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Is mineral oil really as bad as studies have found it to be?? I've read that it's toxic, causes acne, will prematurely age my skin, and the list goes on. If it's damaging to the skin then why do so many cosmetic and skincare companies continue to use it in their products??
 

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Good question! Because it's cheap, I guess!
Some European companies formulate their cosmetics with PHARMACEUTICAL grade mineral oil and claim it is actually good for the skin. Karin Herzog and Gerda Spillman are 2.

Here is a link that says mineral oil may block the pores and cause blackheads and prevent perspiration from escaping. That doesn't sound good!

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Good question! Because it's cheap, I guess!
Some European companies formulate their cosmetics with PHARMACEUTICAL grade mineral oil and claim it is actually good for the skin. Karin Herzog and Gerda Spillman are 2.

Here is a link that says mineral oil may block the pores and cause blackheads and prevent perspiration from escaping. That doesn't sound good!

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I have been using the Karin Herzog products for years and have had no problems at all but only great results. In my case there was the sweating you describe but that has to do with the oxygen which cleanses the skin from the inside out. This was only apparent in the beginning for a couple of months until the oxygen levels under my skin was regulated and the pores were cleansed.

I know that the Karin Herzog products are some of the very few products that do not contain preservatives and are a non-aggressive therapy method. What makes them quite special is that their products that contain oxygen do not require preservatives. I am a bit of a freak when it comes to what products I put on my face and what I feed my children etc.
! and have carefully researched this.
 

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Hi there,

Mineral oil is made from highly refined petroleum and is found in commercial cold creams, baby oils and baby lotions.

It is used not only because it is inexpensive but primarily because it has a long shelf-life.

It does not penetrate the skin well, can cause an allergic reaction and acne,

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I look at it this way mineral oil, car oil, are close both being petroleum based now do you really want to put something that can go into your car (which is metal) onto your face. Yes it's cheap stuff, and no doupt the companies put in as a filler, but if you think about it how good can it be for you? I normaly read what is in the products I buy, I never buy things for my skin which are petroleum based. If I need oil on my skin I go for Coconut oil or as a last resort Extra Virgin Olive oil. :)
 

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I would say, it depends on the grade and the concentration. If it's pharmaceutical grade, then it's non-comedogenic even when mineral oil is second on ingredients list. If it's a lower grade oil it would make the product comedogenic if mineral oil was on the top of the ingredient list. However, if low-grade mineral oil would be number 20 in ingredients list, then I would not consider that product comedogenic. And while car oil and mineral oil used in cosmetics are made from the same substance, saying that cosmetic mineral oil is as bad as car oil is a bit far fetched, I mean cars are washed with water, as is skin, then I could say that water is bad for skin because cars are washed with water too, while actually nobody washes cars and face with the same water, and nobody uses car oil in skin care. At least that is what my common sense tells me, when I compaire car oil (thick, yellowish-brown, smelly liquid) and body oil (only ingredient - paraffinum liquidum) (a water-like, color and odor-less substance).
 

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Below are two links about "myths about mineral oil". The gist of it is that high grade mineral oil is not bad as some believe.

(I wasn't able to post the actual link since I haven't posted enough on this forum yet, but take the word "dot" out of the below sentence, put in a real "." and it should be fine. Then go to the link at the bottom of that page and click on the other 5 myths.)

thebeautybrains dot com/2006/11/28/the-top-5-myths-about-mineral-oil-part-1/

This quote from afnarticle written by Kristie Leong, MD, is regarding the question of does it clog pores:
"the risk of acne outbreaks. While was believed to be true for many years, a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2005 put this idea to rest. They showed that cosmetic grade mineral was not comedogenic and should be removed from the list of comedogenic cosmetic ingredients. Still, many people continue to shy away from mineral oil containing cosmetics due to fear or clogging the pores."
 

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You might find reading this helpful:
Is Mineral Oil Really Bad For Your Skin? - FutureDerm.com

Even though this comes from a blog and bloggers are often sent free products for reviews, (which makes me not rule out bias) the information itself is what I have read elsewhere over the internet.

I've read the same info you have about mineral oil and petroleum being bad for the skin- "It's used in machinery!" This usually comes from ezine articles which are often promotions for specific products disquised as "scientific" information. And parroted by people on skin forums because they've read it so often they take it as truth.

What I've gleaned from research on this topic, is that mineral oil and petroleum stay on top of the skin. You wouldn't necessarily want a product with actives and a high percentage of mineral oil/petroleum because it would interfer with the absorption of the actives. On the other hand, with something like sunscreen, that you WANT to stay on top of the skin, MO/Petro may not be such a bad thing to have on an ingredient list.

I've also read that people with dry skin can benefit from these occlusion ingredients in moisturizers because they "lock in" moisture. I've heard petroleum based moisturizers have been recommended by dermatologists for use over Retin A. And consider this: baby oil is mineral oil. If it were that bad, wouldn't it have been outlawed for tender baby parts decades ago?

I've read so many contradictions about things on forums I urge everyone to do their own research and draw their own conclusions. Even "experts" disagree, so in the end you just have to go by "what works for you".
 

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You might find reading this helpful:
Is Mineral Oil Really Bad For Your Skin? - FutureDerm.com

Even though this comes from a blog and bloggers are often sent free products for reviews, (which makes me not rule out bias) the information itself is what I have read elsewhere over the internet.

I've read the same info you have about mineral oil and petroleum being bad for the skin- "It's used in machinery!" This usually comes from ezine articles which are often promotions for specific products disquised as "scientific" information. And parroted by people on skin forums because they've read it so often they take it as truth.

What I've gleaned from research on this topic, is that mineral oil and petroleum stay on top of the skin. You wouldn't necessarily want a product with actives and a high percentage of mineral oil/petroleum because it would interfer with the absorption of the actives. On the other hand, with something like sunscreen, that you WANT to stay on top of the skin, MO/Petro may not be such a bad thing to have on an ingredient list.

I've also read that people with dry skin can benefit from these occlusion ingredients in moisturizers because they "lock in" moisture. I've heard petroleum based moisturizers have been recommended by dermatologists for use over Retin A. And consider this: baby oil is mineral oil. If it were that bad, wouldn't it have been outlawed for tender baby parts decades ago?

I've read so many contradictions about things on forums I urge everyone to do their own research and draw their own conclusions. Even "experts" disagree, so in the end you just have to go by "what works for you".
ITA. I don't use mineral oil on my face, but I don't think it's toxic. From the studies/"stuff" I've read. It had its uses. Let's face (ahahaha, get it, face.... okay. I'll shut up) it, baby oil is NOT the same thing as car oil.
 

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if you really worried about your oily skin visit mederionline.com site. I think this site helps you to find the solution of your problem.
 
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