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Ok, so if we have ever used a hair or skin product, we can all say that we are familiar with the ingredient Mineral Oil. We've heard the pros, the cons and the who cares about it. We've heard that it's okay, that it's bad...but did we truly understand why?? Can we say that we truly understand what exactly mineral oil is??
Well, hang tight and let's find out the truth about mineral oil.
So..What Exactly Is Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a byproduct of the distillation of crude oil to produce gasoline and other products made from petroleum. Also known as white petroleum, mineral oil has been widely used in skin-care products and in heavy machinery applications. Scented, mineral oil is popularly known as baby oil. It's also used to swab and clean ears safely and is recommended to trap insects that might enter the ear canal. Mineral oil is available in three grades and is refined according to its use. It is even used in heavy equipment to prevent parts from sticking together. There are three categories of mineral oil: aromatic hydrocarbons, paraffinic oils and naphthenic oils based on cycloalkanes.Because mineral oil is made in large quantities and is readily available, it is generally cheap and can be purchased at drug stores.
So..What Exactly Does Mineral Oil Look Like
Mineral oil is clear, with no visible color and no obvious scent.
It is heavy and viscous and is prized for coating objects. Today mineral oil is still used to moisturize the skin, but it can cause breakouts and is not considered necessarily good for sensitive skin. Mineral oil is a paraffinic oil that has been taken internally as a laxative. This is especially true for children as they are becoming toilet trained. Adults can also use this remedy. It's an effective laxative because it prevents the stool from absorbing too much water.