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7 Surprising Uses for Mineral Oil

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Emma Singer) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 7: Mineral oil is an emollient and when applied topically, it creates a barrier on the skin that locks in moisture and protects the stratum corneum (i.e., the skin’s outermost layer). As such, it can be used along the same lines as petroleum jelly to promote healing of minor burns and minimizes scarring by keeping the affected skin soft and moist—and the same goes for other minor skin irritations and rashes that are exacerbated by dryness. In fact, according to the National Eczema Association, when applied as a topical ointment, mineral oil is one of the most effective moisturizers for controlling flare-ups of this common skin condition. How to soothe minor burns and skin irritations with mineral oil Step 1: Cleanse the affected area with warm water and mild soap.Step 2: Saturate a cotton ball with mineral oil and apply to the affected area.Step 3: Repeat as needed.

1. Soothes minor burns and skin irritation

Mineral oil is an emollient and when applied topically, it creates a barrier on the skin that locks in moisture and protects the stratum corneum (i.e., the skin’s outermost layer). As such, it can be used along the same lines as petroleum jelly to promote healing of minor burns and minimizes scarring by keeping the affected skin soft and moist—and the same goes for other minor skin irritations and rashes that are exacerbated by dryness. In fact, according to the National Eczema Association, when applied as a topical ointment, mineral oil is one of the most effective moisturizers for controlling flare-ups of this common skin condition.

How to soothe minor burns and skin irritations with mineral oil

Step 1: Cleanse the affected area with warm water and mild soap.
Step 2: Saturate a cotton ball with mineral oil and apply to the affected area.
Step 3: Repeat as needed.

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