Many people use Vaseline for dry skin, diaper rash, congestion and chapped lips not knowing the harm it may cause.
What is Actually Petroleum Jelly?
Petroleum Jelly is a byproduct of oil refining process, it is not eco-friendly and it is an unsustainable resource. Its brand name in Vaseline. It was discovered by coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s.
In What Way Does Vaseline Work?
It creates a barrier on your skin so that it can hold in moisture, blocking the pores of the skin and it can lock bacteria and residue. It may even prevent healing if you use it on sunburn since it blocks the heat in. Vaseline is used in baby products and lotions but it can be harmful since:
- It contains dangerous hydrocarbons
Vaseline stays on your skin till it wears off .Our skin cannot metabolize it hence, we have no benefit in using it. According to a study from 2011, Vaseline has the biggest contaminants of the human body.
- It stimulates collagen breakdown
The skin needs to pull the nutrients and moisture from within causing collagen breakdown since the skin is not able to breathe and to absorb nutrients due to the barrier caused by Vaseline.
- It can cause estrogen dominance
Petroleum jelly contains a chemical xenoestrogens which causes estrogen issues such as: autoimmune problems, allergies, menstrual problems and infertility.
- It can lead to pneumonia
When small amounts of Vaseline are inhaled and accumulated in the lungs the body is not able to break down this substance which causes inflammation in the lungs. This is called lipid pneumonia.
Some Natural Alternatives
- Shea Butter – is excellent for nourishing the skin, increasing collagen production and reducing inflammation. It contains vitamins A, E and F and beneficial acids.
- Beeswax – it protect the skin. Add it to homemade lip balm and creams.
- Coconut oil – has anti-inflammatory properties and nourishes the skin. It contains lauric acid and fatty acids.
- Cocoa butter – reduces signs of aging. It contains beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.