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What Are the Treatments for a Skin Rash From Mineral Oil?

author image Karen Eisenbraun
Karen Eisenbraun has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Knox College and has been writing professionally since 2004. She is the content director for several health-related websites and a certified holistic nutrition consultant.
What Are the Treatments for a Skin Rash From Mineral Oil?
Products containing mineral oil may cause skin rashes.

A by-product of the petroleum distillation process, mineral oil is a common ingredient in lotions, sunscreens and other skin care products. In the United States, mineral oil with added fragrance is sold as baby oil. According to, some people are allergic to mineral oil and may develop a skin rash, itching, burning or swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue.

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Discontinue Use

Once you’ve identified mineral oil as the cause of your rash, discontinue use immediately. Check any skin care products you frequently use for synonyms of mineral oil, such as liquidum paraffinum, paraffin oil, paraffin wax or petrolatum. If you have any mineral oil on your skin, wash using a mild soap free of mineral oil.

Topical Creams

Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion can help relieve redness and itching for mild rashes caused by mineral oil. Apply a thin layer and rub it in gently. Do not cover the area with a bandage unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Avoid contact with the eyes and do not use creams on open cuts. Applying a cold compress may also help soothe the skin.

Oral Medications

In the case of a severe rash, you may wish to take an over-the-counter antihistamine or a prescription corticosteroid for a few days. Always follow your doctor’s instructions and do not take corticosteroids for longer than necessary. Corticosteroids reduce swelling but can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections. Notify your doctor if you experience symptoms such as a sore throat, fever or coughing.

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