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Petrolleum Jelly and Acne

October 28, 2013 by Works with Water
Petrolleum Jelly and Acne


Watch out…That jar of trusty petroleum jelly may not be a “cure-all”! Plus is it as harmless as you think?

Petroleum jelly is a derivative of oil refining – so not at all eco-friendly. It’s commonly used topically to cure everything from dehydrated, flaky skin to diaper rash.

On your skin: Petroleum jelly can create the illusion of moisturized, hydrated skin, all the while suffocating your pores. It’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, meaning it merely seals the barrier so that moisture does not leave the skin. So while you might feel the instant gratification of a softened surface, you’re actually drying out your pores by keeping out air and moisture. What’s more, the thick texture makes it difficult to cleanse from the skin, so never slather Vaseline on an unwashed face if you want to avoid breakouts.

People suffering from skin conditions like acne and rosacea should stay away from petroleum jelly altogether, since such thick emollients can aggravate those conditions. Those who rub Vaseline on dry, cracked noses to get through a cold might want to think twice, too: If petroleum jelly gets into the lungs, it can cause lipid pneumonia. It won’t happen if you apply it once in a while, but New York-based dermatologist Dr. Alan Dattner, founder of recommends not making a daily habit of it.

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