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How Mineral oil is carcinogenic?

How Mineral oil is carcinogenic?

How Mineral oil is carcinogenic?

Carcinogenic means having the potential to cause Cancer. Mineral oil is odorless, colorless.it is particularly distilled of petroleum.it is also known as white oil, paraffin oil, liquid paraffin. Mineral oil is a by-product of crude oil.
It Consists of 3 types of compound-Paraffins, Naphthenic Compound & Aromatic Compound. Mineral oil is the most common ingredient in Baby oil, Baby lotion, Cold cream, ointments & In Laxatives.it has more than 70 hidden names in the cosmetic industry.it depletes fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K.It breaches all these vitamins from skin & these vitamins are important for skins health. Deficiency of vitamin A on the skin causes acne on skin, Vitamin D is important for bones, Vitamin K  for clotting & vitamin E for skins elasticity. It is inexpensive oil. Mineral oil when it is used in Personal care product they are highly refined but when they are used in automobiles they are not refined.


People who work in the automobile industry, Mineworkers, metal industry are exposed to mineral oil so frequently. Dermal exposure is the primary route of Skin/scrotal cancer. Individual studies have shown that it is related to other cancers as well including Larynx, Pancreases, based on studies of metal workers and related manufacturing occupation. It might be due to exposure to metalworking fluids. Lung cancer is most common cancer in these occupations. Exposure is not just Mineral oil but other compounds as well. Untreated or mildly treated mineral oil causes cancer of skin /scrotum in humans.


Mineral oil is derived from Petroleum, Molecule size of oil is big it doesn't get absorbed into the skin as result it remains on the skin surface. It is a reflector of the sun which leads to more skin damage and skin discoloration. it also dries the skin and lead to premature aging. Mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum which has carcinogenic effect for example-aromatic compounds.

Mineral oil used in Cosmetics or in Pharmaceuticals is highly refined & purified and its Purity regulated by FDA. If possible avoid them.

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