Mineral Oil- Why it is BAD!!

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    Hello everyone! I would to discuss Mineral oil.
    What we consume nourishes our body and what we apply to our skin nourishes it also. Proper skin care is vital to keep us looking radiant, young, and healthy.

    As a former cosmetology student I know much about skin, and hair care. You may be asking yourself what is mineral oil? Well I urge you to look at your products and am sure at least 1 if not ALL of your hand lotions, body lotions, cold cremes, masks, and other beauty products contain: Mineral oil-Also known as: Petroleum jelly, paraffin oil, ect.

    Now do you KNOW WHERE MINERAL OIL COMES FROM?

    "Mineral oil is a petrochemical product, which means that it is derived from crude oil. It is a by product of the process used to create petroleum products (gasoline)" ---So you are basically putting gasoline/crude oil on your skin, which your body is absorbing. That fact alone turned me off to it.

    Mineral Oil In Moisturizes. Good Or Bad?

    Now you may be wondering why almost 95% of creams, moisturizers, make-up and body products contains a by product of the crude oil to gasoline product? Well business is about making profits as we all know. The cheaper the ingredients means the cheaper it is to produce which means more profit. Now we all know that gasoline is used everyday so therefore there is an ABUNDANCE of mineral oil being made because it is a by-products of the crude oil refining process. So therefor it is extreamely cheap.

    Now why mineral oil is bad for you: "Mineral oil has also been linked to a number of skin problems, including acne. The problem with mineral oil in moisturizers and other skin care products and cosmetics is that it clogs the pores of the skin. This is why it can lead to acne, and also means that the skin is more limited in it’s natural ability to purge toxins."

    So Why is Mineral Oil Used if it is Bad for our Skin?

    Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin's ability to eliminate
    toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in
    premature aging. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative can be
    contaminated with cancer causing PAH's (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Manufacturers use petrolatum
    because it is unbelievably cheap. Mineral oil, a common ingredient in commercial lotions, creams, and baby care
    products. It is produced as a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil, the same stuff they make
    gasoline from. Mineral oil is leftover liquid, and because it is abundant, it is very inexpensive. It is less expensive
    for manufacturers to purchase these by-products as a filler than it is for the industry to dispose of it. Mineral oil is
    the main ingredient in many baby care items as well. Baby oil, Vaseline, baby wash liquid soap, and baby lotions
    all contain mineral oil as a key ingredient. In fact 98% of all cosmetics use mineral oil, including your eye shadow,
    blush, lipstick, shaving cream and your everyday moisturizer and lotion you use at home. It is also used in most
    SPF sunscreen.

    How Bad is Mineral Oil for Your Skin? Natural Acne Treatments

    Now all natural products are hard to find, expensive, and may not work as well. Mineral oil free products may not contain all natural ingredients but are better than mineral oil.


    What I use: Adrien Arpel has been in the skin care, and make up business for 40 years. She is actively involved in creating products that are good for your skin and anti-aging (many of her products do not contain mineral oil I have reviewed her ingredients).

    Her line is called Signature Club A and can be found on HSN. Me and my mother LOVE her products!! Her 5 essentials cream has made my skin brighter and baby soft. Although I do not have any wrinkles ( I am 23) I do have "railroad lines" on my forhead (everyone has them even 14 yr olds) I have noticed these line disapearing over time and almost gone - my mother has seen these results all over her face. Her 8 butters make up is amazing read the reviews online!!

    Serious Skin care and Wei East on HSN has amazing products!!

    Adrienne's Jewelery line is also out of this world.



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    For the past couple of years, I have made certain that all my skincare products say "oil-free and non-comedogenic" directly on the label. I have naturally oily facial skin that is prone to breaking out, so I definitely do not want to apply more oil to it.
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    Clear, odorless oil derived from petroleum that is widely used in cosmetics because it rarely causes allergic reactions and it cannot become a solid and clog pores. Despite mineral oil’s association with petroleum and the hype that it is bad for or ages skin, keep in mind that petroleum is a natural ingredient derived from the earth and that once it becomes mineral oil USP (cosmetics- and pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil), it has no resemblance to the original petroleum.

    Cosmetics-grade mineral oil and petrolatum are considered the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found (Sources: Cosmetics & Toiletries, January 2001, page 79; and Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2000, pages 44–46). Yes, they can keep air off the skin to some extent, but that’s what a good antioxidant is supposed to do; they don’t suffocate skin! Moreover, mineral oil and petrolatum are known to be efficacious in wound healing, and are also among the most effective moisturizing ingredients available (Source: Cosmetics & Toiletries, February 1998, pages 33–40).

    Mineral oil is not an ingredient to avoid unless you have oily skin, in which case the somewhat greasy texture of mineral oil won't feel the best (but again, mineral oil doesn't clog pores or suffocate skin).

    The confusion around mineral oil is also caused by some cosmetics companies and people who use the information about non-purified mineral oil as a scare tactic. The mineral oil used in skin-care products is certified as either USP (United States Pharmacopeia) or BP (British Pharmacopeia). This is the type that’s used in skin-care products, and it’s completely safe, soothing, non-irritating, and perfectly healthy for skin (Sources: Sources: Journal of Dermatologic Science, May 2008, pages 135–142; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2007, pages 385–390; European Journal of Opthalmology, March-April 2007, pages 151–159; International Wound Journal, September 2006, pages 181–187; Ostomy Wound Management, December 2005, pages 30–42; and Dermatitis, September 2004, pages 109–116). See petrolatum
    from Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary: Definition: mineral oil

    Mineral oil and products containing it work great on my combination, sensitive skin. No clogs, soothing especially when my skin is irritated. I don't buy in to the anti-mineral oil propaganda promoted by companies that are trying to sell their "natural" products.

    It's also worth noting that the term non-comedogenic is completely unregulated: companies can use that as they will and there's no guarantee that something labeled non-comedogenic won't contain clogging ingredients or cause breakouts.
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    from Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary: Definition: mineral oil

    Mineral oil and products containing it work great on my combination, sensitive skin. No clogs, soothing especially when my skin is irritated. I don't buy in to the anti-mineral oil propaganda promoted by companies that are trying to sell their "natural" products.

    It's also worth noting that the term non-comedogenic is completely unregulated: companies can use that as they will and there's no guarantee that something labeled non-comedogenic won't contain clogging ingredients or cause breakouts.
    If it works for you that's great. Many of the research that is done is by independent studies. I rather not put gasoline and crude oil on my skin. I do not need any research to realize that.
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    Quote from LongislandLPN
    If it works for you that's great. Many of the research that is done is by independent studies. I rather not put gasoline and crude oil on my skin. I do not need any research to realize that.
    That's not what mineral oil is, but OK. I can't force you to consider your sources critically or to evaluate their strenght and scientific rigor (or lack thereof). But it might be nice to share your "independent research" so that others might be able to decide if it stands up to scrutiny.
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    just for you, longisland.


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    leslie
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    Mineral oil is BY PRODUCT OF THE CRUDE OIL REFINING PROCESS. So it is a derivative of crude oil. I will stick to my sunflower seed oil, olive oil, and grape seed oil. Also I use Moroccan Argan oil which comes from the rare Argan tree. One tree only produces one liter of oil per year so it is expensive but is loaded with antioxadents.

    None of my products are "all natural" I dont care about that. I was just giving advice you should look into Signature Club A and Serious Skin Care for your anti-aging help.
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    Quote from LongislandLPN
    Mineral oil is BY PRODUCT OF THE CRUDE OIL REFINING PROCESS. So it is a derivative of crude oil. I will stick to my sunflower seed oil, olive oil, and grape seed oil. Also I use Moroccan Argan oil which comes from the rare Argan tree. One tree only produces one liter of oil per year so it is expensive but is loaded with antioxadents.

    None of my products are "all natural" I dont care about that. I was just giving advice you should look into Signature Club A and Serious Skin Care for your anti-aging help.
    Did you not have to take basic chemistry for LPN school? Because you keep coming back to mineral oil=crude oil in your argument which is just nonsensical and reminds me of that spoof campaign to ban dihydrogen monoxide.

    Argan oil is neither rare nor expensive if you know where to buy it from online. I don't care what you use on your face, but your "facts" on mineral oil are junk science at best.
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    Quote from hiddencatrn
    did you not have to take basic chemistry for lpn school? because you keep coming back to mineral oil=crude oil in your argument which is just nonsensical and reminds me of that spoof campaign to ban dihydrogen monoxide.

    argan oil is neither rare nor expensive if you know where to buy it from online. i don't care what you use on your face, but your "facts" on mineral oil are junk science at best.

    perhaps reading is not your forte. i did not say mineral oil=crude oil i said mineral oil is a byproduct of the crude oil to gasoline process which is a fact. so if it is not a derivative of crude oil than where does it come from unicorns and rainbows?

    "liquid byproduct obtained through fractional distillation. baby oils of the past used to be just mineral oil with some fragrance, but consumer consciousness began to sway from using byproducts related to gasoline and petroleum. digesting mineral oil can cause cramping, diarrhea and nausea. it can also irritate the skin, eyes and lungs."

    mineral oil comes from crude oil (i.e., gasoline). it is merely the liquid form of petroleum jelly. as you know, petroleum jelly acts as an additional layer of skin when applied; preventing external substances (including vitamin d from the sun) from being absorbed.
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    Quote from LongislandLPN
    Perhaps reading is not your forte. I did not say mineral oil=crude oil I said mineral oil is a byproduct of the crude oil to gasoline process which is a fact.
    Well, you did earlier.

    Quote from LongislandLPN
    If it works for you that's great. Many of the research that is done is by independent studies. I rather not put gasoline and crude oil on my skin. I do not need any research to realize that.


    Quote from LongislandLPN

    Mineral oil comes from crude oil (i.e., gasoline). It is merely the liquid form of petroleum jelly. As you know, petroleum jelly acts as an additional layer of skin when applied; preventing external substances (including Vitamin D from the sun) from being absorbed.
    Vitamin D is produced IN our skin. (Vitamin D - MayoClinic.com) We don't absorb it from the sun, the sun causes a chemical reaction that allows us to synthesize it in our skins. And I know nothing about petroleum "acting as an additional layer of skin"- everything I've read says it is an occlusive barrier that prevents water evaporation from our skin.

    Do you understand that your "sources" and "independent research" are poor in quality? Anyone can write ehow articles. Mass media is notoriously bad on interpreting scientific data. Nothing you've provided is peer reviewed or from a reputable source. I think you might like to review this article: https://library.georgetown.edu/tutor...ternet-content

    Again, I don't care what you use on your own body (like overpriced Argan oil easily available online for wholesale from the same source companies like Josie Maran use). But you've provided no reputable proof that mineral oil is "BAD".

    If you want to recommend a brand based on your personal experience, hey, go for it. But the title of your thread is "Mineral Oil- Why it is BAD!!"
    CountryMomma and leslie :-D like this.


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