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

Cancer

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.

References:

  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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