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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.

38 Responses to I Use Vaseline for Psoriasis Wherever I Go

  1. roop says:

    hello mate;)
    i have this shit in my eyebrows…
    dont know whats wrong with dat.
    do you still use plain vaseline for face or smth ???
    thanks bro.

    • redblob says:

      Hey mate. Crusty eyebrows ain’t fun! I still use it on my face, just a tiny pea sized amount, mostly around the corners of the eyes and sides of the nose, where I tend to dry up a bit. Good luck!

  2. Vincent says:

    I’ve recently been affect by psoriasis. I’m currenty using vaseline for the affected areas. The flakes are gone… hooray… but now theres another problem. The affected areas are turning dark red.. is it normal? I also discovered that there are red tiny spots developing around it. Am i doing the right way or i done it all wrong. What else should i look out for?
    Can someone advice me what to do?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Chris says:

      Usually a dark red reaction is good, that might sound weird but it’s a sign of repair! Try to avoid things like hot pepper, milk and cheeses like those blue funghus ones, like Danish Blue or Camanbert. Avoid stress and tension and get out into the sunlight as often as you can, the Sun is your friend!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

    • Chris says:

      You will never get rid of the redness,the only time i noticed when the redness went down i used cortizone cream. But the more you use it the less it helps like the skin is getting immune to the cream. So i tried alot of things like zinc cream, cream based on dead sea salts( my basic thing it helps alot) and more that you can imagine. Now there is a vaseline spray on the market that does me more good that anything i’ve ever used. It cools down the itch and protects the spots from getting worse. Best is it helps instantly and takes only 30 seconds to dry in without any additives like alchohol..

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Josette Moving says:

    To the author, you can find fresh aloe in your grocery store. Replace water with aloe and use it with your vaseline. Just a tip. Too bad I cant use vaseline on my scalp psoriasis. Going to get tougher treatment when I’m done nursing my child in 6 months. Tired of it. Dealt with it since 2009 or ’10.

  10. Marie says:

    Hi Jo, in my experience, yes Vaseline will ease the redness and pain. You need to put it on whilst your skin is still wet and pat dry. You will also need to try to identify what is making your skin flare. Look at what you ate a few hours before, or the day before. It’s sometimes trial and error to find this out. What have you eaten differently recently? Do some research on the nightshade food family (which is my personal nemesis food group). Also coconut water and instant coffee set my skin off terribly. But that’s just me. Jack’s blog about milk thistle tea bags and adding turmeric to meals has really helped me – thanks Jack! I’m still not completely free of it, but it is now under control for me. Good luck. Marie.

  11. jo says:

    Hi, how do you all reduce the redness of the skin will vaseline do that or do I need something else.
    This is my second outbreak and it is quite severe.
    Thanks in advance x

  12. I just heard about using Vaseline for psorasis so thought I’d give it a go and after following the advice here I get instant relief from the itch and it really calms down. I’ll be sticking to this method for a long time to come. Thanks!

  13. I too have used all kinds of creams to clear my Psoriasis. My best relief comes from none other than Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. I cleared it up before and after coming back this year I’m once again getting relief from Vaseline. It really works! Want proof? Try it!

  14. Gillian Summerson says:

    Hi, as a fellow flaker I love your website and thank you for its creation as it has been invaluable for me. I love my flake free skin now that I am using sea salt, mud soap and vaseline correctly! Its my second day on the tumeric tablets so looking forward to nice new pink skin!

  15. 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!

  16. 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..

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Mica says:

    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 🙂

  22. Marcus says:


    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?


    • redblob says:

      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!


  23. She'll says:

    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!

    • redblob says:

      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!

      • Allijeans says:

        Your skin “breathes” or receives oxygen from your blood. So it’s always breathing. If applied to clean skin, Vaselines number one job is holding in the mositure! 🙂

  24. wendy says:

    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!

    • redblob says:

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

  25. roy says:

    I have had psoriasis for over 17 years and this is the simplest and cheapest solution I have ever used.

  26. Kylee says:

    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!

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