“If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put it on your body.”
(Dr. Guerry Grune )
All due respect to the health and wellness industry and dermatology at large, but when Petroleum Jelly—a toxic substance discovered in the 1800s at the bottom of oil rigs—is still touted as a viable moisturizer, 3rd Rock balks.
Sure, petroleum’s occlusive properties may keep skin from flaking, but only because it fills pores—not allowing them to “breathe” and preventing them from fulfilling their vital functions of secretion.
Oh, and Petroleum Jellies are laden with Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHAs) which are not suspected carcinogens but known carcinogens.
According to the Environmental Working Group, petroleum is in one of every fourteen cosmetic products. Would you put motor oil in your mouth? Or your child’s? Didn’t think so.