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Thread: Aquaphor or Vaseline (petroleum Jelly)

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    I've been searching for a conclusive answer to whether or not we can use pertoleum jelly. Some say yes, some say no. My friend had laser resurfacing on her face and the doctor gave her Aquaphor to put all over directly afterward. I was picking her up and helping with her meds/instructions- he told us that it does not cross the skin barrier and provides a seal.

    Wikipedia agrees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_jelly

    I use aquaphor on my lips, crows feet, and hands every night when not on HCG.

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    All of my Google research says that petroleum jelly doesn't absorb through the skin just like mineral oil doesn't. So does anyone have a source or reason for saying its a no, no? I found an HCG clinic that says it is acceptable.

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    They actually are completely different.
    Aquaphor actually has some ingredient to heal for some things such as burns and diaper rash.
    While Vaseline just keeps a wound lubricated

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    Hello - newbie here!

    I'm trying to get my creams/lotions in order before I start the diet. I have severe eczema - I mean, so bad, that *nothing* is working right now, not even the highest level steroidal creams. I'm kind of fearful of giving up all my moisturizing stuff, and I do use Aquaphor in the extra dry spots. I was wondering the same thing, if Aquaphor is a no-no (or if petroleum jelly in general is a no-no).

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    My severe eczema actually got better....even went away in a few spots....during P2! Maybe its all the water I'm drinking or all the junk I'm not eating but either way, I'll take it!

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    I've been looking for an answer to this as well. I have extremely dry lips and the only thing that helps is aquaphor. Unless I find out for sure it is a no-no, I think I'll keep using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by springrain View Post
    Hello - newbie here!

    I'm trying to get my creams/lotions in order before I start the diet. I have severe eczema - I mean, so bad, that *nothing* is working right now, not even the highest level steroidal creams. I'm kind of fearful of giving up all my moisturizing stuff, and I do use Aquaphor in the extra dry spots. I was wondering the same thing, if Aquaphor is a no-no (or if petroleum jelly in general is a no-no).
    I personally have not changed any of my beauty products. I use the same shampoos and conditioners, lotions, makeup remover, etc.
    I also have eczema and haven't seen and gains or stalls by using my own products.
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    Aquaphor has lanolin in it, so you may want to hold off on using it if you're sensitive to that. I work in a dermatologist office, so we use this like crazy at work. I unfortunately have shown to be hypersensitive to most of my beauty products. I can still use my oil-free products, but my shampoo/conditioner is out, as is petroleum jelly. I not only didn't lose, but actually showed a significant gain on the days after the two separate occasions that I used these products. I'm finishing up my second week of injections, and I do feel as though they seriously impacted my potential loss. I have noticed that my skin and lips don't feel quite as dry at the end of this week as they did at the beginning of the first week, which is helpful to me.
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    Yes pertoleum jelly can be used, No harm in that. Petroleum jelly only costs a few dollars for a tube or container, and people have used it for decades to soften and soothe dry skin. Also known by its common brand name, Vaseline, petroleum jelly is a hydrocarbon compound derived from petroleum.

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    Do a google search for the potential dangers/health concerns of using petroleum jelly and then decide if it is something you want to use or not. Also note that petroleum jelly only coats your skin, trapping moisture - it does not soften it.

    I did not experience any dryness of my skin during the VLCD. I suspect that is because I do not use much soap on it. I never use soap on my face. Most soaps dry out your skin so you then need to moisturize it.
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    All of my Google research says that petroleum jelly doesn't absorb through the skin just like mineral oil doesn't. So does anyone have a source or reason for saying its a no, no? I found an HCG clinic that says it is acceptable.



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    I will have permanent eyeliner in a couple of days and wastoldto use petroleum jelly for two weeks. Will this interfere with weight loss? I'm on vlcd

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