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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!

So many to choose from!

What’s your flavour of Vaseline? Mine, at the moment, is the one infused with vitamin E. My skin just eats it up! I’ve also tried another mixed with aloe vera that also does a pretty good job at keeping the flakes subdued, but finding it nowadays is pretty hard!

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About the Author

I'm just an average 26 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.

33 Responses to I Use Vaseline for Psoriasis Wherever I Go

  1. CJ says:

    I used Vaseline correctly on my scalp psoriasis and the flakes disappeared by 98% in two days. Its a miracle, the flakes where just not there anymore. I tried rubbing Vaseline on my scalp after my shower when the scalp is a little bit still moist. It simply worked for me after trying all sorts of scalp ointments and creams. I am so happy. And the Vaseline seem to be dissolving the ones at my lower back. I cant believe the treatment is so cheap after spending all the money I did in the past. I am an African man with black skin. Many thanks to the author and I pray my review helps someone else. God bless you guys..

    • redblob says:

      Awesome news CJ! Crazy how much more effective vaseline can be for psoriasis with a bit of water. I used to use it dry and it was essentially a pointless endeavour.

  2. Chetel says:

    I think I must agree. I have tried a tons of different creams, but one of the best was a vaseline with calendula. I am empty, so I actually bought some pure vaseline to try today for the first time since I suspected it was vaseline I needed. So when I searched on the internet for psoriasis and vaseline, I found your blog. I am glad I found it, and will check out the rest of your posts. Thanks!

  3. marcellius says:

    Hi redblob, I want to try the vaseline on my face, so it means I need to make my face a bit wet and then put the vaseline on my face? 🙂 and one more thing, do I need to wash it after using it for 6 hours? please let me know! Thanks

    • redblob says:

      Hi marcellius, sorry for the slow reply. I get round to things eventually. I think trying it on your face is fine and you’re right, always apply vaseline on skin that has been wettened first. Your plan to wash it off after 6 hours is good because vaseline is occlusive. It doesn’t clog up pores in my experience but it can’t hurt to wash your face with a bit of warm water after wearing it for a quarter of the day.

  4. tanya says:

    I just started using vaseline I remembered my mom using it on all kinds of things. So I thought why not try it on my psoriasis and to my delight it is working. I will do the water thing though I am having results. It is a bit tricky but I manage to apply it to my scalp and it helps. I am 60 years old and have been experiencing this for 1 and half year. It has been a nightmare I finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

  5. Cecile Styron says:

    WHICH WORKS BETTER PLAIN Vaseline OR Vaseline WITH Cocoa butter. Does it,get rid of the redness. Mine is so dark red.

  6. Chris says:

    I’ve had psoriasis for over 8 years, 3 months into uv-B therapy and my skin is looking like an old newspaper, spots are gone but you know how it is, it’s still there any second of the day, the itch! Tried Vaseline Spray ( the micro droplets one) and wow when i get those itches i spray it on and instant relieve!. Never had this good of a result before after trying everything i could get my hands on to find some relieve. This stuff is awesome i highly recommend it!

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