Mineral Oil or Petrolatum

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Mineral oil or petrolatum is odorless and colorless by-product of petroleum refining process. It forms a barrier on skin, which helps retain its moisture. It is used as an alternative to natural oils as it is quite cheap in comparison.

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How to Identify?

  1. Read ingredient list on the product label and look for Ingredients like petrolatum/mineral oil
  2. Many companies don’t show complete ingredients list on their product labels; you should try checking with their Customer Care

Safety Concerns

PAH Contamination

If not properly refined, Petrolatum can be contaminated with PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) – ‘anticipated carcinogens’.1


National Toxicology Program, U.S. classifies Mineral Oil: Untreated and Mildly Treated as ‘known to be human carcinogens’.1

Clogged Pores

Mineral Oil makes a thin film over skin, which clogs natural pores. It may result in skin problems like acne and other bacterial infections.


  1. “13th Report on Carcinogens”. United States Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program. 2014

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May 30, 2017

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