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The Amazing Benefits of Using Petroleum Jelly for Treating Scars

Petroleum Jelly for Scars
Petroleum jelly has been in use for treating scars ever since its therapeutic properties were discovered. There are several techniques in which you can use it to heal scars.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Petroleum jelly was first discovered in its raw form, some two hundred years ago. However, it became a popular ointment only a century ago. It was first launched as an ointment for skin injuries, under the brand name 'Vaseline' in Brooklyn, New York. Ever since, it has been widely used to cure all sorts of skin problems. Pure petroleum jelly, which contains no chemicals or perfumes is considered as the best moisturizer even for sensitive skin.

Petroleum jelly, also called petrolatum is a flammable, semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons. It has a melting point of about 37°C. Its appearance is pale yellow and translucent. In its purest form, it does not have any taste or smell. It is hydrophobic (water repellent) and also insoluble in water. Petroleum jelly is often mistaken for glycerol due to their similar texture. However, glycerol is not a hydrocarbon, but an alcohol. Nonetheless, both have tremendous healing properties.
Petroleum Jelly for Scars
Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly to heal scars is widely used in the field of medicine. Applying petroleum jelly on wound accelerates the healing process. Due to its hydrophobic properties, it prevents any fluids from entering the wound.
It forms a barrier around the wound, so as to protect the wound from bacteria and other foreign objects. This barrier also prevents the loss of moisture from the wound. Moreover, it prohibits the formation of thick scab, which delays the healing process. This scab is also responsible for the wound marks. Its working mechanism is somewhat similar to silicon sheeting or a bandage.
Effectiveness in Treating Scars
Petroleum jelly for scars
Petroleum jelly is effective only for treating fresh cuts and wounds. It is hardly effective in treating old scars. In case of fresh wounds, it inhibits the formation of ugly scars on the skin.
Scarring is prevented by producing collagen in the body and petroleum jelly stimulates collagen production. Collagen is a component in the skin, which is responsible for its fullness. When the scar is old, petroleum jelly fails to stimulate collagen production. Thus, there is no scope for the improvement in the appearance of the scar.
Petroleum Jelly for Skin
There are several uses of petroleum jelly in improving the overall quality of skin. Following are some of its uses in skin care.

~Apply some petroleum jelly on chapped lips or dry hands to make them soft.
~Before going for any beauty treatment on hair or skin, dab generous amount of petroleum jelly to protect the skin or hair from harsh chemicals.
~Always apply a layer of white petroleum jelly before doing heavy make up, it helps later to remove make up quickly.
~While working with paints and greases, apply some petroleum jelly before wearing gloves.
~Put some petroleum jelly on your feet and gently massage before going to bed to get rid of cracks.
Petroleum jelly is effective only as long as the wound is fresh. Also, you need additional treatment to encourage the healing process. If you are interested in only scar removal, you can try any of the over-the-counter scar remedies, which are supposedly effective. In case of deep or serious wound, consult your physician before attempting to treat it with petroleum jelly.