Monday, 16 December 2013

Moisturisers Make Money And Thin Skin

This is not going to be a long post. I just have to say something.

According to Kline (, the world wide emollient market is predicted to reach 120,000 tonnes in 2014. The natural personal care market is already $29+ Billion. Due to high manufacturing costs and limitations of natural preservatives, natural-inspired products are preferred by many manufacturers and they dominate the market. What the?

In the early days of moisturiser marketing, manufacturers needed to create demand so they "taught" the public that petroleum jelly is bad for your skin because it is a by product of oil refining. They said something like "You wouldn't drink petrol so why would you put it on your skin".Then the big business of "natural" moisturisers began.

Generally a moisturiser is some kind of cream or lotion. All moisturisers require a detergent to mix the oil and water components together. Sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) and sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) are the detergents found in many personal care products like moisturisers, shampoo and toothpaste.

SLES and SLS are irritants like many other detergents. It has also been shown that SLES also causes eye irritation. Studies have been done that prove SLS thins the skin.

The study was published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

'Our study has found that rubbing aqueous cream containing SLS into the skin thins this protective barrier, making the skin more susceptible to irritation by chemicals.
So to use this cream on eczemous skin, which is already thin and vulnerable to irritation, is likely to make the condition even worse.’

A picture of a flower on the package makes the product natural-inspired and is therefore best for your skin.

In my opinion the whole moisturiser industry is based on a classic confidence trick. They spread the false information and then provide the solution to their lies. It's big business.

I use white petroleum jelly on my skin. Petroleum jelly is mixture of hydrocarbons. That's literally hydrogen and carbon. When we are talking about natural, it makes sense to look at the human body. What are the 3 most abundant elements in the human body?

Element Proportion (by mass)
Oxygen 65%
Carbon 18%
Hydrogen 10%

I may choose to stop using petroleum jelly during a major nitric oxide attack simply because it has heat insulation properties that are not great when my skin is burning.

As for moisturisers that are not a mixture of oil and water, such as coconut oil. I would love to be able to use coconut oil. Maybe one day I will, but at the moment my skin is waaaay to sensitive to tolerate anything but carbon, hydrogen and water. Thanks for reading. I was going to watch a movie tonight but I just had to say something.


  1. Thanks for sharing those figures. Truly staggering. Someone is clearly making a lot of money marketing this stuff to people!

  2. Nice of you to join the red skin bloggers and provide some interesting info here. Petroleum is not toxic! lol...We have enough hysteria over what goes on our skin and this is fact that can calm the petrol conspiracy cops. Hang in there. :)

  3. Love your post. I'm in the process of evaluating moisturizers for facial eczema, and always come back to Vassy(Vaseline) after one fails. Vassy works, it's just so damn oily/sticky!

  4. Hi ozzy, great post. So does the white petroleum work for you?

    How is your skin doing? Would be interested to share tips on what has worked for you! I'm curreny using natural products without sls. Quite glad after reading this. Great post. :)

    1. Hi, Yeah white petroleum jelly works great to lock in the moisture. I put it on while I am still wet from the shower and it glides on easily. It doesn't cure eczema. Today my skin is swollen, red, wet and hot so I put wet clothes on after my shower to cool the burns. I am still addicted to topical steroids and I still use them. We are packing up and driving across the country in 4 weeks. I really really want to go now! I'm still having major withdrawal symptoms but I have to keep using the steroids until I can get out of here.
      I used to experiment with products. I even made my own at one stage. Detergents go deep into skin and allow other foreign stuff in. I prefer to just wack a superficial barrier on top. Grease is good.