Petroleum Jelly is basic component of the Vaseline. But, except Vaseline, this ingredient is contained in many other beauty products which are specially created for moisturizing the skin.

Petroleum Jelly is cheap and does not have scent. But, have you ever wondered if this translucent jelly is bad for the skin?

First of all, Petroleum Jelly creates a blockage of the pores and thus keeps the toxins trapped in the skin. Moreover, it prevents the skin from healing and you should never apply it on sunburns.
Problems with Petroleum Jelly

This ingredient blocks the pores but in same time triggers severe issues.
Harmful Hydrocarbons

Human skin cannot metabolize petroleum jelly and thus it stays as some kind of protection layer until it is removed on its own. For instance, the body is not able to use anything from this jelly, like it does from the Shea butter or the coconut oil.

In addition to that, experts are concerned that its units, like the hydrocarbons can change into fat tissue in the body.

According to research conducted in 2011, it was discovered that:
“There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal absorption”.
Collagen Breakdown 

Due to the fact that Petroleum Jelly forms some kind of barrier on the skin, it may cause collagen breakdown.

At this point it is important to mention that petroleum jelly covers the skin and on that way prevents its breathing and using nutrients. That actually may reduce the speed of cell renewal and furthermore that may lead the skin to take out the important moisture and nutrients from the inside and that in fact causes collagen breakdown.

Estrogen Dominance

The condition when the body shows high levels of estrogen and the levels of progesterone are low, so cannot normalize it is called estrogen dominance. This may lead to infertility, fast aging, menstrual problems, allergies, autoimmune issues, nutrient deficiencies, insomnia and a few types of cancer.

One of the products which contain chemicals known as xenoestrogens is the Petroleum jelly. This chemical significantly increases estrogen and thus causes problems in the organism. According to recent study, the above mentioned chemicals may cause estrogen dominance by affecting the hormone receptors.

More Serious Problems

Products which contain Petroleum also include various destructive chemicals, such as 1,4 dioxane, which was proved to be carcinogen. Unfortunately, this chemical is present in more than a third of the beauty products which were tested. Experts add that there is a possibility that the Petroleum jelly causes some types of cancer due to ts effects on the estrogen.

Even though there are many advertisements which alert the customers about the disadvantages of using Petroleum jelly, but much more severe side-effects may occur. Despite the fact that such cases are rare, they still are possible to happen. According to statistical data, 1 % of people are affected by it.

Lipid pneumonia is condition among the destructive consequences. Such situation happens rarely, it is a consequence of inhaling very small amounts of petroleum jelly. Once it is inhaled, the jelly accumulates in the lungs and it can’t be metabolized or destroyed by the body. Medical experts warn that this results in severe lung inflammation.