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It is difficult to find a product that is used in so many homes for so many different things. Skin moisturizer, first aide, treatment for eczema, lubricant for many, many things, art work, skin protection in cold weather while hiking and the list goes on. I even use this on the wire holding my hummingbird feeders as it keep the ants out of the feeders.
In an emergency I have used it to remove rings that were stuck on my finger, stop squeaks in my car door, mixed with bacon bits it makes a great bait for mouse traps, removing chewing gum from hair (don’t ask how that happened), and lightly applied with a Q-Tip to the outer portion of the ear canal to halt itching and flaking.
I cannot imagine running a household without this stuff.
the price here is good if you get free shipping, although I must admit that you can buy it on sale and stash it away because it lasts for almost forever.
I noted in a recent article that there was some concern in some of the European countries that this stuff might be toxic. Who knows? As far as I know people have been using it for years and I have yet to read an obit that said cause of death was via Vaseline. I suppose everything you touch, smell, eat, drink or in some cases, even look at, is toxic to some extent or in some way.
I like the stuff and will just take my chances…its not like I am slathering it on my Big Macs or anything like that.
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After 30+ years of using Vaseline only to remove make up, I discovered it’s good for many other things. It’s a moisturizer (for any part of the body from your feet to your lips and more). As per my dermatologist and other doctors it can be used on cuts, scraps, and burns, even after getting a tattoo or after laser tattoo removal (and other laser procedures) in place of expensive anti-bacterial ointments (like Bacitracin or Neosporin). As long as you keep the wound clean and covered, and it’s not already infected, you don’t need anti-bacterial ointment after the first application of anti-bacterial ointment or alcohol (or what ever you first used to disinfect the wound). It also relieves symptoms of psoriasis/dermatitis. If it’s severe you can gob it on, cover the area with a bandage or cloth, and the next day it will feel so much better and will show signs of healing. Regular use keeps psoriasis/dermatitis symptoms (dry, cracked, red, raw skin) in check much better than the expensive prescription creams. It’s also great for rough, dry, cracked heals; I gob it on and then put on cotton socks before bedtime. One or two nights of that and my heals feel and look so much better. As far as using it as a moisturizer on other parts of the body; at first I was hesitant, because it seemed so greasy. But I found that if you put on a thin layer and give it a few minutes to dry, it’s not greasy at all. If you need more, add more, a little at a time. For those who feel it’s too thick, try Aquaphor* (great price at Amazon too). Works just as well and does all the same things but it’s mixed with lanolin and other ingredients that make it a little thinner and smoother. But they both do the same job as far as I can see so far, and Vaseline is half the price. I keep them both on hand. I believe every household should keep a jar of Vaseline on hand for any number of uses.
Some people prefer to buy cheaper petroleum jelly, a generic brand. I use to do that until I read articles that talked about the impurities you can be getting in no-name brands. I prefer to pay a little extra and buy a brand I’ve known and trusted since I was a child – Vaseline. I get it here at Amazon using Subscribe & Save, which is cheaper than my local CVS, drug store or supermarket.
IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WITH SENSITIVE SKIN:> Aquaphor is made with Lanolin, which is derived from wool producing animals. Some people with sensitive skin can actually be allergic too Lanolin. And, an allergy to Lanolin can be developed over time if you have sensitive skin and use Lanoline products very often or use them and do not allow your skin to breathe (covered with bandages or tight clothes).> Neosporin Ointment is made of three active ingredients. Some people with sensitive skin can be allergic to or develop an allergy to some of the ingredients in Neosporin. This can happen immediately or over time if you have sensitive skin and use Neosporin repeatedly (every day for more than a 7-14 days can be enough to trigger or cause an allergy). Regular use of Neosporin over your lifetime can also eventually lead to an allergy to it. It is not known for sure what causes the skin sensitivity when using Neosporin, but many doctors and medical researchers believe it is the analgesic pramoxine (a pain killer).
If you know you have sensitive skin, or allergies to Lanolin or wool products, you may want to avoid using Aquaphor or consult a medical professional for their opinion.
If you know you have sensitive skin or need to use an antibacterial ointment for more than a few days, you probably should not use Neosporin, but instead use plain Bacitracin. And again, if there is no infection and the wound is kept clean, I have been told by numerous doctors that you do not need an antibacterial ointment. Keeping the skin clean and using plain Vaseline is just as good.
Allergic reactions to Lanolin or Neosporin can appear as symptoms on the skin such as rash, hives, itching, pain, burning, cracking, redness, peeling or other skin irritations. Or allergic reactions can appear as difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you experience any of these while using Aquaphor or Neosporin stop using it immediately and seek medical help.
I also have to remind anyone reading this that although the information I stated regarding allergies and sensitivities was given to me by dermatologists, GPs, and surgeons, I am not a medical professional and I cannot give you medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the products mentioned above, or if you develop what you think might be an allergic reaction or infection, please see your medical professional immediately.