Mineral oils and waxes in cosmetics: an overview mainly based on the current European regulations and the safety profile of these compounds

  title={Mineral oils and waxes in cosmetics: an overview mainly based on the current European regulations and the safety profile of these compounds},
  author={Bertrand Chuberre and Elena R. Araviiskaia and Thomas Bieber and Annick Barbaud},
  journal={Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology},
Mineral oils and waxes are mixtures of predominantly saturated hydrocarbons consisting of straight‐chain, branched and ring structures with carbon chain lengths greater than C14. They have been used for many decades in skin and lip care cosmetic products due to their excellent skin tolerance as well as their high protecting and cleansing performance and broad viscosity options. In contrast to vegetable oils, mineral oils are non‐allergenic since they are highly stable and not susceptible to… 
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