Does Vaseline® Jelly Clog Pores or Cause Acne? Why Vaseline® Jelly is Good for Healthy Skin

Discover why Vaseline® Jelly is a good choice for skin care.

Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly isn’t called a ‘wonder jelly’ for nothing – it’s great for locking in moisture and stopping your skin from becoming chapped and sore, especially in winter. Understanding the benefits of Vaseline® Jelly and why it truly is the ideal product to keep on your nightstand is the first step to healthy, beautiful skin. 

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To help you to get the most out of the Wonder Jelly, we’re going to clear up all those questions that are floating around, including ‘does Vaseline® Jelly clog your pores?’ and ‘will Vaseline® Jelly cause acne?’.
Here are your questions answered
  • 1
    Does Petroleum Jelly Clog Pores?

    If you’ve ever dunked your fingers into a jar of petroleum jelly, you’ll feel how it’s thick and heavy – some people may worry that putting this onto their skin will block their pores. There are different reasons you can end up with an abundance of clogged pores, such as forgetting to take your makeup off before going to bed. However, using petroleum jelly isn’t a reason. While many components of makeup cannot be absorbed into skin and instead tend to clump together to clog pores, petroleum jelly absorbs deeply into the skin and doesn’t aggravate the pores. Pure petroleum jelly does not clog your pores – it leaves them clear. 

  • 2
    Is Vaseline® Jelly Non-comedogenic?

    Yes! Vaseline® Jelly is made from 100 percent petroleum jelly, so – like petroleum jelly – it also doesn’t clog pores. (If a product is non-comedogenic, it will not clog or block your pores). Vaseline® Jelly has a thick texture that is actually a benefit – it provides a good barrier between your skin and the elements without damaging the health or appearance of your skin while also keeping its moisture in. So, does Vaseline® Jelly clog pores? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s a great addition to your skincare regime.   

  • 3
    Does Vaseline® Jelly Cause Acne?

    As reported in The Journal of Cosmetic Science, Vaseline® Jelly does not clog pores. With this scientific evidence, you can be confident that using Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly will not cause acne. Acne is usually caused by bacteria that is trapped in pores causing them to become infected and inflamed. If you’re suffering with acne while using Vaseline® Jelly, it’s likely that bacteria is causing the pimples. As a starting point it is a good idea to cleanse your skin thoroughly before using any skin care product in order to remove any dirt, oil, or impurities. 

  • 4
    Does Vaseline® Jelly Help Acne?

    Although Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly doesn’t directly treat acne, its protective formula means it could help your skin recover faster from a breakout. After cleansing thoroughly (but not too aggressively), apply Vaseline® Jelly to form a protective barrier on the surface of your skin – this can help to prevent germs from re-infecting pores. Vaseline® Jelly can also keep the skin moisturized, accelerating its natural cycle of regeneration (where dead cells slough off and new and fresh skin cells rise to the surface). By protecting your skin and keeping bacteria out, petroleum jelly can help to speed up recovery and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

  • 5
    Is Petroleum Jelly Bad for Your Skin?

    The original ‘Wonder Jelly’ is the only petroleum jelly in the world with our triple-purification seal – it’s filtered three times to remove any impurities that could negatively affect the health or look and feel of our skin. When using Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly, you can be sure you’re protecting your skin, not putting it at risk. So, is Vaseline® Jelly bad for your skin? Definitely not.

With so many benefits, it’s clear Vaseline® Jelly is not bad for skin. Add a jar of the original ‘Wonder Jelly’ to your list of beauty essentials for safe, effective skin care.

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The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.

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