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Vaseline is the panacea we all hoped for, the Moist Messiah! Vaseline is a useless remedy that does more harm than good and dries up our lips – and it causes cancer!
Wait … what's that?
Both statements are widely used online. And it can be incredibly difficult to break these ChapStick nuggets of truth into reliable shopping decisions.
Here's the catch: When people say "Vaseline", they mean Vaseline (also called petrolatum), a mixture of mineral oils and waxes that have been on the market for more than 150 years. It's almost like "Kleenex" versus "handkerchief," except that Vaseline is 100 percent Vaseline.
While people have long used petroleum jelly to heal minor cuts, scratches, and burns, as well as to moisturize dry skin of your lip, skin is a different story from the rest of your body. Your lips are thinner than many other parts of your face, making them more vulnerable to the environment. And this slight blush? This is probably due to the fact that the hair-producing skin tissue (outside) and the mucous membrane (inside) run from inside to outside.
We all know this thick jelly (probably because it's quite affordable and widely used)) – but how come all these loud claims on the internet? Let's take a look.
Short answer: No. If you're talking about oil, not brand, then it's the sourcing of ingredients and, to be honest, your goals. When you talk about petrolatum, it is important how you use it.
Vaseline is a kind of moisturizer, which is called occlusive. Occlusives keep in moisture. They differ from humectants that suck moisture from the air.
Applying petroleum jelly to your lips will cause Vaseline to act as a protective barrier and prevent moisture from leaking. It will not add moisture. If you lick your lips before applying Vaseline and nothing else, chapped lips can get worse as the lips do not hold the water very well. Theoretically, this could be avoided by applying a moisturizer before Vaseline to pack a really moisturizing punch.
Allergy research also suggests that petrolatum can improve the skin barrier in people with eczema. A strong skin barrier means less dry, irritated skin.
In short, you can use Vaseline safely as part of your skin care routine, as many people have long been doing. Remember: Refined white vaseline is exactly what you are looking for. It is generally safe for the gentle use from the outside. Just do not breathe it, do not eat it, and do not apply it to sensitive areas (it's not a lubricant).
What you do not want is refined Vaseline.
Vaseline is refined, which means that after collection, petrolatum goes through a process to filter out the harmful, carcinogenic elements that people worry about.
However, this raises another question: Is Vaseline environmentally friendly? Not really. It's made from oil, a fossil fuel extracted from oil wells – unlikely to be sustainable in the long run. Yes, Vaseline is a byproduct of these holes and not the reason why oil companies spend billions. However, it's not like Vaseline grows on trees.
The good news is that Vaseline is not the only thing in the world that keeps your lips soft. There are greener barter deals that many swear by:
First things first: do not lick or pick. Calm your lips with balm to avoid further irritation. If your chapped lips are weathered (for example, in extreme cold, high wind, or extremely dry air), try tricks such as:
For immediate relief, try to exfoliate the lips. Peeling may be counterproductive, but as long as your lips do not hurt too much and have no open cuts, removing dry, flaky skin restores their softness and suppleness.
All you have to do is combine an abrasive substance like sugar with a plasticizer like shea butter and massage the mixture over your lips. You can also use Vaseline. Do not rub Vaseline with an abrasive substance, but with a towel or a toothbrush over your lips.
After exfoliation, apply your favorite moisturizing lip balm. Balm with the over-moisturizing ingredients ceramide and hyaluronic acid are the best choice. Add Vaseline (or your favorite alternative) to trap this moisture.
Just do not exaggerate the exfoliation. Follow this method a few times a week to prevent further damage to your lips.
Not all lip products are suitable for chapped lips, regardless of the type of marketing. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should avoid the following:
- chemical peels such as salicylic acid
- minty ingredients such as menthol and peppermint
- any fragrances  Octinoxate
- propyl gallate
You know your body best. If you find that something on this list does not irritate or irritate you, adjust your usage accordingly. A good rule of thumb: If the product burns or burns, it will not work – it actually hurts!
Sounds extreme, but do I have to see a doctor for chapped lips?
If they do not improve themselves after a few days, maybe. Cracked lips may be a sign of underlying disease, such as: A cheilitis. In addition, certain medications and supplements such as lithium and vitamin A can also cause chapped lips. If you take medication, this may be another culprit.