Mineral Oils ARE Bad Mmmkay?

It’s not very often that I take advice from ‘beauty guru’ types. Or people who preach about skin care, or people who are all snobbish when it comes to products and ingredients. Mineral Oils are such a product where people told me they were bad and I went and used them anyway. It all started when I bought the L’oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil a while ago (you can read that post here). I praised this SO much when I first discovered it – it removed make up so well and kept my spots at bay and I even mention in that first post some concerns over the use of Mineral Oils., but still continued to use it… Alas, a few months later I discovered why mineral oils were bad; despite my initial positive experience.
You’re probably wondering why I’m showing the picture of my manky bathroom wall with what appears to be a streak of something gross on it. That streak of grossness is the L’oreal Cleansing Oil. I cannot for the life of me get rid of it. I’ve tried everything. This to me, just demonstrated what this stuff does to your skin – it sits there and forms a layer. I know there are many reasons for and against using mineral oils and lot’s of technical hoo-har I have no idea about. But after using the cleanser for a few months I found that my pores had turned GREY. Like, actually grey. The reason for this is because the mineral oil was building up a layer on my skin which trapped crap within my pores. Whilst I didn’t get any more spots than usual  (maybe a few less) and my skin wasn’t dry or horrid in any other ways, the greyness of my pores was something I hadn’t experienced before. It also made my face quite shiny, meaning make up wouldn’t last as long as it usually would. Taking in to account the mess it’s left on my wall which cannot be cleaned off, I think the rest of this bottle is destined for the bin. 

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Convinced! 'Scuse me while I check everything for this crap! x


Oh no sounds horrid!


Oh poo, I'm using this cleanser at the moment.

Victoria Jane

" trapped crap within my pores " I love your technical wording


I hear angels singing, Terri I could kiss you for binning this lol……in fairness no amount of preaching from me will change people's minds but the fact that you can't clean this off your wall just cements in my mind why I fight for natural skincare from my little preachy corner of the bloggersphere 😉


Ew.. that's really gross! :/
I am always dubious about using too many oils on the skin just because they just seem strange to me and now I feel slightly justified in that haha. xx


Jenifer - Kitsch N Sync

This will sound ridiculous…and please don't burn your house down but if you run an iron on a low setting over kitchen towels against your wall then wipe it should get it off. I vaguely remember the tip from Kim & Aggy on that house cleaning programme on a few years ago. (Although it was about cooking oil, but I assume it would work here also?)

So definitely not good for your skin then!! 🙂

Jen xx

Grace Ainsworth

kitchen towels they might catch fire? Maybe try the matt side of baking paper and a iron.