You may have read these headlines on 20th March, 2017.
“Skin creams containing paraffin are causing people to set themselves on fire, sometimes with lethal consequences, it has been reported.
Paraffin creams are used for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis but can also soak clothes or bedding, which can make the fabric flammable.
Warnings have been made for the past 10 years but an investigation by BBC Radio 5 live found there have been 37 deaths linked to the creams in England since 2010.”
What this article did not say is that NICE updated their clinical guidelines on aqueous skin creams a couple of years ago “Paediatric clinical guidelines from NICE and the National Eczema Society have reported that aqueous cream may be associated with skin reactions, such as burning, stinging, itching and redness, when used as a leave-on emollient but not when used as a wash product. The difference in the irritation potential in some patients may be related to the contact time with the skin, as soap substitutes are largely removed in the washing process.”
You can find links to both these articles here:
Is There A Safe, Effective, Non-Flammable Skin Cream?
Our E-Natural Emollient cream is an all-round skin cream suitable for the most sensitive skin. Useful for dermatitis, eczema, sun-burn, scar tissue, and much more. Also good for post-operative care and being used very successfully by radiotherapy patients at the London Clinic. Paraffin free, mineral oil free, safe and 100% natural.
A natural, multi-functional emollient cream that can be used to help soothe skin irritations, insect bites, dry skin and more. It is suitable for all skin types; including babies and children. Can also be used during pregnancy and on sore nipples whilst breast feeding.
Many rich emollient creams contain liquid paraffin and other mineral oils. We choose to use natural Sunflower oil. For skin care you need a balance of the Omega 9 Oils (Oleic Acid) and Omega 3 & 6 oils (linoleic acid). Using natural, cold-pressed oils containing natural lipids and high levels of key fatty acids helps to maintain healthy skin condition and combat inflammatory skin disorders.
What about Vaseline? That ubiquitous pot of petroleum jelly that most of us keep in our bathroom cabinets? By its very name we know it is Petroleum based, so surely this must be a fire hazard too?
Our Top to Toe Body Butter is a brilliant petroleum and paraffin and mineral oil free version of this – smells lovely too!