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The most important thing you need to know about skin care is that not all skin care products are the same.
Most people suffer from dry skin or xerosis whether it is diagnosed clinically by a medical doctor or by themself with just itchy, dryness.
I am invariably asked "What should I use?" or "Which product is the best?"  The key to determining what product should be used is by reading the ingredients listed on the back of the product.  What most people do not understand is that the companies that put out products are in the business of making money.  To that end, they put out products that perpetuate the need for their use.  This way the resources stay renewable and the company can continue to make money.  The main culprit behind this idea is the use of Mineral Oil.  Mineral Oil is one of the most common ingredients in most of the American skin care products from moisturizers to makeup.  The problem with mineral oil is that it is manufactured in the same process as making gasoline.  It comes from the purification of crude oil.  The reason it is called mineral oil is that it is an oil that is geologically made from rocks and minerals.  It is NOT made from a vegetable, fruit or grain. Mineral oil is chemically related to petroleum jelly but in liquid form.  Mineral oil has also been classified by the World Health Orgainzation (WHO) as a carcinogen (causes cancer) in humans if it is not subjected to an ultra refining process.
Now how does mineral oil actually work? Is it as harmful as people lead on?
These are the facts about mineral oil:
    1. Made from Crude Oil refining
    2. Non-renewable resource due to the fact it is directly refined from crude oil
    3. Provides a barrier to moisture entrance and exit from the skin
    4. Is refined to contain absolutely no water molecules in it. Hence it is an oil
    5. Lack of higher level refining of the mineral oil leads to cancer causing effects
Given those above facts, you must decide for yourself if it is something that you would want to expose to your skin.  First and foremost, you must realize that mineral oil itself has some very useful applications.  It was designed for use to provider a thin layer barrier on the skin to prevent anything from both entering and exiting the skin.  The science behind this idea is that it the application of the oil allows for any moisture that is within the skin layer to not be allowed to evaporate.  Thus that would translate into the idea that the skin would be providing its own moisture by not allowing it to further dry out.  Secondly, the application of the oil prevents any water from getting in.  Excessive water application does the opposite of what one would think.  It actually causes existing water to come out of the cells and further dries out the skin.  It is for these reasons why it was designed and allowed for use on things such as babies (to prevent them from diaper rash) and on dry, itchy patches of skin.
The problem with mineral oil is that it is what we call hygroscopic.  That means the oil has a propensity to draw out water from its surroundings and absorb it into itself.  This is not to be confused with "hydrophilic" which means "water-loving".  Remember, this is an oil and classically oil and water do not mix.  That old adage still holds scientifically true.  When an object containing moisture, either your skin or a cracker for example, the mineral oil will slowly over time leech out the moisture within the object and transfer that water to itself.  The end result is the production of a piece of material that is more dried out (or in this case, containing less water) than it was originally made. This happens with your skin.  Over time, the continuous use of products that contain mineral oil that are marketed as moisturizers actually cause the skin to become more dry by the fact that the main ingredient, mineral oil, is actually drawing out the moisture from the skin directly into the oil.  This then perpetuates the idea that the dry skin is not getting better and therefore you need to put more of their moisturizer on to counter act the process of dryness within the skin.  This creates a vicious never ending cycle.  Putting on a mineral oil based moisturizer which leads to further dry skin which then leads to putting on more mineral oil based moisturizer.

Stop the Insanity!!

We at Advanced Foot Care Center recommend the following to avoid the problems mentioned above.
First and foremost, read your product labels.  Be aware that any product containing mineral oil as one of the first 3 ingredients (usually the first one) produces more of a barrier than a way to treat a problem.  If this is what you are looking for, then you have found the product for you.
Secondly, not all oils are bad.  I would recommend that you look for products that contain natural oils or oils made from vegetable, fruit, or grains.  These oils nourish the skin and encourage not only moisture retention but once absorbed help draw water into the cells.  Look for products that contain compounds such as coconut, almond, jojoba, and vitamin E oils. 
There are several products available over the counter for purchase for your at home use that do not contain mineral oil. 
Foot Miracle Cream - Available at our own office and what we use on our patients
Cocoa Butter
Vitamin E cream
Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer

Ask the doctor about how to solve your dry skin problem today!



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