MY STORY: This product is a mineral oil, a natural by-product of petroleum. You may have heard claims that mineral oil can lead to acne is toxic & unsafe.
So why do I use it as a cleanser & why do doctors prescribe it as a moisturiser for people with dry skin problems? Basically the mineral oil in cosmetic products is of pharmaceutical grade which is purified & doesn’t contain the toxins of concern.
Mineral oil doesn’t become solid & can’t block pores to cause acne but can make skin greasy.
I began using this as a cleanser 8 years ago as a medical student when I suffered from facial acne & eczema. Dermatologists teaching me at the time recommended that eczema patients use emollient (moisturiser) as soap to avoid drying out their skin.
I switched to e45 expecting my acne to go mad. Instead my eczema improved & my skin became smooth. My skin became less oily/acne prone as a result of not stripping it with stronger cleansers.
I don’t advocate using mineral oil liberally & wouldn’t leave it on my face BUT as a cleanser that’s on your face for 2 minutes a day it’s unlikely to do any harm.
I feel e45 works as well as many oil based cleansers on the market at removing makeup & cleansing skin. Many of which contain plant based oils instead of mineral oils and are actually less regulated & potentially more irritating. I certainly break out if I use plant based oils on my face. Given that all cleansers quickly end up in the drain I don’t think you need to spend lots of money if a cheap one works for you.
If using e45, be aware of greasiness if not rinsed properly & be aware of the controversy, but also know there’s no real evidence to back claims it’s toxic at pharmaceutical/cosmetic grades. As a cleanser that you wash off it’s not going to do any harm.
AIM: treatment for dry skin conditions
White soft paraffin
Light liquid paraffin
DIRECTIONS: To cleanse: massage on to wet skin & work in with a face brush. Rinse thoroughly.
PROS: cheap, removes make up well. Works well with a face brush.
CONS: greasiness/irritation if not washed off.