Is petroleum jelly suitable for cuts and wounds?

Petroleum jelly aka Vaseline is a versatile product that has innumerable health, beauty and skin care uses. For minor cuts and burns, application of vaseline is recommended to protect the skin and lock in the moisture. Even the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends the use of petroleum jelly for wound care!

According to AAD, application of petroleum jelly after washing the area with soap & water, prevents the wound from drying out and forming a scab and  also helps prevent a scar from getting too large, deep or itchy.

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But does application of petroleum jelly to a cut really help?

According to new study, applying petroleum jelly to a cut could actually prove to be harmful.

Researchers claim that using petroleum jelly damages the 'natural plaster', or protective film, your body creates over a wound. This slows the healing process, and it may even open the wound up to infection.

'If you get a cut, it is best to let it clot for half an hour', say the researchers.

'After that, it might not be so bad to add petroleum jelly, but before then, from our findings, it appears to damage this film', the researchers add.

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More info on this natural plaster created to protect wounds from infection.

Scientists have found that a protein film forms rapidly over a wound as part of the natural clotting process, and it provides protection for at least 12 hours.

They believe this bio-film gives the immune system time to marshal its defences to deal with any infection.

The researchers also observed that oil-based substances disrupted the process and warn that treating breaks in the skin with petroleum jelly, a technique used in some contact sports and following minor surgery, may increase the risk of infection.

The study, involving an international collaboration of scientists led by the University of Leeds and part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, changes scientific understanding of the mechanism of blood clotting.


While petroleum jelly may well be your HG beauty and skin care product, that can be used to moisturize dry skin, for chapped lips, lengthening eyelashes or to get thick eyebrows, it may not be a good idea to use it on cuts, burns or wounds, as previously thought.

By the way, did you know that you could also use petroleum jelly aka Vaseline for nostril protection when you are in dusty and smoky environments also? Read more uses of petroleum jelly in this book.

The Miracle of Petroleum Jelly: How Petroleum Jelly Can Enhance Your Health, Home Life, and Beauty (DIY Skincare, Beauty and Household Tips)

So how often do you use petroleum jelly? What other uncommon uses of Vaseline have you come across? Did you ever apply petroleum jelly when you had a wound or burn and what was your experience with it? Do share in the comments.

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