Some of grandma’s oldest home remedies consisted of Vaseline! Vaseline has been around for years and has been used for tons of different things. But did you know it is actually horrible for your skin?
Yes, It is true. Petroleum Jelly, the active ingredient in Vaseline is harmful to your skin. Petroleum jelly is not only found in Vaseline, though. It can be found in many different beauty products, moisturizers, chapsticks, and more. Studies show that petroleum jelly can block your pores, causing you to harbor toxins, and preventing you from healing!
What is Petroleum Jelly?
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil refining process. This means it is not sustainable or eco-friendly, and it also explains some of the potential problems with using it.
Petroleum jelly was originally found in the bottom of oil rigs and is further refined for use in the beauty industry. According to packaging and safety info, all of the harmful components are removed before use in beauty or personal care products, but some sources argue that it still contains some harmful components (like hydrocarbons).
Problems with Petroleum Jelly
Besides its pore-blocking potential, petroleum jelly carries some potentially bigger problems as well.
In fact, a 2011 study found that:
There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal absorption.
Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t be using Petroleum Jelly:
- Vaseline creates a seal over your skin
It disrupts the body’s process of eliminating toxins through pores! It potentially traps toxins in under the skin. It keeps sweat, salts, and other products of human metabolism in the skin. Contrary to popular belief, putting petroleum jelly on wounds and burns is not a safe idea.
- False sense of comfort
The second reason you should stop using products with petroleum jelly in it is because it creates a false sense of feeling of skin comfort and hydration. It is proven to be ineffective in treating skin conditions and serves no nutritional value. While the consistency of the product makes you feel like your skin is healthy, it is actually inflicting damage onto it.
- Slows down cellular regeneration
As if these aren’t enough reasons to stop using this product already, there are more. The third reason to stop using it is because it slows down cellular regeneration. Using these products on your face can induce a look of age on your skin. It reduces elasticity and damages collagen. It also damages the connective tissues in your skin!
- Difficult to get off
Fourthly, It is used as a base for makeup concealers because it “stays on”. It is classified as a non-comedogenic, and it is oddly water proof. The product is also non-water soluble. This makes it extremely difficult to wash off of your face, A minimal daily application can cause a buildup of toxins in the pores. This causes acne breakouts and infections. It is most certainly not a product you want on your face.
Last, but not least, petroleum jelly contains 1.4 dioxane! This chemical is classified as a carcinogen, meaning that it can be cancer causing! We might have Petroleum Jelly to blame for the rapid increase in cases of cancer! This product is not safe for adults, and especially dangerous for children to use. This product needs to be banned. People have used it for years, there is no telling what there is to be blamed for it. Put it down for sure!
Alternatives To Petroleum Products for the Skin
Thankfully, there are many great alternatives to petroleum jelly and mineral oil that help increase moisture on the skin and provide nourishment as well. The best part? Most of them can be used alone, and you don’t even have to make anything!
If you are looking for a simple alternative to petroleum jelly or Vaseline®, try:
- Shea Butter– A natural skin superfood that is high in Vitamins A, E, and F. It also contains beneficial fatty acids that nourish skin and it may reduce skin inflammation and increase collagen production. It is excellent on its own or in homemade beauty products.
- Cocoa Butter-A great source of antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids, cocoa butter is another great product for skin. There is even some evidence that it may reduce the signs of aging.
- Beeswax– A great substitute for the waterproof and protective properties of petroleum jelly without the hydrocarbons. Though not usually used alone, beeswax can be blended into homemade beauty products for its skin-protective ability and is especially useful in lip balms and body creams.
- Coconut Oil– Coconut oil has so many benefits, internal and external, and it can be great for the skin. It does cause breakouts in some people, so I always suggest testing on a small area of skin first, but it is a source of skin-nourishing fatty acids, lauric acid, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Almond Oil– A liquid oil that is fragrance-free and nourishing to the skin.
- Jojoba Oil-A perfect choice for skin care because it naturally resembles sebum, the oily substance naturally produced by the body to nourish and protect skin. I like to mix Jojoba Oil with Shea butter for a simple natural lotion.