Re: Is mineral oil really bad for your skin?
I think mineral oil is bad for your skin. I don't care if you want to believe me but I know I won't go anywhere near the stuff (nor silicones).
Mineral oil is used in 98% of cosmetics because it is a waste product so is easier and cheaper to put into cosmetics than to actually dispose of it. It cannot penetrate the deeper layers of the dermis like carrier oils such as plant oils and butters (e.g. cocoa butter, almond oil) so it sits on the surface of the skin. This means that any moisturising ingredients cannot penetrate the skin and it also creates an imbalance with the natural sebum the skin produces either causing it to overproduce which causes excess sebum (blackheads, clogged pores, oily skin) or inhibits the production of sebum (dry skin, cracked skin, flakey skin). When it inhibits the production of skin so you get dry skin this then makes the person feel like they need to keep applying mineral oil to temporarily allievate this condition yet they are actually creating it.
It also inhibits the skins removal of toxins which causes signs of aging. It also promotes sun damage within skin as it sits on the skins surface, heats up (think of a cooking oil) and burns the skin. Even in creams with SPF even though you won't get sun burnt have you ever had heat rash? The heat rash is caused by the mineral oil on the skin.
Even if you don't believe any of this.. it's a cheap filler in cosmetics. I'd rather use plant butters, nut oils and essential oils which help to heal, remove toxins and penetrate the deeper levels of skin to promote healthy skin growth and restoration.
But that's just me.