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Are Mineral Oil, Methyl Paraben & Propyl Paraben Harmful Chemicals if incorporated in Skincare Products?

Science and art of formulation


No quality control check is 100% accurate. Man also cannot outdo God as if they know what's best for the end ingredient. Certain elements they knowingly removed could be just what God has it in there for a purpose only He knows best!


As mentioned earlier, everything in the Universe is chemical. So, in a skincare formulation where, say, 10 to 50 ingredients are blended to form an end-product, there would always be some chemical reactions among some ingredients to produce new chemical compounds. Dr. Pierre's efficacious products for treatment of respective skin flaws do not depend on one or two single and isolated ingredients, but on skilful blending of many others to render that excellent synergistic properties and power in yielding Fast Efficacious Results!


So, formulation of an end-product depends not on science alone, but also art; and the willingness to invest time in rigorous research on the synergistic action of what ingredients to blend to render the best post-application result on the skin. Reading up and parroting on what some researchers have done on chemical/therapeutic properties of single ingredients won't help. Many 'top' and expensive branded products almost always enjoy telling beautiful but deceptive stories on how their single panacia ingredient could work wonders like magic. After being duped into using, you're certain to see tiny pimples and acne popping out. And if you were to go back to receive their acne treatment, you'll end up witnessing more acne and acne scars!



Science and Art in Formulation
If a formulator depends only on reading, it is no wonder the products they produce are all so conventional that makes no difference from brand 'A' to brand 'Z' except with different color, fragrance, and branding. Thus, despite all their wild claims and ingenious marketing, consumers' complexion do not improve but become worse after using. That explains why you're getting acne from acne-free, and darkened acne scars instead of lightening.


What about Mineral Oil and Parabens?


Mineral oil  is actually processed oil from the paraffin, a very natural product from the earth. However, on its own, it can be harmful to the skin. When skillfully blended with other ingredients, it produces efficacious results like what Dr. Pierre's Acne Treatment & Acne Scars products and Blackheads Remover render.


Mineral Oil is wrongfully condemned by people or companies who have their own secret agenda to offer their own alternative ingredients, by claiming that since it is used for removing paint and rust, it must be harmful to the skin. If this line of argument is acceptable, then since water is used for washing the toilet bowl and the drain, it must be harmful to the skin too!


Parabens too have been condemned by people with their own selfish secret agendas. These are unscrupulous raw materials suppliers offering to sell their own alternative preservatives to parabens.


By the way, under pressure by the widespread negative propaganda of parabens, many big brands have begun switching blindly to either one of these new preservatives known as 'Phenonip' and 'Fenilight' which have been touted as safer preservatives.


So, they can now follow the tide, and start claiming proudly that their products are 'paraben-free!', but they would not specify what preservatives the parabens are replaced with. You will never know because new preservatives are easier to mask under neutral and nice sounding names.

Consumers are unaware that 'Phenonip' and 'Fenilight' actually contain parabens too!


Phenonip is a liquid common oil-soluble, broad-spectrum, paraben-based preservative with an INCI name: Phenoxyethanol


Fenilight is also a liquid, with an INCI name: Phenethyl Alcohol(also known as phenylethanol, a popular synthetic aroma of rose)  (and) Methylparaben (and) Propylparaben (and) Glycerin.

As more bad press are given to parabens, unscrupulous manufacturers begin to replace these preservatives with other preservatives which are not safer. For example, many popular “paraben alternatives” (such as methylisothiazolinone) are known as formaldehyde releasers; some others work as “free radical magnets” increasing cellular damage to the skin; others are plain skin irritatants!

Thus Phenonip and Fenilight are good examples of the paraben mimicry. Other so-called alternatives to parabens are infact nothing more than a mixture of parabens and less or even more toxic chemicals.

At Dr Pierre, we assure you that we trust our own rigorous research and evaluation on the final product efficacies and not rely on hearsay. 

So, do the big brands truly believe that parabens are bad too? If so, why are they still using parabens which are now concealed inside Phenonip, Fenilight and many other beautifully concocted trade names?


As far as Dr Pierre is concerned, he trusts his own rigorous tried-and-tested observations from his years of R+D of his International Award-winning products that have been helping thousands reaping Fast Efficacious results from their complexion flaws without even one single complaint of complications. Thus, he confirms that at least Methyl- and Propyl- parabens are safe. And should he decide to switch also to Phenonip or Finilight one day, it's not because he starts to realize that parabens are unsafe, but because he just wants to allay the unfounded fear of the end-users :)


Parabens have also been in use for about 7 decades in Food, Medicine, Cosmetics etc., and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, Health Canada, the FDA, and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), have all also deemed that they are safe. 


Moreover, Dr Pierre's products, including the Acne Treatment & Acne Scars and Blackheads Remover, have been using such ingredients for more than 30 years and we still have >95% of satisfied customers!


How many manufacturers claiming to use "100% natural ingredients" have stood the test of real consumers for more than 30 years without any negative complaints?


By that, we mean consumers who bought the products and testified genuinely, and not only a handful of paid human testers to sample their products and giving them positive answers.


Biased report of paid testers


Paid testers who gave negative answers will not be assigned future tester jobs. Moreover, it is unlikely that these human samples would risk their skin for that US$100 or so to try on an unknown product. Most would just put them aside for a few weeks, and then submit their report rather than risking having skin sensitizing and/or acne breakouts. There's no way for the test clinic in knowing if their human testers have really tested the products. It also won't help the test clinics' business if they were to go after the human testers who cheated by submitting favorable feedback without using the test products.


Test clinics also want more future businesses, and they will not fail to certify that the product is good - often with at least 70% positive results reported.


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