Explore Routine Login

Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly Ingredients Explained

4.9   (15 ratings)
79
3
13
19

Updated August 25, 2023 Added by IsabelCadavid_888

Save

Overview

What it is

Other bath & body with 1 ingredient

Cool Features

It is vegan and reef safe

Free From

It doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

Fun facts

Vaseline is from United States. This product is used in 703 routines created by our community.

We independently verify ingredients and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Does this product need an update? Let us know.

Other bath & body with 1 ingredient

Quick info

You should know

Concerns

Ingredients 1

Petrolatum Emollient
May worsen Oily Skin IconNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon
2 Concerns

Petrolatum is more commonly known as petroleum jelly. It is created by mixing waxes and mineral oils.

Disliked Full details ->

Ingredient Ratings

Based on the number of likes and dislikes each ingredient has received.

1
liked
mixed
disliked
not rated

Ingredients Explained

This product contains 1 ingredient. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it
Emollient
Disliked

Petrolatum is more commonly known as petroleum jelly. It is created by mixing waxes and mineral oils.

This ingredient is effective at reducing water loss by 99%. This is because it is an occlusive. Occlusives create a hydrophobic barrier on the skin to prevent evaporation. This property makes it great for hydrating dry skin.

Pro tip: Use occlusives, such as this ingredient, on damp skin for the best results.

The quality or origin of petrolatum is only known when disclosed by the brand. Most cosmetic petrolatum has gone through several purification stages.

Another benefit of occlusives is it protects your skin against infection or allergies.

Petrolatum may not be safe for fungal-acne. Studies show mineral oil / petroleum leads to the growth of M. Furfur, a type of yeast.

Learn more about Petrolatum

Reviews

4.9
from 15 ratings
Great Value (5) Works Well (5) Hydrating (3)
448's avatar

🐈

5 days ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

I love this for slugging. I have combo skin, but this doesn’t clog my pores. My skin feels plump the next morning and I notice my closed comedones...

I love this for slugging. I have combo skin, but this doesn’t clog my pores. My skin feels plump the next morning and I notice my closed comedones getting flatter the more I slug. I also use this for any scratches or open wounds as a barrier to help them heal faster. It’s amazing how such a simple and inexpensive product can do so much!

BrodyTosi's avatar

BrodyTosi

6 months ago Β· Sensitive Skin
Review

Petroleum Jelly is one product I believe is quite underrated in the general skincare community due to hasty generalizations about its safety....

Petroleum Jelly is one product I believe is quite underrated in the general skincare community due to hasty generalizations about its safety. Petroleum jelly is composed of mineral oils and waxes (i.e., paraffin wax) which can be generalized as mostly long-chain hydrocarbons that act as a hydrophobic (water repellent) occlusive to the skin. Occlusive ingredients such as petroleum jelly are very effective for preventing transepidermal water loss because they act as a physical layer to trap water along with natural moisturizing factors inside the skin while also temporarily protecting the skin against environmental aggressors. This mechanism can additionally be attributed to the overall efficacy of topical antibiotics like neomycin or polymyxin B as cut/burn treatments. When it comes to who should or shouldn't be using this product, my philosophy is that occlusive ingredients keep what is inside the skin, inside the skin. For skin types that are inherently at a hormonal imbalance or by other means overproducing sebum, this could indirectly lead to increased incidence of clogged sebaceous glands and subsequently acne. Another consideration is purity of the petroleum jelly used on the skin. I would personally stick to brands like Vaseline that have more stringent quality control measures, only because if petroleum jelly isn't fully refined this runs a minimal risk of carcinogenic contamination (the FDA monitors this as well, and honestly I would call this a minimal consideration with current carcinogenic research). As for who should use this product: dry skin, chapped skin, cracked skin, most skin types during the winter and/or in cold or arid climates. There is a vast amount of indications for using petroleum jelly that can likewise vastly benefit skin health. Aforementioned indications aside, my top two recommendations would be on skin in individuals taking oral isotretinoin (Accutane) and on skin that products running irritation and/or dryness risks are subsequently being applied to, specifically referencing topical retinoids (i.e., tazarotene, adapalene, tretinoin) and benzoyl peroxide. As always, do your own research (PubMed Central is a great start, or even Wikipedia!) and stay moisturized.

Verified by SkinSort

We're dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date and science-backed ingredient info out there.

The data we've presented on this page has been verified by a member of the SkinSort Team.

Read more about us