You’ll have seen in the news this week that pores and skin lotions containing paraffin might have induced a whole lot of fireplace deaths within the UK lately.

These paraffin-based lotions, used to deal with situations corresponding to eczema and psoriasis, have been linked to 37 deaths in England in 2010, and eight extra since November 2016, however fireplace providers at the moment are warning that the figures could possibly be even increased.

In response to this challenge, we’ve answered a few of your questions on paraffin and petrolatum.

What are paraffin and petrolatum and why are they utilized in skincare?

Paraffin and petrolatum are petrochemicals (they’re derived from petroleum) which are used as emollients. Emollients are moisturising brokers.

They’re generally used as a result of they’re low cost and have an occlusive impact. Because of this they sit on the floor of the pores and skin appearing as a barrier to stop water loss.

There may be growing proof that this remedy route for eczema and different very dry pores and skin situations can result in painful pores and skin reactions within the brief time period – notably for kids – and heightened sensitivity (and extended eczema) in the long run because it disrupts the skin‘s pure perform.

What are the issues about these petrochemicals?

They’re extremely flammable so will be harmful in the event that they leach onto bedding and clothes, particularly as they don’t wash out, as a substitute increase over time. As a result of they’re utilized in moisturising lotions for situations like eczema, they can be utilized every day on giant physique areas, working the danger of speedy unfold of fireplace if they arrive into contact with a flame.

How do I establish them on ingredient lists?

Search for the next phrases on elements lists –

  1. Mineral Oil
  2. Paraffinum Liquidum
  3. Petrolatum
  4. Paraffin oil

What’s a pure different to paraffin?

At Pai all of our merchandise are utterly free from petrochemicals, together with – crucially – our Petit Pai vary for infants and kids. As an alternative, we use a mix of vegetable triglycerides (not derived from palm) as an efficient different.