CBSNews: This Popular Moisturizer Applied To Mice For 17 Weeks Got 69% More Tumors


A study has found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream could increase skin cancer risk.

Mice irradiated with moisture intake reportedly experienced a faster increase in the risk of tumor growing and increased tumor size. Treatment of the mice with Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream for 17 weeks increased the total number of histologically characterized tumors by 69 percent.

A recent study reported that some commercial moisturizing creams increase the formation and number of tumors in laboratory mice. The next studies are needed to know how their impact on a human being.

This also applies to tanning oils and lotions, which many of you may be using right now with summer in full swing, as well as the baby oil or lotion that many parents unwittingly slather on their babies.

Many skin creams contain mineral oil, which is derived from petroleum, which is used on your car.

Mineral oils are carcinogenic. Mineral oil is also comedogenic, blocking human’s pores and preventing the skin’s respiration process.

Blocked pores can lead to blackheads and pimples. Moreover, because mineral oil can create an impenetrable film on your skin, it may also block the absorption of any beneficial ingredients that might exist in the product.

Moisturizing cream with mineral-based oil can be tumorigenic

The featured study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, found that commonly used moisturizing creams containing mineral oil are tumorigenic when applied topically to mice. What this means is that these creams and lotions can increase the rate at which skin tumors form. The study tested four common skin lotions:

  • Dermabase
  • Dermovan
  • Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream
  • Vanicream

What these creams have in common is that they all contain mineral oil. Mice that were at high risk of developing skin cancer received a topical application of 100 mg of one of the creams once a day, five days a week for 17 weeks. The researchers concluded that the rate of tumor formation significantly increased, as did the tumor size per mouse. In fact, the number of histologically characterized tumors increased by a whopping 69 percent!

Watch out for tanning oils containing mineral oil!

In connection with its tumorigenic potential, mineral oils are not an ideal ingredient in your skin creams, but they have many different names, make it difficult to identify them.

Some alternative names commonly used are:

  • Adepsine oil
  • White oil
  • Baby oil
  • Mineral seal oil
  • Drakeol
  • Albolene
  • Lignite oil

Mothers: Beware what you put on your and your baby’s skin

Many women who breastfeed will apply cream to their breasts without too much consideration for what’s in it. Hopefully, you now will not be one of them. According to studies, mineral oil paraffin can bioaccumulate in both fat tissue and human breast milk.

It is believed that your baby may receive about one percent of the mineral paraffin accumulated in your body and breast milk. In addition to exposure through breast milk, intake by licking the breast is one of the pollutants. In some cases, daily intake of breast care products poison the baby up to 40 mg / kg BW.

Various studies linking mineral oil with 23 different diseases, including some cancers. You need to avoid creams and lotions while feeding your baby. You also need to minimize the application of baby oil on your baby’s skin.

You can absorb MORE toxins from skin care products than food

Remember that the skin is the largest and thinnest organ. The skin is only able to separate your body from potential toxins as far as 1/10 inch. The skin is highly permeable too. The items that you rub will penetrate into your bloodstream and will be distributed to various organs and tissues in your body. It is more harmful than chewing due to the absence of stomach enzymes to break down chemicals.

Most creams and lotions sold in supermarkets contain mineral oils which are very dangerous if accumulating in the body for a long time. You need to switch to natural moisturizer; you can use pure emu oil and virgin coconut oil. Both are extremely safe and free of mineral oil.

Some tips that can be done to minimize the consumption of mineral oil-based creams and moisturizers:

  • Prioritize USDA Organic Seal.
  • Try to buy products that are fragrance-free.
  • If it is not possible to avoid mineral oil, look for products containing mineral oil at least.
  • Do not use creams and moisturizers if not absolutely necessary.
  • Use products from companies who prioritize the environment.


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