Mineral oil in skincare and cosmetics

Written on 12/16/2020
Am Sk


Mineral oils are used in many skincare, cosmetic and personal care products, as well as numerous other objects found in everyday life, including car engines etc.

Mineral oils and related ingredients include: petrolatum, paraffinum, liquid paraffin, vaseline, paraffinum white, deobase, microcrystallin wax, cera microcrystallina...

Mineral oils in cosmetic products are often highly purified (pharmaceutical grades) and then exempt of contamination that can be found in technical grade mineral oils. As the molecules are very big, they are unlikely to penetrate skin, creating an insulating layer. This insulating layer have shown benefits for people with damaged skin barrier, since it would prevent water loss through evaporation. However, many people prefer to avoid them as the plastic-like layer they create on skin prevents it from 'breathing' normally; they can worsen acne for people prone to develop such lesions due to their clogging properties. 

Mineral oils are derived from petrochemicals and are not biodegradable, like plastics. For these reasons, many earth-conscious people prefer to avoid them in their personal care products. 

Flamingo by Skintifique, the free platform designed to help anyone find personal care products that meet one's safety and ethics criteria is able to identify over 25 mineral oils and their name variations.

To find personal care products that do not contain mineral oils, you may use Flamingo by Skintifique