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Does mineral oil benefit my skin?

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So I’ve been trying to find information on beauty products’ efficiency as well as their benefits. I did a bit of googling and found a post on The Beauty Brains about the top 5 myths about mineral oil part one and myths about mineral oil part two.

The first part talks about the 5 myths and gives reasons why they are illogical. I bolded the last two sentences to show the contrast between this section and a comment — also in bold –  in the second half of the article. So now I ask you with tears in my eyes — what’s the point in using mineral oil aka baby oil if it doesn’t provide the skin with moisture?

2. Mineral oil dries the skin and causes premature aging. Mineral oil works as a barrier between the skin and the air. It acts as an occlusive agent which prevents water from naturally leaving your body through your skin. It will not dry out your skin or cause premature aging. Quite the contrary. It will provide moisturization.

The comment in the second half:

thebeautybrains January 7, 2008 at 8:27 am


And snake venom will kill you. The point is that there are plenty of natural materials that are not “good” for you.

Most of your comments are just a rehashing of things others have said. If you could include some proof to back up your opinions it would be nice.

Your car example…the parts exposed to oil do not rust. Not all the parts are exposed to oil all the time.

You’re trying to create a straw man logical fallacy. I never said mineral oil imparts moisture. It doesn’t. Go back and read through the comments. This has already been discussed.

What is your proof that plant based oils soak into your skin? The fact that they are organic is irrelevant. They don’t soak in any different than mineral oil.

Where is your proof that petroleum based products will lock microbes in your wounds? More unproven propaganda.

Finally, mineral oil doesn’t add vitamin A or C to your skin. And what exactly do vitamins, mineral or fats do when applied to your skin?

Either/Or Logical fallacy…
“And by default- if it NOT putting any kind of vitamins, minerals, or fats of any kind into the skin then logically we have to call it what it is: a filler.”

It’s an occlusive agent put in products to increase the level of moisture in your skin. This is proven by the fact that when skin moisture levels are measured with a device like a corneometer, they are higher when mineral oil based creams are used.

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Written by Joy-Mari Cloete

December 14th, 2009 at 11:18 am

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  1. Nice, I’m just getting into all of this cosmetic quackery. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.


    1 Mar 10 at 6:08 pm

  2. Hey, Jo

    Oy, there’s so much to read about this stuff. I had to buy new lotion yesterday and found a new line at Clicks — Yes to cucumbers. It’s made in Israel and it doesn’t contain any petroleum. Then there’s also Dr.Hauschka but it’s a bit out of my budget at the moment. So yeah, some European companies know what they’re doing.

    Ben Goldacre also writes a ‘Bad Science’ column for the Guardian.

    Joy-Mari Cloete

    2 Mar 10 at 9:23 am

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