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TOXIC TUESDAY INGREDIENT FOCUS: Mineral Oil (aka Paraffinum Liquidum)

WHAT IS IT? An extremely cheap & common petroleum derivative (refined crude oil petrochemical) which is found in 98% of skincare products sold in the US.

HEALTH RISK:┬áPetrochemicals contain neurotoxins which damage the nervous system. Mineral oil forms a film on the surface of your skin that can not be absorbed, thereby blocking the pores and the skin’s natural respiration. It traps dirt and bacteria and blocks the absorption of vitamins/minerals/botanicals that may be in a product. John Hopkins University named mineral oil in cosmetics and moisturizers as the number two cause of aging (first being direct exposure to sun). It may also cause allergic reactions and dryness, as well as promote acne and other skin disorders.


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  1. […] me start off with information about mineral oil that I found on the holistic lifestyle website The Chalk Board: Toxic Tuesday […]

  2. References?….

    Myra | 06.29.2013 | Reply
  3. what is the best lotion and cream to use then to prevent skin from damaged when exposed under the sun?those products without paraffinum?can u please recommend?thank u

    jaki | 04.18.2014 | Reply
  4. […] water”, hoping he’d get me a nice natural product. Unfortunately the inci (for example paraffinum liquidum) is not green or natural ­čÖü Also it has this old lady rose smell, which isn’t too […]

  5. I suffer from a skin condition that causes my skin to inflame severely, making me super susceptible to bacteria (acne). Mineral Oil is something I use everyday because it helps me from losing moisture I actually have less issues with pimples. (When your skin is properly hydrated it’s easier for it to keep bad things out.) A lot of the lotions I had in the past had perfume and other ingredients that I was a allergic to, whereas I don’t have a bad reaction to Mineral Oil. I think depending on your skin type / sun exposure levels it might be able to help you more than hurt you. Most of the products in the baby care aisle (mineral oil, petroleum jelly, soaps) can really help someone who has dermatitis and allergies.

    PaintedGirl | 06.18.2016 | Reply


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