If you were anything like us, your generation was subjected to the lathering of petroleum jelly for all skin-related issues. From wound care to chapped skin and lips, the goopy gel was slathered on without a single thought given to safety or health. But was it either safe or healthy? Recently, the idea that the use of petroleum jelly may not have been the most prudent idea.

Petroleum jelly is actually a by-product of oil production. Yes, that oil. The same sludgy gunk that we use to lube our car engines. It was discovered at the bottom of oil rigs back in the late 1800’s and through unknown leaps, was marketed to the masses as a remedy for chapped and irritated skin and as an ointment for burns and wounds. Unfortunately, it seems we may have been remiss about what this substance actually does by just assuming that it helps guard against certain issues.

Though it has been shown to stop the loss of moisture within the skin, there is no proof that that hydration does anything to heal the skin itself. And where millions will stand behind the claim that petroleum jelly relieves chapped lips and irritated skin, it can actually slow cellular regeneration and cause damage to collagen and elastin; actually speeding the aging process along. Plus, because it forms a barrier, closing off the pores, it interferes with the body’s ability to rid itself of toxins and contaminants.

Though as a nation, we’ve been using petroleum jelly as a beauty and health aid for multiple generations now, we don’t recommend the product. Instead, we suggest routine lip treatments to keep your lips, and the skin around them, smooth, supple and healthy. Schedule your appointment now and find out how our skin rejuvenation procedures can keep your face gunk-free.