Myths About Mineral Oil Demystified!

Posted for Skin Care On October 13, 2008


I just got back from a meeting about skin care products and their ingredients. One thing I noticed was the widespread anxiety among the audience regarding mineral oil.

That’s when I realized there were so many myths surrounding the use of mineral oil and that were shared alike by some skin care experts.

For the record, mineral oil is a colorless, odorless and tasteless substance derived from petroleum. It is also distilled from silicones like dimethicone and cyclomethicone.

Here are some popular myths:

Myth: Mineral oil clogs skin pores and cause acne!

Yeah… Pure mineral oil does promote further breakouts in acneic skin. But that doesn’t mean all anti-acne skin care products that contain a bit of mineral oil have the same effects. Industrial grade mineral oil can be comedogenic but cosmetic ones are not!

Myth: Mineral oil is occlusive

Mineral oil remains on the skin surface… true. But it neither stops the skin from breathing nor does it hinder the penetration of active ingredients within the skin. In fact, mineral oil acts as an excellent emollient cleanser as it demulsifies dirt and excess oil in the skin pores.

Myth: Mineral oil makes the skin dry

In contrast to popular belief that mineral oil dries the skin, it in fact stays on the surface and prevents moisture loss. Because its viscose in nature, it traps the moisture within the skin and lends more moisture.

Myth: Mineral oil can cause cancer

Mineral oil used in skin care products is quite different from what is used in industries. Also, the cosmetic oils have no record of being carcinogenic and stand the test of time.

Myth: Mineral oil is not natural

Mineral oil is derived from petroleum. And petroleum is as natural as essential oils or any other oils that come form the Earth. The misconception of mineral oil not being a natural product springs from the fact that it is further refined to become a usable product. But it is as safe to use as can be! Think about the use of vegetable oil in cars these days.

There you are! If you have any other myths or misconception regarding mineral oil, share them with me…

I’d like to hear from you…

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