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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.

18 Responses to I Use Vaseline for Psoriasis Wherever I Go

  1. ANTONIS says:

    Hi my name is Antonis/CYPRUS. Two years ago I started having symptoms of dry skin over my hands. Having talk that with my sister (suffers from psoriasis arthritics) I have visited a doctor and diagnosed psoriasis. I have tried a few treatments but nothing seems to work for me. Accidentally I used Vaseline to moisturise my hands. It healed hand psoriasis up to 90%. I’ve being using Vaseline since then regularly for the last two years and it really works for me. You should try it.

  2. Splotch says:

    I am a 15 year sufferer. I am a believer in petroleum jelly on top of water. Wash with water, apply PJ, then wipe with a tissue. All else has failed and the topical steroids were a curse!

  3. Julie says:

    I just randomly came upon your cool website about psoriasis! I had a flare-up on my hands recently, from being outside in the bitter cold too long, shoveling my driveway! My hands got so red and sore, and then felt hot, then later on the horrible deep down itching started! UGH!

    I was AMAZED too, when I used the organic apple cider vinegar on my hands, and the itching went away! It relieved that painful itching and my hands felt soooooo good! Vaseline does help too! That psoriasis is nasty!!! I hadn’t had a flare-up in a long time, until we got all this bitter, cold weather!

    Thanks for your fun and interesting website! I look forward to reading more!

  4. Marie says:

    Hi everyone, I have also accidentally discovered that Vaseline is excellent for psoriasis. I have noticed something very strange though. Wherever I use it, the patches that I cover begin to migrate to an area not covered in Vaseline. This happens over the course of a few weeks, but they definitely move. The skin left behind is perfect, no scars, no redness. Weird.

    Anyway, this is a fantastic website, so glad you took the time to create it and I’m going to try Milk Thistle tea next.

  5. Lisa says:

    I Have Psoriasis On My Hands And Feet Mine were so Badly Cracked and Sometimes Bled.. I was At My Wits End Untill I Tried Vaseline.. Every Nite Before Bed I Would Apply It And Then I Would Wrap Effected Area with Saran Wrap Then A Pair of Tight Fitting Socks.. Honestly I Was So Shocked The Next Morning When I Uncovered My Feet.. It Had Cleared Up Almost Over Nite.. Vaseline Is Like A Miracle Helper To Me.. I Was So Amazed How Quickly It Worked.. If You Want To Get Help And Something To Help You See Results.. Try Vaseline It Works!!!!! You Wont Be Diappointed..

  6. Kate says:

    I have long sworn by petroleum jelly as a way to keep patches at least somewhat tamed, but I’ve never been able to feel totally comfortable with the idea of slathering myself with a petrochemical, however benign and beneficial it may be. Olive oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil have worked fairly well, but they all lack the protective staying power of the petroleum jelly. Enter: WAXELENE. It’s an all-natural alternative to petroleum jelly, made with organic soy oil, beeswax, natural vitamin e oil and organic Rosemary oil. I’ve found it to be allllllllmost as protective as the petroleum jelly (thanks to the beeswax), with the added benefit of providing a bit of moisture and the healing and calming benefits of Rosemary essential oil. The stuff is so readily absorbed that I’ve begun using it as my primary post-shower, all-over moisturizer (except for my face). Several weeks in, I’m totally sold on the stuff. Petroleum jelly will always have a place in my arsenal, for urgent care of severe, localized flare-ups; however, for my everyday maintenance routine, Waxelene wins.

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for the recommendation Kate. Will have to give it a try. One good thing with vaseline is that you can get it…. anywhere and everywhere!

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