You’ve probably heard that or something like it but does it have any merit? If it’s been estimated by the masses that you should avoid mineral in your hair care products, what about your skin care products? Is it OK if they containing mineral oil?
A Lubricant and Little More
For starters, it’s important to understand what mineral oil actually is. Mineral oil is a petroleum based lubricant. You’ll find it in baby oil, diaper creams and other skin care products. It’s been used for years in skin care products but not without controversy.
Mineral oil does not allow moisture (water) to penetrate the skin which is necessary to keep it from becoming dehydrated and dried out.
Unlike natural oils derived from Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, mineral oil will not help you to seal moisture into your skin.
Mineral oil also sits on top of the skin’s surface so if it’s mixed into a product such a moisturizer, it does not allow that moisturizer to adequately penetrate the deep layers of your skin. Hence, the moisturizer is made ineffective.
Mineral Oil’s Effect on Acne Prone Skin
If you have oily acne prone skin and use mineral oil based products, you may also notice an increase in your skin’s oil production. This greatly increases the chance of a near future outbreak. That’s because mineral oil clogs the pores causing your sebaceous glands to “overwork” by producing more oil. Your skin can not breathe.
With all of these hindrances to your skin being able to receive and/or retain moisture, I’d say it’s a good decision to avoid skin care products containing mineral oil.
What do you say?