Is petroleum jelly or mineral oil toxic?

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What is mineral oil?

Mineral oil is a clear, colorless, odorless, petroleum derivative. It’s chemically similar to petroleum jelly and is produced in heavy or light grades or viscosities. Its inexpensive and easy to make, it’s used in many different products, including lubricants, cosmetics, and medicine.

Are you in the habit of reading the ingredients labeled on the back of your cosmetics or hygiene products. I challenge you to take a moment to review the labels, you will discover that the majority of them contain a form of petroleum ( often referred to as mineral oil).

The truth is nearly every American purchases products that contain a percentage of Petroleum or mineral oil. It’s  advertised as being a lubricant or a moisturizer. Its commonly found in lotions, lipstick/balms, deodorants, baby products, hair products etc. What manufactures fail to advertise is that petroleum causes your pores to become clogged over a period of time. This can be hazardous to your health because your skin is a breathing organ. Preventing your skin from breathing inhibits the release of toxins, and can eventually cause diseases to manifest. Using petroleum based products on your hair can cause your follicles to become clogged and prevent hair from growing.  It’s very important to use the proper shampoo to remove sebum (natural oil) and residue from products from the scalp to ensure that the follicle is clean. Doing so will create an environment for the follicle to thrive, which promotes hair growth.

Thankfully there is a healthier alternative to use in place of petroleum and mineral oil. I caution you to read the labels of the products before using them. Just because the government approves it, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Below is a list of oils that are safe to use.

  • Olive Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil