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Petroleum Jelly Benefits

posted in Skin & Body
02/26/2014
  • Dry Skin Treatment

    Petroleum jelly is considered an emollient and occlusive ointment that softens and smoothes skin, helps it replace oils and prevents transdermal water loss (TEWL) from the skin, so it’s ideal for dry skin. It is often described as a “skin protectant” in the cosmetics industry and

  • as a sealant, it traps moisture inside the skin.

    Eczema Relief

    Petrolatum can be found in products that are recommended by dermatologists for eczema sufferers. In fact, some people with eczema have found that other products can contribute to the pain of severely dry, itchy skin and

  • petroleum jelly applied on dry patches at night is effective to reduce dryness without adding to discomfort. Petroleum jelly is also fragrance-free and less likely to cause more irritation.

    Dry Knees & Elbows

    Since petroleum jelly is very greasy, after applying Vaseline to the knees and elbows,

  • to protect clothing and bedding, cut toes out of a couple of pairs of tube socks and pull the socks over the knees and elbows. Do this once or twice a week during winter months when the skin tends to get very dry and itchy.

  • Dry Hands & Feet

    At-home paraffin treatment: Use a nickel size dollop of Vaseline and olive oil (or shea butter) and apply to hands and feet. Next wrap cling wrap to treated areas and cover with clean, dry cotton socks to lock in deep moisture.

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