‘Is Mineral Oil in Cosmetics Really Harmful?’

Are you someone who loves to look at the back of the label on all your cosmetics? We don’t blame you — some products have suspicious ingredients that can actually damage your skin (think parabens, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals). Yet not all of those mysterious ingredients are inherently evil. Take mineral oil, for example: This moisturizer has gotten a bad rap in recent years, but it might not be as bad as we think. To get a better understanding of the ins and outs of mineral oil (and other cosmetic ingredients), check out the advice below from our expert, Dr. Heather Moday.

Meet our expert.

Heather Moday, MD, is director of the Moday Center in Philadelphia. She is board-certified in allergy and immunology, as well as integrative and holistic medicine. You can follow her on Instagram (@theimmunitymd), where she shares information on health topics. And

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