Petrochemicals in cosmetics: evil or good?

Petrochemical products in cosmetics cause a very large resonance
around yourself. To put it mildly, they are not favored in a cosmetic composition.
and endow the most terrible characteristics. It just so happened that
if imaginary rumors about the harmfulness of any
drug, then they do not appease any reasonable arguments and
reliable facts. Petrochemical products suffered such a fate.
cosmetics, namely mineral oil. Let’s see what
Petrochemicals cause harm to the skin and whether it is at all.


  • What is mineral oil
  • Why use mineral oil in cosmetics
  • The benefits of petrochemical products
  • Petrochemicals and ecology
  • How safe is mineral oil?
  • Myths about the benefits and dangers of petrochemical products
  • As indicated oil on the label
  • findings

What is mineral oil

Mineral oil is a petrochemical product, which is obtained from
of oil. Where did oil come from on earth? Oil – fossil fuels
which originated millions of years ago as a result of decay products
small organisms, plants and plankton. In other words, she has
biogenic origin.

Oil extracted from the ground is subjected to complex processes.
processing: purification and distillation. Purified raw materials are used for
household purposes and for refueling cars. However, the raw materials that
used in cosmetics subjected to such thorough
multi-stage purification that does not remain from the old oil
nothing. This raw material is also used to prepare medicinal
means and in the manufacture of clothing (nylon and polyester). By the way
speaking, vegetable oils go a long way
recycling until it becomes suitable for use in

So, any type of mineral oil – is
Oily colorless liquid without taste and smell. This connection
from saturated carbohydrates which are emitted from oil. They are allowed
for use in cosmetic products all over the world, besides
without limitation of concentration. Mineral oils differ between
a viscosity

The most famous form of this substance is petrolatum, which
widely used in cosmetics. It is often heard that he
unnatural and too cheap, therefore harmful to the body.
Of course, this is a delusion. Once upon a time the good old petroleum jelly was
familiar to everyone since childhood. What other remedy is so good
softened, moisturized and protected the skin? In the old days without him
no woman got along. Another type of this substance is petrolatum.
(petrolatum) is considered more refined since
Unlike ordinary petrolatum, it is easier
consistency. It is introduced into Jonhson’s children’s oils.
Baby Remember the recent hype around it?

Its chemical composition is a long chain of atoms.
hydrogen and carbohydrate. There are so-called functional
groups by which substances are able to enter the chemical
reaction with each other. So, the mineral oil of such groups
no, which makes it completely inert, that is, chemically

Why use mineral oil in cosmetics

This is an absolutely indispensable component in cosmetics.
It is contained in almost all ukhoda and tonal products,
lipstick, eye shadows, lotions, etc. Petrochemical preparations
have proven themselves the best way they contribute to long
storage products are cheap and safe components
creams and lotions. Their safety is guaranteed because they
are part of many well-known drugs to us: antibiotics,
antimicrobial drugs, aspirin, antihistamines,
paraffin, etc.

It is used in cosmetics to create an occlusal film on
the surface of the epidermis. This film prevents the evaporation of moisture from
its surface, while it does not affect the skin with
biochemical point of view, that is, does not affect the chemical
processes occurring in the cells.

The benefits of petrochemical products

They have the following useful features:

  • prevent the evaporation of moisture from the surface of the epidermis;
  • are indispensable components of cosmetics for dry and
    dehydrated skin;
  • well break down and remove fat;
  • soften and moisturize the skin;
  • protect the skin from the negative effects of the environment;
  • do not penetrate the deep layers of the skin, since their molecules have
    big size;
  • do not clog pores, because they have an oil consistency;
  • with petroleum jelly promote accelerated healing of wounds
    on the skin;
  • do not thicken and do not form comedones (black dots);
  • do not cause allergic reactions;
  • make the skin soft and velvety.

So why did such a useful substance become bad
reputation? And the thing is that it stands out from the fashionable now
trend “natural” and “ecological”. Worth mentioning
the phrase “product of petrochemistry”, as many are beginning to fall into
panic. But it’s not for nothing that they say that fear has big eyes. AND
only a careful study of the topic will help to understand this.

It is well known that the origin of a substance does not affect its
utility or harm. For example, there are some
vegetable components that are much more dangerous than their
synthetic analogues or petrochemical products. For example, from
almond squeeze the oil, which can be very poisonous if
Do not completely remove prussic acid from it. Therefore, in cosmetics
it is not used, it is completely replaced by a synthetic analogue.
The following oils are also considered hazardous: mint, thuja,
horseradish, wormwood, camphor.

Even unrefined vegetable oils can be dangerous,
as they contain carcinogenic 3-chloropropan-1, 2-diol.
However, despite this, we prepare to write on them and use them
inside. In addition, earlier to make vegetable oils still
mineral oil was cheaper to add to it. Even now in
unrefined vegetable oil contains particles
mineral. They appear there not because they are polluted with oil, but
because originally contained in natural plant
raw material

Petrochemicals and ecology

Supporters of the so-called “green” cosmetics, argue that
the extraction and processing of oil harms the environment, leads to
depletion of natural resources and their non-renewability. but
oil is extracted not for the purpose of making mineral oil from it.
It is simply a by-product of the refining industry.
Nobody, for the sake of creating a moisturizer, will not drill oil
wells. Oil is obtained by refining and refining oil,
which is necessary for other industries.

So, petrochemical products are absolutely ecological, because
making is no different from cleaning and processing
coconut oil. It undergoes the same recycling processes as
and petrochemical products. So what’s worrying about the environment, in order
do not pollute the environment, you can refuse to travel to
cars or flights on airplanes, purchases packed in
plastic bags are the main causes of deterioration
the environment.

How safe is mineral oil?

You can immediately reply that it is completely safe. Idea of ​​danger
This product is an ordinary tactic of intimidation
consumer. It is now well known for its absolute
because it is non-toxic, it does not contain dangerous
impurities and does not penetrate the skin. It is allowed to use even in
children’s cosmetics in high enough concentrations. For all the time
no adverse effects have been identified.
on human health.

Rumors that it causes skin cancer are completely unfounded and
deprived of any reason. After all, it is subjected to careful
multi-stage cleaning, so do not be afraid of the oil itself and
cosmetics based on it.

Myths about the benefits and dangers of petrochemical products

Let’s look at the main myths found on the Internet.

Myth number 1 Petrochemicals prevent penetration into
skin nutrients from the cream.

It should be said that practically no substances penetrate into
skin through its protective barrier. Otherwise all cosmetics
positioned as medicine, and not as cosmetics. Passage
The ingredients of the cream in the skin depends on the size of the molecule.
So, it is known that vitamin A easily passes through the protective
the barrier of the epidermis, because it has a small molecular
by weight. The same applies to niacinamide molecules (vitamin B3).
It should also be noted that the components of the cream should not penetrate
deep into living cells, all cosmetic compositions work on
level of the epidermis, that is, at the level of dead cells.

Myth number 2 Petrochemical products do not allow the skin

To be honest, the skin removes a very small amount.
toxins. With this, the kidneys and liver are excellent. In the liver
toxins are amenable to filtration and then urogenital
by the system. And only a small part of them is derived from the skin. In addition, many
imagine an occlusive film on the surface of the epidermis,
like something tightly corked. But it is very plastic, not
interferes with air exchange and does not violate the process of sweating.

Myth number 3 Mineral oil clogs pores and promotes
development of comedones

It does not clog pores because it simply can not get into these
the very pores. After all, its molecules are large – about this we
spoke above. In this case, the substance simply remains on
the skin surface until it is washed off with a cleanser. Quite
another thing if you have oily or problem skin. In that
In this case, oil-based cosmetic products will create
extra fat, which is just unpleasant to the senses.
Therefore, the statement that the pores are clogged is fundamentally wrong.
Only 100% oily product can clog pores.

Myth number 4 Petrochemical products – carcinogens

Very often you can hear about the carcinogenicity of these products.
Where do the legs grow from this statement? All from the same place – because
ignorance and ignorance. When they write that mineral oil
used as a lubricant, the thought immediately arises as
Can I apply this on the face? But actually the industrial version
petroleum products has nothing to do with cosmetic and
its pharmacological option. Cosmetic oil marked
USP and BP, which guarantees its quality, high cleaning, and complete
security. It undergoes multi-stage distillation and does not
contains impurities that could harm the skin or health
person Currently, many studies have been conducted
which did not confirm the ability of mineral oil to cause
oncological diseases. If you really care about this
question, then on the Internet you can find certificates of international
bodies that deny the possibility of developing oncological
diseases as a result of the use of petrochemical products.

As indicated oil on the label

To find petrochemicals on the label you need to know how they
denoted by:

  1. Liquid paraffin (liquid paraffin).
  2. Petrolatum liquid and petroleum oil (liquid
  3. white mineral oil (white mineral oil)
    or mineraloil.
  4. Haraffin oil and paraffinum liquidum (paraffin


So, we have debunked the myths that have unfairly acquired this
once popular product. Mineral oil is wonderful
absolutely safe product that is used as in
pharmacology, and in cosmetics. He is also reliable in
cosmetic composition and perfectly moisturizes the skin. If some
people are adherents of ecological lifestyle and do not accept
use petrochemicals, it is their own choice, but
it must not be caused by the danger and harmfulness of this

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