I know what you’re thinking, you are scratching your head wondering why on earth I’d be writing about liquid paraffin on a skin site. We’ll believe it or not, this plays a role in many products throughout the industry. Do yourself a favor, pick up one of the skin care products that you own and take a close look at the ingredients. Notice anything? I’m sure you’ve come across “liquid paraffin” and if not, I’m willing to bet one that you have does, in fact, contain this ingredient.
This ingredient is typically found in creams and lotions. It’s also commonly found in candles. I know, it’s strange that it would be used in both products but, to be honest, it’s quite common of ingredients for that to happen. Liquid paraffin can be found in skin products, lip balms, eczema creams, ointments, lotions, soaps and more. Before you continue to use products containing this ingredient, ask yourself whether or not it’s safe for you to use.
I’m going to try to take a closer look at the ingredient to determine whether or not it’s safe for you to put on your skin and ingest.
What Exactly Is Liquid Paraffin?
You’ve most likely heard people refer to liquid paraffin as something else, mineral oil. It’s derived from petroleum and is more commonly referred to as mineral oil than anything else. In this specific case, the mineral oil in liquid paraffin has been refined to the point where it’s been deemed suitable for use within skin care products. The important thing to understand here is that the liquid paraffin contained within skin products is safe for human consumption.
How To Use It
There are lots of products that contain this ingredient that you’ve taken. If you’ve ever consumed a laxative then I’m certain you’ve ingested this before. It’s most commonly found in skin creams due to the moisture retention powers that it has. This is a huge factor given the impact that losing moisture can have on your skin.
Naturally, your skin acts as a barrier to help prevent moisture from leaving your skin. However, when you expose your skin to factors such as the sun, alcohol consumption, and other dehydrating factors, then you’re essentially weakening the barrier. Liquid paraffin can help keep that barrier intact.
Lots of products that claim to retain moisture and encourage hydration contain this ingredient. You’ll likely notice that products that have this ingredient in them often leave you with a greasy feeling, but nevertheless, it’s smooth as can be and moist too!
You’ll likely find liquid paraffin in creams meant to treat eczema conditions. Lots of studies have been done which claim that eczema flares happen due to a lack of moisture. Using this ingredient can help reduce the chances of having to deal with these flare up symptoms.
Is It Dangerous?
Some people have very mixed emotions about products containing liquid paraffin. They think that the ingredient does nothing but leave a slimy, greasy film on your skin and that it doesn’t actually have a positive impact on your skin. It only gives users the illusion that they’re improving their skin.
Basically, people argue that it simply doesn’t enhance your skin. Big deal, we hear this type of talk from lots of individuals and it’s no surprise here.
More importantly, some fear that the ingredient can cause breakouts to occur. They believe that it clogs pores and causes people to develop acne. If you have bad acne or extremely sensitive skin, then I’d suggest you stay away.
What Types Of Products Contain This Ingredient?
There are literally thousands of types of products that contain liquid paraffin. All you need to do is take a quick stroll down the lotions and creams aisle at the pharmacy. Look for the terms “liquid paraffin” and “mineral oil.” If you’re worried about this ingredient, it might be a good idea for you to consult with your dermatologist before taking any further action.
Where To Start
Well, if I were you and I was trying to determine whether or not this ingredient was harmful, I’d start in my medicine cabinet. Typically, I suggest that individuals take out every single product that they use on their skin and read the ingredients of each. Take an inventory of what each of the products contains to see if any active ingredients overlap one another. The reason this is so important is because you might be double dosing with regards to certain active ingredients. For example, if you find a product that contains that same active ingredient, you might want to choose one of them versus using both.
Once you’ve determined which products contain liquid paraffin, think back as to whether or not any of the products caused you to break out with a rash or acne. In the event that one of them did, I’d suggest discontinuing use immediately. If issues continue to present themselves after discontinuing, then seek further medical treatment.