This video is focused on providing information and dispelling myths about using Vaseline on the face. The speaker acknowledges that there are various misconceptions about Vaseline that can be encountered online, so the aim is to clarify its benefits and proper usage.
The speaker introduces Vaseline as one of her favorite skincare products and compares it to similar products like Aquaphor and CeraVe healing ointment.
The origin of Vaseline is traced back to the 1859 discovery by chemist Robert Chesebrough, who refined petroleum to create the product. It became popular quickly and was even requested by soldiers in World War I.
A significant misconception addressed is the belief that petroleum jelly is carcinogenic due to its petroleum derivation. The speaker explains that while petroleum contains carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the amount present in cosmetic-grade Vaseline is minimal after extensive refinement, making it safe for topical use.
The benefits of Vaseline are highlighted, including its stability due to lack of water (anhydrous), making it less susceptible to oxidation and microbial contamination. It’s a commonly used ingredient in medical ointments, and its occlusive nature helps with barrier recovery, skin protection, and reducing water loss.
The speaker emphasizes that using Vaseline can facilitate natural skin exfoliation by aiding in the removal of dry, flaky skin cells. It’s particularly valuable for those with skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, as it supports barrier health and reduces irritation.
Another advantage of Vaseline is its minimal likelihood of causing stinging or allergic contact dermatitis. Its lack of water eliminates the need for preservatives, which can contribute to burning sensations in some products.
The video highlights the use of Vaseline in enhancing the penetration of certain medications. Its occlusive properties help deliver medications effectively, making it useful for skin conditions like psoriasis.
Vaseline’s wound-healing properties are emphasized. It helps maintain a clean, hydrated wound bed and is often used in superficial thermal burns to protect the skin.
The practice of “slugging,” which involves applying Vaseline to the skin before bed, is discussed. It’s not universally suitable and depends on factors like skin type and specific skin conditions. The video addresses concerns about milia (tiny cysts) and comedones (clogged pores), explaining that Vaseline doesn’t cause these issues.
Lastly, a caution is given regarding premature babies, as some research suggests that Vaseline could increase the risk of bacterial and yeast infections in this population. However, in adults, Vaseline is considered safe and beneficial for various skincare purposes.
Overall, the video aims to provide accurate information about the benefits and safe use of Vaseline on the face, addressing common misconceptions and discussing its applicability in skincare routines and medical settings.