is Petroleum Jelly bad for your skin?

Updated: Apr 20

Vaseline is a brand of Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline advise that their Petroleum Jelly is highly refined to remove any harmful substances, however this is not the same with all brands and manufactures.

U.S. manufactures are not legally required to remove PAHs from the Petroleum Jelly, whereas the EU requires a full history of the refining process with proof that it is not a carcinogen.

PAHs are carcinogenic to humans, meaning they can cause cancer

Petroleum Jelly is derived from petroleum. It was originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s

People use petroleum for skin condition such as dry lips, dry skin, nappy rash, eczema, psoriasis, cuts, grazes and more

Petroleum Jelly:

  • Does NOT add any moisture to your skin

  • Acts as a waterproof layer on your skin

  • Stops moisture from escaping or entering your skin

  • Stops your skin from breathing

  • May trap bacteria or dirt into your skin

  • Is an unsustainable, non-Eco friendly, highly refined product

Whether you are buying skincare or making your own, my recommendation would be to use all natural products that have a benefit to your skin

If you are interested in buying our Calendula balm and lip balm you can find it here

Our products:

  • Contain 100% natural ingredients

  • We use certified organic ingredients only

  • They are highly moisturising

  • They can help to heal the skin

  • They have natural anti inflammatory properties

  • All ingredients are sustainable and Eco friendly

  • Every single ingredient has a benefit to your skin

If you are looking for a cheap alternative to use on all body areas then buying unrefined shea butter is a great option and we use it in many of our products

If you are looking to make your own skincare check out our simple DIY skincare blogs

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