An oil with occlusive properties, commonly known as ‘baby oil’. Mineral oil a bad reputation for being pore-clogging but is actually non-comedogenic. This rumor is due to the fact that when mineral oil was first tested on animals (on rabbit’s ears), they found that it clogged their pores, however, human skin reacts (or rather, doesn’t) differently. Pure mineral oil is often used in oil cleansing. Sensitivity and breakouts do happen, usually when OCM is done with a scented baby oil – it’s usually the added fragrance and vitamin e that people testing the oil cleansing method react to.
Mineral oil (pure, white, cosmetic grade) is great for OCM due to its occlusive and emollient properties but it has no nutritive benefits for the skin, compared to other natural oils.
Paraffin, by itself, is a waxy, petroleum-based substance used as a thickener in cosmetics.« Back to Dictionary Home