I Use Vaseline for Psoriasis Wherever I Go

If you have psoriasis, you’ve probably gone through thousands of moisturisers, tubs of white goo and other sticky substances, trying to find the one product that will keep your psoriasis flakes happy. Well, call off the search, because that product is none other than Vaseline – the simple, cheap, slippery gunk that everyone always walks past because it’s just too plain-looking.

I’ve been using it almost exclusively for nearly 2 years now, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon. Not only is it as cheap as chips, costing around $2 for a 200ml tub where I’m from, but it’s one of the simplest skin products you can use on your psoriasis. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, perfumes or parabens which make psoriasis act up; all it has is good old petroleum jelly. I even have a small 50ml tub of Vaseline mixed with cocoa butter that I keep at work!

I use Vaseline for psoriasis wherever I am, whether hiding in a cupboard or running naked through supermarkets

This bad boy stays with me wherever I go

The only problem, and the reason why it has a bad rap, is that nobody uses it correctly. Vaseline is good at locking in moisture – it doesn’t magically moisturise your skin if there’s nothing already there. Consider it a sealant, like an anti-wetsuit that keeps moisture in instead of out. What it really needs to function well is water.

Using Vaseline for Psoriasis the Right Way

1. Wet your skin with water. This is essential to the process so make sure to do it! I normally slather it on straight after a shower, but if I’m at work and my hands are flaky, I just go wash my hands in the bathroom, without drying them off!

Don't use a massive amount of vaseline for psoriasis

You’re doing it wrong!

2. Before your skin is dry, rub a tiny drop of Vaseline into it. Make sure to rub it in thoroughly so that every little bit is absorbed. If you are doing it individually on large plaques, you might notice that one pea-sized drop is not enough, so add one more. The key really is moderation – we’re not going for the gooey swamp monster look here!

3. Remember, Vaseline is safe (unless you’re allergic to petroleum jelly, which must be close to 1 in a quadzillion). As such, you can use it wherever psoriasis is rearing its ugly head, be it in between your bum or your face. It is endlessly versatile – just don’t use it on scalp psoriasis because it’s not water soluble and you’ll probably have to shave it off!

4. Do it at least twice a day, and increase that number if you can. Once in the morning and once at night is the bare minimum! Just remember, if you think you’ve tried using Vaseline, have you tried it the Right Way?

5. I’ve been on forums and talked to people who say it’s healed their psoriasis by up to 80%! I wouldn’t go that far, but I would say that it has minimised the scaling by a really great deal.

I can’t emphasise the greatness of Vaseline enough – it has replaced all my moisturisers because, really, what can replace Vaseline and H2O for simplicity? Sure, you can get great herbal ointments, with Shea and hemp butter and the like, but using Vaseline for psoriasis is the “classic” way.  Have you tried it? Let me know down below!


9 thoughts on “I Use Vaseline for Psoriasis Wherever I Go

  1. Kylee

    I’m using Vaseline at the moment I have figured out that using it in a bath is the best way to get it into my skin – through trying it on dry and wet skin it’s best on wet! My flakes have reduced so much, it’s just the redness now that I need to get rid of! I’ve been suffering with this problem for 10 months now and have tried so many things, which either sting or cause me to itch really bad, and petroleum jelly is the only thing I can happily use to stop the flakes and the splits and cracking. I feel semi-human again now!

  2. wendy

    So glad to hear others are having success with Vaseline like I am. I have had psoriasis since I was in elementary school- I am now 54. I have only had it on my knees and elbows (with an occasional small spot here and there) until January 2013 when it flared up terribly and covered my arms, legs, trunk, and scalp. It was horrible and I lived in long sleeves and pants the entire summer. I was about to go on Enbrel when I got a lung infection (blessing in disguise). I stopped using all my topical steroids because it was too much to cover and they weren’t working anyway. My itching was so bad I covered all areas (except my scalp) in Vaseline at least twice a day. Not only did my itching go away, I am currently about 98% clear. No lie. I still have lighter pigment where my spots were but they are slowly blending. Not sure why it flared up, it could have been reoccurring lung “issues” that stressed my body – but I’m so thankful I didn’t have to go on Enbrel or any other horrible drug. I used it on dry skin and it worked just fine…. It has worked better than any topical I have ever used, and I think I have used them all!

    1. redblob Post author

      Thank you very much for your comment Wendy. What an inspiring experience. Hope it continues to work well for you.

  3. She'll

    I am a severe sufferer, and yes I was originally pro for Vaseline on those nasty patches for many years. Then I found my Dr., whom I just love, he described me as being the worst case he had seen in his nearly 60 years of practice (yes he’s OLD!) He asked me if I got cold easy or sweat often, and of course I did! He told me to stop using the Vaseline, like any other sealant, because if you cover too much of the body with it, the body can’t breath. Vaseline is ok for small patches or just a little bit, but I was at nearly 90% my eyes, ears, nose, and even my nails. See your Dr. and ask about immuno suppressants, one of them should work if you’re a severe sufferer like me!

    1. redblob Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Vaseline overuse can be an issue, because as you rightly pointed out, it acts as a sealant, and when you take into account widespread coverage, I can see why problems can crop up. Just a question, how much Vaseline did you use? I normally find that people apply way too much. I have a small tub that’s maybe 50ml and it lasts for ages if used sparingly. A little goes a long way in this case. I’m glad to hear that in the end you found some relief!

  4. Marcus


    I am Marcus, a 14 year old boy, I have just recently found these scabs on my right forearm, they are hard to explain. One of them looks like an ordinary scab, just a tad red, one of them looks like a flat ring with a red-surfaced skin colour, and I also have this one where it’s a red circle with a micro-scab (we’re talking 2mm) in the middle of it. I have researched psoriasis and found out that it is the cycle of skin cells regenerating, over a period of 28-30 days, that is sped up to just 4 days, rarely 3. A few days ago I also had this clear, small balloon-shaped spot, it was very small, now it looks like a red spot that is no bigger than what it previously was.

    I have two questions:

    - What type of psoriasis is this? Because me, personally, can not tell what it is.
    - Can I just use the Vaseline on it like I would when I have a dry lip.

    If you could help me out that’d be great because from what I’ve heard, people live with it for almost or even their whole life, it doesn’t sound like fun so if there is anything that you could tell me that’d be great. Oh and if you were wondering my psoriasis is dry but with no flakes. Oh and I forgot to say I use ‘Dermatological E45 Cream’. I have not stressed over much if your going to conclude that. Is it because I’m getting older, or I’m getting it because my dad had it and he is passing it through to me genetically?


    1. redblob Post author

      Hi Marcus,

      Thanks for writing in! I can imagine how worrying it might be for you – I developed psoriasis when I was 15 and spent years hiding it like I was a cave troll, unfit for human eyes. First of all, though, I would recommend that you go see a skin specialist, and take what I write here with a large grain of salt, as who knows, you may not even have psoriasis!

      From the sound of it, the area you’re describing as red but non-flaky could be guttate psoriasis, while the patch that’s a circle with a micro scab in the middle may be pustular psoriasis – MAYBE! The first one normally rears its head during the teenage years, which works out in your case, but it’s best to check with a dermatologist to confirm. Have you had any infections / colds / sore throats recently?

      In terms of Vaseline and E45, they’re both very safe for long term use and could bring you relief. If you go to a GP, they’ll most likely prescribe a steroid-based cream, such as hydrocortisone, which may work well for a short while, but their efficacy wears off in the long run. Make sure to read about all the associated side-effects, such as skin thinning!

      If it was genetic or not is hard to answer. Many people carry genes that should predispose them to getting P, but for whatever reason, it misses them. There is normally a trigger – such as an infection, or even puberty – which sparks it off, but it’s not a guaranteed science.

      All the best! My advice would be, if you do confirm its P, be upfront to your friends about it. I found that most people are generally very accepting as soon as you clear up that its non-contagious. Good luck!


  5. Mica

    Thank you so much for this post, I have been using Vaseline for years now but never correctly. However, I do want to tell you that it is completely fine to use it on your scalp, I have been using it since I was seven. The thing is your head looks really greasy so you should only apply it when you are home (like a hair mask) and leave it on for at least 3 hours, then shampoo as you normally would. I hope this helps for the scalp psoriasis sufferers :)


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