Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip-gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list. ~~~Dr. Oz
It may shock you to know that despite the unquestionable popularity of petroleum jelly when it comes to dealing with dry skin, this compound is not really a skin moisturizer. On the contrary, petroleum jelly acts as a barrier when applied on the skin, and by itself, it has no moisturizing properties. What it does is, it reinforces the moisture that is present in the skin by trapping it within. This is the reason why many people wonder ‘is petroleum jelly bad for lips’? Well, if your lips are always chapped and dry, then you may need to put more than just petroleum jelly on your chapped lips.
So, now that we know that one of the petroleum jelly dangers lies in the fact that it is a sealant rather than a moisturizing agent, let us see what other effects the various petroleum jelly use brings about. The fact is that while petroleum jelly acts as a sealant, it is useful when you need increased absorption of topical medications. Thus, there have been cases where people slather on this product after topically applying some kind of medication, to enhance the rate and extent of absorption. However, this may lead to effects like very rapid and dangerous rates of absorption, which may even make the medication toxic. And as white petroleum jelly forms a layer on the skin, it does not allow the natural toxins to escape from the skin. So, it may actually hamper the rate of elimination of toxins in the form of sweat and sebum.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/petroleum-jelly-dangers.html
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