Lanolin– the Good, The Bad and The Ugly

lanolin comes from sheepQuestion:  What do you think about lanolin?  Some  experts say  its the closest to natural human skin oil.  But I have also read that it causes skin problems.  Who is right?

Answer:  Actually they are both right.  Lanolin is extracted from the wool sheared off from sheep.  It indeed shares  many characteristics   of human skin oil and is definitely a very  effective emollient for  both skin and hair.  As a byproduct of wool, this oil  is both inexpensive and wonderfully sustainable. Wool ( and lanolin) can be harvested without harming the sheep.  Nice.

The Bad News About Lanolin

But lanolin has a dark side.  There is definately  a group of people who have a true allergy to this popular moisturizing ingredient.  It can cause red … Continue Reading…