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What is Aquaphor?
Aquaphor is a combination of Petrolatum (41%), mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, glycerin, and bisabosol.
Petrolatum serves as an important emollient and protectant of the skin. The addition of the other ingredients serves to support the emollient and skin protectaneffect while also allowing the product to apply easily and adhere to the skin more effectively.
- Helps heal acne wounds
- Dry skin
- After laser treatment
- Baby skin
- Appearance of wrinkles
- Glowing skin
- Chapped lips
- Heal tattoos
- Improve appearance of under eyes
- Highlight eyelashes or eyebrows
- Makeup remover
- Prevents scars
Aquaphor is beneficial to promote healing, protect the skin, and hydrate effectively.
For acne, using Aquaphor on recent scabs can help accelerate healing by avoiding repetitive scab formation.
After laser or radiation treatment, it soothes the skin and provides a barrier to protect the skin as it heals.
Aquaphor can both help heal chapped lips and prevent them if worn at night before bedtime, especially for mouth breathers.
What is the difference between Vaseline and Aquaphor?
Vaseline is 100% pure white petrolatum.
Aquaphor is 41% petrolatum with the additional ingredients listed above. These added ingredients allow Aquaphor to adhere to the skin and further contribute to its hydrating properties.
How long does it take Aquaphor to heal skin?
It truly depends on the nature of the wound but for minor cuts or abrasions a few days is common to see.
Are There Any Side Effects
Given the lanolin alcohol (wool alcohol) there is a chance of allergic contact dermatitis from Aquaphor. There was a study on surgical wounds that compared Aquaphor with white petrolatum jelly and showed that 52% of those with Aquaphor had redness compared to only 12% with white petrolatum jelly.