Will Vaseline clog pores? No, Nope, Negative, Nah, NADA!!!
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If you suffer from acne you are probably terrified to use petroleum jelly on your face. Petroleum jelly is thick and viscous! Most people attribute those traits to being pore clogging and assume it will cause break outs. However those are that very traits that actually help with acne.
Vaseline is the most popular brand of petroleum jelly. The house hold name Vaseline is so synonymous with the wonder jelly that many people use the terms interchangeably. However, Vaseline is a brand that sells petroleum jelly.
In fact, Vaseline is the number one selling brand of petroleum jelly. One reason Vaseline is more entrusted is because of the purification process. Vaseline filters its petroleum jelly 3 times, removing impurities and potentially harmful bi-products.
What Causes Acne?
There are three main causes of acne. One cause is genetics. We all have different skin types. Acne prone skin is the oily skin type. Another cause is hormones. When hormones fluctuate most commonly we experience physical changes in our skin and hair. But the number one cause of acne is bacteria.
When there is a build up of oil it causes dead skin to stick to our skin which then creates a blockage in pores where bacteria grows and forms acne.
What is Petroleum Jelly?
White petroleum jelly is a refined and purified product of heavy waxes and oils. It is considered an ointment and is non comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores. The skin is able to absorb petroleum jelly, pores become clogged by blockages. White Petroleum Jelly surpasses the safety standards set by the FDA for use in food and cosmetics.
Why Does Petroleum Jelly Help with Acne?
Oily skin over produces oil. Instinctively, people strip the oil away which triggers the body to produce more oil. When petroleum jelly is applied to the skin, the body is not prompted to produce more oil.
Petroleum jelly is an emollient. Emollients are skin conditioners. Skin conditioners soothe the skin and are used to soften rough, dry, flaky skin.
Petroleum jelly forms an occlusive layer. Occlusive layers reduce water loss which is essential for acne. More water in the skin brings moisture. Moisture is essential to wound healing and countering the over production of oil. Occlusive layers keeps the skin protected and hydrated longer.
How to Use Petroleum Jelly for Clear Skin
Petroleum jelly should be the last step in a skin care routine. A basic skin care routine is to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect. During the day the protection should be a sunblock. At night protecting the skin means locking in moisturizing ingredients. This is especially beneficial when using expensive serums and eye creams.
After the skin has been cleansed and hydrating products applied, place a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the face. Petroleum jelly is a skin protectant helping to keep moisture in and the environment out.
Petroleum jelly is great for locking in moisture and forming a barrier to protect the skin. However clear skin starts with a thorough cleanse. Cleansing the skin is the most important part to keeping it clear. Especially when using an oil. If the skin is not thoroughly cleansed a build of of debris will possibly cause a form of contact dermatitis and certainly clog pores.
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About the Author, KiKi Carr
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