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Are Mineral Oil, Methyl Paraben & Propyl Paraben Harmful Chemicals if incorporated in Skincare Products?



Many misled consumers have the misconception on the use of methyl paraben, propyl paraben and mineral oil in skincare products. When the products involved therapeutical properties, the outcry are even worse.

Everything is chemical

The fact that most skincare manufacturers and marketers classify methyl paraben & propyl paraben as chemicals and that essential oils are not, shows that they and their manufacturer(s) have shallow or no knowledge of chemistry.


Factually, everything in the universe is made up of chemicals. Our body comprises only chemicals. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we consume are all chemical compounds. Otherwise, we scientists should not be classifying the study of behavior of molecules and atoms of matters as chemistry. Thus, even claimed organic skincare products are also chemicals!


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The common notion promoted by most skincare companies is that synthetic ingredients are 100% man-made and natural ingredients are 100% natural. This, we know, logically cannot be possible.


Most synthetic raw ingredient, if not all, needs also other raw ingredients that are processed from other natural sources to process into their final synthetic raw ingredient - which is raw ingredient to their customers who purchased them for further processing into an end-consumer product or semifinished product. This applies also to ingredients for skin care.


Likewise, all natural ingredients are NEVER sold in their real natural form as they contain lots of waste matters and impurities that need some processing to rid them; and in the process, some beneficial compounds will be lost.


Need for preservation for longer shelf life


Next, before the final processed ingredient can be used to further process into another product, the ingredient must be stored in the warehouse until someone orders, so adequate shelf-life is needed.


The whole production batch of ingredient also has to be repacked before shipping out - having to withstand air pressure (for air shipment) or heat through sea voyage (for seafreight) for many days. The natural ingredient needs a base that can help preserve it. The more natural it is, the faster the product will deteriorate without preservation. Skin care products will even cause the complexion to worsen if the end product is contaminated by non-preservation.


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Even if the natural ingredient were to be factory-packed under extreme clean-room and vacuum condition, when it reaches the end product manufacturer, they can't be decanting what they need for batching from the bottle/drum of raw natural ingredient in a cleanroom and vacuum condition, and store away under a perfect condition until the next batching.


Since base preservatives are never 100% natural. How then can a raw ingredient supplier claim that their raw ingredient is 100% natural? Likewise, can an end-product manufacturer use 100% natural ingredient?


While use of only synthetic ingredients isn't good, use of natural ingredients is also not 100% safe. However, if an ingredient is too pure in form then certain good therapeutical elements in it are lost.


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