At home here in Ireland, Vaseline is a ‘cure all’ home remedy that we are programmed to reach for when we have dry or cracked skin. I’m a member of a few Perioral Dermatitis Facebook groups and I am surprised how many girls recommend slathering this on PD breakouts. I know some girls love it, but here is some food for thought.
Have you ever wondered why Vaseline a.k.a. Petroleum jelly is used as a quick fix to stop a bleeding injury during a boxing match? because of its ability to cause a skin barrier. Vaseline causes a film, a waterproof air barrier that seals off the skin, so effective that the barrier stops the bleeding almost immediately. Petroleum jelly does not add any moisture to your skin in fact it seals it off and gives a false sense of hydration. Regular use of it will stop the skin producing its own moisture causing an endless loop of reapplication. Ever wonder why your lips get so dry when you stop using your Vaseline? Vaseline causes the dryness, trust me I tested and observed it on my own lips for 2 wks and my husband can support this theory.
Most advertising will tell you that Vaseline is non-comedogenic, but this is not true. Vaseline doesn’t allow any oxygen into the skin and disrupts the body’s process of eliminating toxins through its pores. This is bad news if you apply this to your PD as this moisture barrier creates a warm and moist place that locks in toxins or worse fungal infections. Another reason I am not a fan is because petroleum jelly is derived from fossil fuels meaning that it is neither eco-friendly nor sustainable. The jelly needs to be highly refined in order to remove all contaminants and some low grade jelly has been found to contain carcinogen’s. When I read that.. game over. If you love the feel of Vaseline on your lips and looking for a cleaner swap 100% organic shea butter can be just as effective, that being said the taste factor may not be for everyone. It contains zinc and magnesium which are great ingredients to use around your PD infected areas. I would love to hear your thoughts on this? Do you use or have you used Vaseline in the past?