18 Most Harmful Cosmetic Ingredients: Lets Talk About Petrolatum

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I want to give information to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposure to harmful chemicals.  I need you to understand that if any of the ingredients I discuss with you have a low score of being an overall health hazard, it is still enough to know you do not want it in or on your body.  Many of these ingredients are only tested for a short time and not by testing it regularly and for many years.  Toxic absorption builds up over time and so does its ability to harm our body.   So adding a little on your skin today adds up over a week, a month, a year and longer.

Petrolatum commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum.  It is often used in personal care products as a hair conditioning agent, skin conditioning agent, emollient, skin protectant, occulsive, and moisturizing agent.  

When properly refined, petrolatum has no known health concerns. However, petrolatum is often not fully refined in the US, which means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). 

A study linking the petrolatum impurity polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs to breast cancer was completed at Columbia University. The study indicates that breast tissue of women with breast cancer were 2.6 times more likely to have increased amounts of PAHs attached to their DNA than the breast tissue of women without breast cancer.

Petrolatum is acknowledged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an approved over-the-counter skin protectant and is used in the manufacturing of cosmetic skin care. However the side effects of petrolatum include finding the petroleum byproduct in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne.

Health Concerns of the Ingredient Overall Hazard is low to moderate.  Other high concerns: contamination concerns, organ system toxicity (non reproductive).

Please check all your skincare products at home to see if they contain these ingredients.  Be wise, be safe.