Petroleum jelly — an all-in-one remedy for everything. From mosquito bites, chapped lips, a moisturizer for dry skin, babies’ nappy rash, etc. But never have encountered such a story about petroleum jelly having dangerous ingredients until not so long ago.

Here are a few things you should know about petroleum jelly:

It is a by-product of the oil refining process.

Although some websites and authorities have tagged petroleum jelly as “carcinogenic”, still, there is a lack of analytical evidence to confirm it. We even went through our repository of data but we couldn’t find a stronger evidence for the carcinogenic angle.

Anyway, with or without results, current published medical evidence does not provide sufficient evidence to implicate petroleum jelly for a myriad number of health effects. But should we dig more for it?

But knowing that it’s a byproduct of the black stuff that comes from the ground, would you want that on your skin or on your face? And whatever gets absorbed by the skin goes into our bloodstream.

Petroleum jelly and Hydrocarbon Poisoning

Another really scary by-product of petroleum is hydrocarbon poisoning. Exposure to this may result in various conditions such as encephalopathy, arrhythmia, acidosis, dermatitis, and pneumonitis. Possible methods of contamination by hydrocarbons are food intake, dermal absorption, food intake, and air inhalation.

Petroleum Jelly and the Skin

Petroleum jelly leaves a waterproof-like sheath on the skin. This is bad for the skin because it clogs the pores and the skin can’t breathe.

Aside from the pores not being able to breathe, bacteria and other debris can’t be excreted and will most probably be stuck with the petroleum jelly being there.

Other reasons for not using petroleum jelly are:

Estrogen Dominance

If you’re a woman, estrogen dominance is not something you’d like to have. It occurs when your estrogen hormone levels in the body are high but the progesterone is too low so they cannot be balanced. This generates several health problems like infertility, allergies, menstrual problems, accelerated imaging, and autoimmune problems. Also, it may cause nutrient deficiencies, sleep problems, and even cancer.

The culprit behind this is what we call “xenoestrogens”, which are chemicals that manage estrogen levels in the body. Petroleum jelly is one of those sources of xenoestrogens. These chemicals can impact the hormone receptors in the body and can cause estrogen dominance.

Collagen Breakdown

Petroleum jelly can also be the cause of collagen breakdown, which particularly affects women. Once the skin absorbs the petroleum jelly, it cannot absorb nutrients or breathe.

Lipid Pneumonia

Another bad component of petroleum and has dangerous chemicals is 1, 4 dioxane which is a proven carcinogen and known to contribute to other cancer types. One of the severe issues against lipid pneumonia is that if you inhale a small amount of petroleum jelly, it can accumulate in the lungs. This lead to a possible grave lung inflammation.

And so I recommend 3 different safe alternatives for petroleum jelly. These are:

1. Coconut Oil

2. Shea Butter

3. Jojoba Oil

How about you – do you have any other replacement to petroleum jelly? Share your knowledge in the comments section below!

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