Can Petroleum Jelly Cause Cancer?

Petroleum jelly has been used for more than 140 years. Could it cause cancer?

Petroleum jelly has been used for more than 140 years. Could it cause cancer?

Lubricants are a critical component of any beginner's penis enlargement routine. Although seasoned PE'ers may be able to get by without the use of lube, you definitely want to use it in the early stages of exercising, to not only make the learning process easier, but also avoid some of the unpleasant side effects – like skin darkening. One popular lubricant is petroleum jelly, also known by the brand name Vaseline. However, there have been recent concerns about petroleum jelly and its links to cancer. Is our old friend, Vaseline, truly carcinogenic?

Although women are the primary target of breast cancer, men can get breast cancer too.

Although women are the primary target of breast cancer, men can get breast cancer too.

Petroleum Jelly and the Cancer Conundrum

Petroleum jelly (sometimes referred to as “petrolatum”) was discovered in the 1860s, by a New York. In 1870, the American public was introduced to its moisturizing wonders as Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Petroleum jelly is a mixture of mineral oils, paraffin, and microcrystalline waxes. It's melting point of just above normal human body temperature (98.6 degrees) allows it to “melt” into the skin's lipid barrier, forming an occlusive barrier and preventing moisture loss from evaporation.

Petroleum jelly is a by-product from oil production. It is formed as a dewaxing paraffinic residual oil, containing both crystalline and liquid hydrocarbons. It is then refined to become the petroleum jelly used for generations. However, it is this association with the petroleum industry that makes it possibly carcinogenic.

When not properly refined, the petroleum jelly can contain compounds that have been linked to mammary tumors (breast cancer) in animals. Although women are the primary target of breast cancer, men can get breast cancer too. The carcinogenic impurities sometimes found in poorly refined petroleum jelly are primarily:

  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Ethylene oxide, and
  • 1,3-butadiene.

However, when properly refined, these impurities are removed, leaving the petroleum jelly harmless. As an example, Vaseline uses a triple-purification process to ensure the purity and safety of their petroleum jelly products. If using petroleum jelly for your lubricant choice, for penis exercising, be sure to use a good quality jelly, endorsed through the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), to ensure there are no impurities.

Other Petroleum Jelly Products

In addition to Vaseline, there are several other products (some reporting as many as 1 in 14 beauty/hygiene products) with petroleum jelly in their ingredients, which may contain these carcinogenic impurities, if not properly refined. These include:

  • Baby oil,
  • Waterproof sunblock, and
  • Some soaps

Read the labels of the products you use and, again, ensure any petroleum jelly in the product is USP certified.

There are several lubricant options, for penis exercisers who want to avoid petroleum jelly.

There are several lubricant options, for penis exercisers who want to avoid petroleum jelly.

Lubricant Alternatives for Petroleum Jelly

If you'd like to simply avoid petroleum jelly completely, there are several lube choices out there. Whichever lubricant you choose, select one that does not have to be continually reapplied. Every person's skin is different. Some men are more sensitive to scents or additives added to different lubes. You may have to experiment with a few types before you find one that not only gives you good lubrication, but also doesn't irritate your skin. Below is a list of popular lubricants that have worked for many penis exercisers.

  • Canola oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • KY jelly
  • Astroglide
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Essential Vein Oil
  • Penis exercising oils

Bad Lubricants

Although there are a variety of lubricants to choose from, there are three you should definitely avoid.

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Lotion

Water is a poor lubricant simply because it evaporates quickly. Lotions and soaps may last longer than water; however, they often contain ingredients to harsh for prolonged exposure to the sensitive skin of the penis. Using lotions and soaps can lead to irritation and itching, so should be avoided.

About Dr. Richard Howard

Dr. Richard R. Howard II's areas of expertise are as a: health and fitness advisor, researcher, and financier (stock market and real estate). His degrees are a B.B.A. from Loyola University, New Orleans; and his M.P.H ., M.S., and Dr. P.H. from Tulane University 1988. He has served as a researcher in Organic Chemistry at Loyola University in 1973, an educator at Dominican College, New Orleans in 1977, a researcher in Biochemistry at Tulane University School of Medicine from 1978-88, and as a health and fitness advisor at the Howard Medical Clinic from 1982-1990. Dr. Ric is the author of "Vitamin C and Ophthalmic Wound Healing," published in 1988, and other peer review research papers. He was the Veterans Administration grantee in 1984. He was a member of Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society, and his biography is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, from 1992 to present, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, from 1992 to present, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, from 1994 to present . Dr. Ric is a student of health and wholeness, as well as the stock market and economic trends- both are great passions. He has spent a number of years professionally counseling in the areas of: health, fitness, nutrition and supplementation, as well as the stock market paradigms of success. He has a desire to help and encourage others to achieve their dreams in all dimensions of wholeness, health, finances, and, if they are so inclined, spirituality. Dr. Ric firmly believes we are only limited by our imagination. Nothing ventured nothing gained. All things are possible through faith. He is currently located in New Orleans, and his interests include health fitness, body building, swimming, running, golf, piano, sexual mastery, and spirituality. He is currently a health professional, PE coach, and stock market investor.

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