New here...but this is an interesting thread.
Sadly, just like there will always be 'anecdotal' evidence of the old guy who died at 90 after smoking 40 capstan full strength every day since he was 15..so it will be that many people know of folks who have used Vaseline regularly throughout their lives.
The point that peopl are often overlooking is that there is overwhelming evidence that all petro-chemically derived products are toxic to humans. Such toxicity may emerge in the form of increased sensitivity, or may trigger allergies, or pehaps even the development of one or other form of cancer.
In the UK (an US) currently the cahnces of you being affected by some form of cancer during your life-time is 1 in 3!!! Some places even worse - in Singaporeit is 1 in 2
The worst aspect of continuing to use proven toxic materials regularly on the skin is that it may not be YOU (the user) who suffers...but your children or childrens children...or even later down the generations. Animal studies have shwon that exposure to toxic substances affected offspring FIVE geneartions down the line. We as humans have only seen about two generations (2x25 = 50 years) since the introduction of tens of 1000's of man-made non-natural chemicals into our lives...stuff we come into contact with daily...often believing it is 'good' for us!
We can only gyuess the long term affects..as most of us will be long-gone...but it is our children's, children's, children who are likely to pick up the bill for us having 'wonderful looking skin' until our 70's...
The answer...use safe natural products that have been used for 1000's of years that we know are definitely beneficial.
Don't be fooled by the fact that you have used something for years and aren't ill yet! Get petro-chemicals OUT of your life now...it may not be yourself you are harming. My wife and I have useful info on toxic chemicals if of any interest?
(Oh and by the way...no offence..but to the poster who thinks that anything their doctor recommends must be safe...I'm afraid you are falling for one of the biggest mis-conceptions wround today...there is now tons of evidence. Most hard pressed GP's now rely on the drug companies to keep them briefed about 'new and efficacious' remedies..think forone moment...what are the drug companies in it for?
...That's right MONEY!)