The Truth About Mineral Oil

The Truth About Mineral Oil

We get a lot of questions about why our products include mineral oil so we thought it would make sense to put together a blog post to set the record straight.

Unfortunately, sometimes good ingredients can be perceived as bad, with no supporting scientific evidence. This seems to be the case with mineral oil.

There have been articles claiming that mineral oil has been linked to all sorts of bad things, from clogging pores to causing acne, to being carcinogenic and it's actually not the case at all. 

So what is mineral oil?

It is considered by industry specialists to be one of the safest, most non-irritating moisturising ingredients ever found.

The mineral oil in skincare is pharmaceutically purified and certified by United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and British Pharmacopoeia (BP).

Once the pharmaceutically purified process has occurred, mineral oil bares no resemblance to the original petrolatum sourced from the earth.Clear and odourless, mineral oil is widely used in cosmetics and skincare because it rarely causes allergic reactions.

Why should we use it?

Hundreds of independent studies show that mineral oil is safe, soothing and moisturising for healthy skin. It can assist in wound healing too. Due to its large molecular size, mineral oil can't possibly clog pores as it cannot penetrate the skin. Instead, it stays on the surface of the skin, where it plays a vital role in maintaining moisture.

Our face wash contains mineral oil to act as a vehicle for our nourishing botanical ingredients like jojoba, chamomile and safflower. It is designed to nourish even the most sensitive skin.

Claims that purified pharmaceutical grade mineral oils are unsafe are simply not accurate, and they are often designed to scare us.

The truth about the mineral oil used in our face wash is that it's very safe, and better yet, very good for even the most sensitive skin!

Have a Question?

Check out the answers to common questions from Girl Lane co-founder and Pharmacist Deborah Williams - or you can even ask your own question!

Deborah Williams
Co-Founder & Pharmacist
Deborah Williams