient times but milk used for baths and soaks are common in ancient civilizations. Milk is known to be a luxury and bathing in milk is for the rich and the famous to afford. Milk made the skin healthier and supple to the touch. Milk also made hair manageable and stronger. Milk was of course considered a health drink for children and infants as well.

Modern Uses

The use of Hydrolyzed milk protein during the modern times was all about incorporating skin care and hair care products with the rejuvenating properties of milk. This ingredient is common in skin care moisturizers and skin cleansing products to improve skin moisture and health. Adequate moisture on skin is essential in treating many skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
Bath products like bubble baths, body washes, body creams and moisturizing lotions may also have Hydrolyzed milk protein as one of the main ingredients. Skin care products with this type of milk protein make skin extra hydrated and less prone to develop allergic skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.

The use of Hydrolyzed milk protein for hair care products are also important in order to repair hair that has become overly dry, damaged and somewhat unruly to manage. After using hair care products with this type of milk protein, hair is simply more manageable, has more body and is less prone to split ends and overall damage. It is also an ingredient in leave-on conditioners and styling aids.

Skin care and personal care products that are used for faster wound healing and to soothe skin inflammation may also contain Hydrolyzed milk protein.

Side Effects

Products with Hydrolyzed milk protein are considered safe to use even on a daily basis. However, there are a small percentage of people who may suffer from a mild irritation, itching and redness of the skin after using personal care products that contain a quantity of Hydrolyzed milk protein. Should this happen to you, you should discontinue using the product and consult with a dermatologist immediately.

Skin and hair care products that do contain Hydrolyzed milk protein as a main ingredient are considered safe to use even for very young children and infants. People with extra sensitive skin should consult a dermatologist first for the most appropriate skin care regimen to use on a daily basis.

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Our Expert

Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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