Petroleum jelly is our go-to for extremely dry, chapped skin. When your facial skin is exposed to the harsh elements such as sun and wind, it becomes dehydrated. Extra moisturization is then required.
Many people apply petroleum jelly to their faces when the skin is extremely dry. It moisturizes the skin. It also creates a barrier which protects the skin from additional exposure to the elements. Petroleum jelly can stimulate the skin’s regenerative properties and may even reduce the appearance of fine lines.
There is a concern that petroleum jelly may clog up your pores. Its thick consistency makes users think that this will happen. But petroleum jelly is absorbed deep into the pores and does not clog them. Residual makeup is more likely to clog your pores as it cannot be absorbed by the skin. Since it doesn’t clog up your pores, it is also unlikely to cause acne or pimple outbreaks.
The skin on your lips is different from the rest of your skin. It’s very sensitive and becomes chapped easily. The deep moisturization supplied by petroleum jelly is good for your lips as it provides a barrier to protect your lips.
There are precautions you need to take before you use petroleum jelly on your face or lips. It’s essential to cleanse the skin well in advance. As petroleum jelly is a protective barrier, it will keep impurities out. Unless those impurities are already there, in which case it will lock them in.