Emollients , Anti-Irritants

Vaseline is pure petrolatum, and pure petrolatum is a rich emollient and FDA-approved skin protectant. For some unknown and unsubstantiated reason, petrolatum has attained a negative image in regard to skin, despite solid research to the contrary. Topical application of petrolatum can help skin’s outer layer recover from damage, reduce inflammation, and generally heal skin. [1,2] It’s widely considered safe and highly effective.

References Cited:

  1. Lodén M, Bárány E. Skin-identical lipids versus petrolatum in the treatment of tape-stripped and detergent-perturbed human skin. Acta Derm Venereol. 2000;80(6):412-5.
  2. Ghadially R, Halkier-Sorensen L, Elias P. Effects of petrolatum on stratum corneum structure and function. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1992;26(3 Pt 2):387-96.
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