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Is anyone concerned about the number of companies using Mineral Oil in most skincare because it is cheap?? I was shocked when I heard that 98% of American skincare contains it! I just don't see it as beneficial at all, anyone else??
 

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A few of my lotions have mineral oil. I have noticed that Dove does not contain any though.
 

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It's a cheap filler, and is not good for your skin. It can clog pores and irritate skin and cause breakouts.

I use only skincare with NO mineral oils...all natural.
 

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Is mineral oil the only bad oil? Because I have seen some other kinds of oils in the ingredient listing of my products.
 

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Is mineral oil the only bad oil? Because I have seen some other kinds of oils in the ingredient listing of my products.
No some natural oils are ok for the skin as long as they don't clog pores....off the top of my head...some that are ok are: some pure oils, such as tea tree oils, orange oil, borago officinalis seed oil, sesame seed oil, camellia sinensis leaf oil, ricunus communis (castor) seed oil, bergamot fruit oil, clary oil, utsea cubeba fruit oil, pure vitamin C and E oils, camelia oil (some are not able to use this).....

I think it's a toss up....some pure oils are ok, and some are not.

Can anyone else add to the oil list?

Shooot......I should be telling you which oils are BAD.....woops, my bad.
 

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It's strange because there are some websites that say Mineral oil is not pore clogging, and others say it is.
 

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It's strange because there are some websites that say Mineral oil is not pore clogging, and others say it is.
Sometimes it depends on the individual too....heck some people you couldn't clog or mess up their skin if we slapped car oil on them.
 

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What a great link/article that skincareteacher provided us with. I've asked many companies why they use it and they in a nutshell gave me the same answer as on that article. It is very confusing when you hear the organic/natural side saying one thing and the not so natural manufactured stuff another. I honestly feel that if something works for you-it isn't causing you harm and you like it use it.
 

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Just to add to your GOOD oils list: Sweet almond oil and Hemp Oil are my absolute favorites. Not known to cause any allergies and are fabulous moisturizers from nature. They blend well in any bath and body products.
 

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Oil-free cosmetics mean products that contain little or no ingredients such as isopropyl myristate, isopropyl esters, oleic acid, stearic acid, petrolatum and lanolin (especially acetylated lanolin, alcohol's and lanolin fatty acids).

The label on the cosmetic should state that it is oil-free. This implies that the product has been formulated with no oleaginous ingredients. These products would be appropriate for oily or acne-prone skin.
 

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Oil-free cosmetics mean products that contain little or no ingredients such as isopropyl myristate, isopropyl esters, oleic acid, stearic acid, petrolatum and lanolin (especially acetylated lanolin, alcohol's and lanolin fatty acids).

The label on the cosmetic should state that it is oil-free. This implies that the product has been formulated with no oleaginous ingredients. These products would be appropriate for oily or acne-prone skin.
Hey....thanks Donna, glad to see you back. Did you get my PM regarding another users concern? Check your PM.
 

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Mineral oil has some use - medicinal maybe. When you want a water proof barrier. Otherwise it's not a good thing to have in skincare products BECAUSE of that barrier - nothing will get in and/or out! Your skin needs to breath and MO won't let that happen.

Put some on your hand and spritz water on it - it beads right up and never penetrates - whereas other oils - biological ones especially will let the water in (yes it will bead up but it also lets it in). NOW with MO not letting anything in - will those other beneficial ingredients get absorbed? Most likely NOT. You've got that barrier going on.

MO is a cheap solution that MANY cosmetic companies choose to use.
 

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Kelly: to add to your list of good oils -

Rosehip Oil is a unique oil containing the nutrients and essential fatty acids that are vital for perfect skin health and a glowing complexion.

This super-fine oil absorbs instantly, allowing the skin to breathe while it goes to work to prevent the signs of premature ageing and assisting skin growth and repair. helps heal scarring associated with acne, surgery and minor burns. Smoothes fine lines, restores the skin?s moisture balance.
 

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I personally have no problem with mineral oil. It can't penetrate the skin and is very innocuous. Sometimes when I have a bad skin day the only thing I can use is the dreaded Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion from Clinique. Yup, that greasy yellow stuff that's practically just mineral oil, water and emulsifiers.

MO is good because as it doesn't penetrate the skin it, and also petrolatum, forms a protective barrier on the skin keeping out irritants and letting your skin heal itself underneath.

Having said that, I like a lot of natural oils an emmolients. I always look for stuff like macadamia, ricebran and squalane in ingredients lists.
 

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I'll stick with the natural/biological oils instead of MO. MO does create that barrier I'll definitely agree and it has it's uses medicinally - I just don't like the feel and would rather use something else. Plus I always feel I'm doing my body (not only my skin) good by NOT using MO. I love squalene and emu oil - those are my faves right now. Not tried ricebran however!
 
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