What is Mineral Oil and why do some people think it’s bad?

Mineral Oil is an emollient often used in cosmetics because of the natural occlusive moisture content that is essentially important to good skin care.  Mineral Oil has erroneously been at the center of some debates on whether or not it is safe.

Mineral Oil helps to seal moisture into the skin, improves the skin’s barrier function for better protection, has been proven as non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and can help to boost the long-term health of your skin.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has thoroughly approved the use of Cosmetic Grade, Pharmaceutical Grade and Food Grade mineral oils.  The FDA does not take endorsement of ingredients lightly and requires all approved substances to be rigorously and painstakingly tested for the skin and general health.  Mineral Oil is considered to be a GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) by the FDA and is commonly used in many cosmetic and skin care products.

Derived from by-products of petroleum, there was some initial curiosity about the potentially hazardous effects.  The FDA took into consideration all of these concerns and very carefully examined the refining and purification methods that Mineral Oil is processed through.  They found after a multi-year study that Mineral Oil is completely safe for the skin.  A study published by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, mineral oil that qualifies as cosmetic-grade, pharmaceutical-grade and food-grade have excellent records of safety (http://www.essence-of-mineral-makeup.com/mineral-oil.html ). Even though everything has been cleared and deemed as safe, there have been groups that have smeared the name of Mineral Oil in campaigns to promote other, less effective ingredients.

Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care & Cosmetics uses only Pharmaceutical Grade Mineral Oil.  www.gerdaspillmann.com for more information.

Want more information on Mineral Oil?  Check out this link – http://www.skincare-news.com/a-6648-Top_5_Commonly_Misunderstood_Skincare_Ingredients_.aspx

For more information about the FDA’s approval visit their website at www.fda.gov.

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