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  • Does Petroleum Jelly Cause Acne?

    For anyone with troublesome skin – be it an occasional pimple, or a full-on breakout – we know how important it is to feel confident that your skincare regime is helping and not making it worse. When you’re dealing with acne, we know that this is even more essential.


    Acne isn’t only common among teenagers. In fact, it remains one of the most common skin complaints among people of all ages in the United States. Naturally, there are many theories about what causes acne, as well as what might cure, or aggravate it. So whether you’re questioning – “will petroleum jelly cause acne to get worse?” or you’re worrying that Vaseline® Jelly causes acne – we’re here to dispel the myths, and help you treat problem skin right way. Remember to consult your dermatologist or doctor about your skin care routine first. 

  • What Causes Acne?

    Plugged pores are one of the main factors known to cause acne. Acne can also be exacerbated by poor hygiene, resulting in excess oils, dead skin, and bacteria-clogging hair follicles. Keeping your skin clean is believed to be key when you have acne, but be aware – excess washing (more than twice a day) with harsh or drying soaps may actually irritate the skin making the problem even worse.

  • Can Vaseline® Jelly Cause Acne?
    As Vaseline® Jelly is a rich and thick substance, people may assume that Vaseline® Jelly causes acne. However, there is no evidence to suggest that Vaseline® Jelly causes acne, in fact it’s non-comedogenic1, meaning it has been scientifically shown not to clog pores. Also, Vaseline® Jelly is purified not once, but three times to ensure that it is free from impurities that could irritate your skin.

    In fact, Vaseline® Jelly is a beneficial addition to your skincare regime. Vaseline® Jelly not only locks in moisture, it also works deep within the top layer of the skin – the stratum corneum, where dryness happens – helping to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. So Vaseline® Jelly, applied after a gentle cleansing, works with your skin to moisturize and protect it while it recovers from skin irritations like acne.
  • How Can I Treat Acne?
    Depending on the type and severity of your acne, there are a variety of ways to treat your skin. Seek the advice of a dermatologist to help you decide on what’s right for you. Below are some tips you can follow at home that may help soothe problem skin.   

    Wash no more than twice a day with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Cleansing your skin more than twice a day could dry it out and further aggravate acne. Find a cleanser that is right for you and avoid harsh and drying soaps. 

    Leave your pimples alone. No matter how tempting it is, you should never squeeze or rub your skin too hard as this could cause scarring – pimples will heal better over time if they are left alone.

    Always moisturize after cleansing. Before skin problems like acne develop, take care of your skin with moisturizing products that may help to keep your skin looking beautiful. After gently washing your face before bed, use Vaseline® Jelly to moisturize your skin. Just because your skin feels greasy, it doesn’t mean you can skip moisturizing. Oily skin can actually be a warning that your skin is dry. Using a non-comedogenic moisturizer like Vaseline® Jelly will hydrate without clogging pores, and will also create a barrier to help lock in moisture.

    Exercise regularly. Various lifestyle changes are believed to help acne, and a good workout is one of them. Exercise can improve your blood circulation and boost your blood oxygen levels. It can also cause your blood capillaries (small blood vessels) to widen so that more oxygen can get to your skin cells and help flush out waste products.

    So, does Vaseline® Jelly cause acne? The answer is a simple no. With its triple-purified, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic formula – Vaseline® Jelly is here to help your skin, locking in moisture to protect its natural recovery process, each and every day.
  • 1. Albert M Kligman, MD; Petrolatum is not comedogenic in rabbits or humans: A critical reappraisal of the rabbit ear assay and the concept of “acne cosmetica”; J. Soc. Cosmet Chem., 47, 41-48 (Jan/Feb 1996)