Vaseline is one of the most widely common used products in the medicine as universal cure against different skin problems, rushes, diaper rushes, lip care, medical treatments and processes of recuperation as well as for congestion. However people usually believe on what other people say and consider Vaseline as one of the most beneficial product continuing being unaware of the possible side-effects and disadvantages.

What is petroleum jelly?

Vaseline is taken from petroleum jelly which is product, or byproduct from the oil industry. It is not eco but in opposite it is the last remained thing from the production of oil, which is found useless in the industry.

How does it work?

Petroleum jelly is product that is included in many different lotions, creams and baby products these days. Its wide use is because it has some properties for moisture and also acts as protective barrier. But when it acts as barrier it does not provide positive effects for skin as many people think, but is has adverse effect: it blocks skin pores and does not let bacteria to go out of the body, but retain it inside.

1. It can cause pneumonia

Vaseline’s compounds can be transferred to the lungs and when they residue their high inflammation in lungs appear and the body is unable to continue with normal body functions and to metabolize the compounds.

2. It can lead to estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance means that the body is in situation when estrogen levels are too high and the possibility of allergies, menstrual problems, genital problems, autoimmune diseases or infertility is too high. One of the main factors about this estrogen dominance to appear is the petroleum jelly.

3. It promotes collagen breakdown

Since it act as protector of the skin, all compounds of it are applied on the skin. Since their heavy texture and content, our skin is not able to absorb them and start to pull them out. This process of skin self-protection leads to collagen breakdown.

4. It contains harmful hydrocarbons

As we listed before, petroleum jelly has heavy content which include harmful hydrocarbons that interrupt normal body function and reactions.

Natural alternatives to Vaseline

1. Beeswax

This is 100% natural product and greater in its properties than petroleum jelly. It is a versatile product so you can add it in the recipes of homemade beauty products, such as lip balms, creams, lotions etc.

2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most popular products these days since people learned about its positive effects and amazing anti-inflammatory properties on the skin. It has fatty acids and lauric acids that act as additional protection against various problems.

3. Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants that protect skin and slow down the process of aging.

4. Shea butter

Shea butter is a natural gift of vitamins (A, E, F) and minerals that are effective in the natural fight of the body against damages. It protects skin and improves the process of collagen production.