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Petroleum and Mineral Oil: Bad News For Your Skin

We all know crude oil, sometimes called petroleum, is a fossil fuel that was produced deep in the earth through a process that took millions of years to complete.

Today, almost all of us come into contact with a derivative of petroleum every day. The world is full of products that come from petroleum - gasoline, Styrofoam, lubricating oils. Did you know that cosmetics contain fossil fuels too.

Mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many beauty products today - and both come from fossils fuels (gross).

By locking moisture against the skin, petroleum and mineral oil sit on the skin’s surface and can potentially block pores. This may cause the appearance of pimples because the skin cannot properly breathe.

The use of chemicals such as petroleum can also increase your risk for developing skin cancer.

Fit's Tips: Go ahead - check the ingredients on your foundations, cleansers, and moisturizers. If you see mineral oil or petroleum, you may want to ditch them and look for other products that are crude oil free. Also, propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, ceresin, toluene, benzene, petrolatum, and paraffin are all derivatives of petroleum, so you'll want to avoid these as well.

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