Can I use Vaseline for Over Exfoliated Skin?
Vaseline for over exfoliated skin
I was wondering if it's safe to use Vaseline for over exfoliate skin?
I used a home chemical peel with glycolic acid and left it on way too long.
Now my skin is irritated and peeling and it hurts. I was wondering if Vaseline will help moisturize my skin.
Does Vaseline soak into the skin? Will it help or make it worse?
Thanks for your question about using Vaseline for over exfoliate or irritated dry skin. I get this question a lot.
Many people think using Vaseline or any petroleum based product will absorb into the skin and hydrate it, but it's not that simple.
Vaseline, (petroleum jelly) is not a good choice for irritated or peeling skin for several reasons:
1. While it's true that petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, is an occlusive product (meaning it traps moisture in) it may not be suitable for severely damaged skin.
Especially, in a situation where the skin is peeling, raw, or has open sores. If the skin is not properly hydrated, like in your case, it can actually lock in the dryness and prevent moisture from getting in. This can make the skin feel even drier and uncomfortable.
Skin that is irritated and peeling, needs to breathe and heal. So the best option is a light, hydrating skincare product.
Using a light moisturizer with hydrating ingredients (e.g., ceramides, lipids like omega fatty acids) is more effective in replenishing the skin's moisture content.
You can read about how beneficial these moisturizers are for aging and/or damaged skin here.
2. Peeling skin often occurs as a result of dryness or irritation, and using Vaseline alone may not address the underlying causes.
3. Peeling skin requires nourishment and specific nutrients to promote healing and regeneration.
Vaseline does not contain these essential nutrients. You're better off using specialized skincare products for irritated skin that will feed it with nutrients and beneficial ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants.
4. When skin is already irritated or damaged, there is an increased risk of bacterial infections. Since Vaseline is occlusive, it can create an environment where bacteria can thrive, potentially worsening the condition.
So, to answer your question, no, Vaseline is not a good choice for over exfoliated, irritated, or peeling skin.
Look for moisturizers with healing ingredients, mild formulations, and avoid products with potential irritants or allergens.
Additionally, if the irritation persists or worsens, it's best to consult a dermatologist for a proper evaluation and suitable treatment plan.
Note: There is a practice that's been featured on TikTok where people suggest using Vaseline after a chemical peel. It's called Slugging.
However, the Vaseline is applied many hours after the peel has been removed, and the skin has had a chance to breath and exfoliate. It's usually before bedtime and left on overnight.
And, it's not to be used on damaged skin or for anyone prone to acne or breakouts.
You can read more about Slugging and how it works here. Also, find out why it's called slugging?
I hoped this help answer your question. 😊