Is mineral oil bad for your skin?
According to one recent study, mineral oil is preferable for many different skin types, including a baby’s sensitive skin.1 Mineral oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores. It has a long record of safe use and is unlikely to spoil, even in hot, humid climates.7
Does mineral oil cause cancer?
Mineral oils and waxes as used in cosmetic products do not present a risk to human health under normal use conditions.7 It is also important to note that the type of highly refined, purified mineral oil used in cosmetics and personal care products is not the same as the “crude” or unrefined forms of mineral oil used in automotive, railroad and aviation industry applications.
Why is mineral oil in cosmetics?
In cosmetics, mineral oil helps reduce water loss from a person’s skin, helping to keep skin moisturized. It is also inert, which makes it less likely to cause a skin reaction.
What are the different types of mineral oils?
Some types of mineral oils are considered “crude,” because they are not refined or purified. These types are used in automotive, railroad and aviation industries. The type of mineral oil used in products like baby oil and cold creams, for example, are purified, refined, and considered “cosmetic-grade” for skin care products like baby oil and cold creams.
1 The Infant Skin Barrier: Can We Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Barrier? (hindawi.com)
2 CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 (fda.gov)
3 A toxicological review of topical exposure to white mineral oils – ScienceDirect
4 Cosmetic Ingredient Review | (cir-safety.org)
5 Personal Care Products Council – Mineral Oil: https://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredients/mineral-oil/
6 CosIng – Cosmetics – GROWTH – European Commission (europa.eu)
7 Review of data on the dermal penetration of mineral oils and waxes used in cosmetic applications – ScienceDirect