About Aquaphor Healing Ointment

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: May 24, 2015

If you’re searching for a solution to cracked, irritated, dry or mildly-burned skin, the near-century long success of Aquaphor Healing Ointment suggests that perhaps it’s the simplest treatments that provide the best relief.

Created by Eucerin in 1925, the gentle moisturizing treatment gel was originally formulated as a delivery method for skin medications. Doctors would purchase 5 lb. tubs and mix in their own treatments. Post-war, the ointment was repackaged and sold directly to consumers and is still manufactured by the same company today.

Is Aquaphor the Same as Vaseline?

Aquaphor Healing Ointment is often compared to Vaseline when first-time users feel its somewhat slick, gel consistency.

While they’re both petroleum-based, Vaseline is 100% petroleum, a coating of which locks moisture outside the skin as effectively as locking it in.

Alternatively, Aquaphor Healing ointment is only 41% petroleum, which forms a semi-occlusive barrier on the skin — this means that moisture in the air can still penetrate the ointment as it’s drawn to your skin. Because its lesser petroleum content allows for the circulation of water and oxygen, Aquaphor Healing Ointment actually helps wounds heal by providing a protective, moist healing environment.

What Else Is in There?

Aquaphor Healing Ointment’s gentle formula does a formidable job protecting dry, cracked or irritated skin with minimal ingredients:

  • Petrol atum: Active ingredient and over the counter skin protectant, petrolatum forms a barrier on the skin and helps retain moisture.
  • Lanolin Alcohol: A subfraction of lanolin (a wax made from wool wax) that contains a mixture of hydrocarbons that imparts skin-smoothing properties. Lanolin alcohol is composed of cholesterol and fatty acids, which have been shown to provide skin benefits.
  • Glycerin: A natural moisturizer and humectant that attracts and binds moisture to the outer layer of your skin and keeps it hydrated.
  • Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5, when applied topically Panthenol acts as a humectant and also conditions the skin.
  • Bisabolol: Derived from the chamomile plant, Bisabolol has anti-inflammatory properties and helps promote healing of damaged skin.

There aren’t many ingredients in this classic ointment, and it remains completely free of fragrances, preservatives and dyes.

What Is Aquaphor Healing Ointment Good For?

Aquaphor’s wide variety of uses is part of what keeps this soothing balm so popular! It can be used anywhere on your face, including your lips. Also excellent for severely dry hands and feet, compromised and sensitive skin, here are a few examples of just how versatile Aquaphor is:

  • Protects skin from wind burn, as well as cold or dry air, and the resulting chafing, blistering, or dry or chapped skin.
  • Protects dry, cracked hands or feet, along with minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, allowing skin time to heal.
  • Ideal for protecting skin from chafing while engaging in sports like running, biking, swimming, or even just general exercising.
  • If you have a red, irritated nose or cheeks, Aquaphor may help provide some soothing relief.

As part of Eucerin’s recent marketing efforts to freshen up the brand and stay relevant, celebrity Brooke Burke appears in a series of videos promoting Aquaphor Healing Ointment’s many uses:

  • Soothing razor burn
  • Protecting your feet from oncoming blisters
  • Calming skin irritated by fabric tags
  • Formulating a home-mixed skin scrub with Aquaphor and Epsom salt
  • Lipgloss
  • Perfume booster
  • Eyelash conditioner
  • Eye makeup remover

How Much Will Aquaphor Healing Ointment Cost You

Aquaphor Healing Ointment isn’t something you have to order online. In fact, your local grocery store, Target, Rite Aid or pharmacy will carry it in several sizes.

Prices and return policies will vary with each store; but generally, a 14 oz. tub will run you under $15, while the purse-sized version is usually about $5.

Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment line also encompasses several other products, including lip repair and their Healing Ointment in a no-touch applicator dispenser. Aquaphor baby products include:

  • Healing Ointment
  • Gentle Wash & Shampoo

What Reviewers Are Saying About Aquaphor

When reading online reviews for Aquaphor Healing Ointment, you get the feeling there are two kinds of people: those whole love it, rave about it and bestow five-star reviews, and people who just haven’t tried it yet.

Among the masses who wax poetic about Aquaphor Healing Ointment’s many uses is this reviewer, who swears by the ointment for cuts, bumps and babies, and two different marathon runners who depend on the ointment for chafing protection (here and here.)

The fact is that many people who’ve used Aquaphor Healing Ointment describe it as a miracle product. I dare you to find an online retailer where Aquaphor doesn’t receive at least four out of five-star reviews!

The Bottom Line on Aquaphor Healing Treatment

Having used it myself to help my skin adjust to the trauma of starting Retin-A treatments, I also attest that it’s a standby to be forever found on my dresser. However, the formula is heavy and won’t be a good daytime moisturizer for your face (imagine the texture of Vaseline), and it will make your skin appear shiny.

One word of caution: if you plan on using Aquaphor Healing Ointment as a night cream, consider laying a towel over your pillow or be prepared to invest in a few extra sets.

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  • 3 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Good for hands and feet or any rough surface

    • St. Augustine, FL,
    • Sep 5, 2016
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    I used this as it was recommended by a doctor. I have rough skin on my hands, as if I were lying concrete all day even though I don't. Also, hand nails and lack of cuticles have been a long standing problem for me.

    The use of this cream before bed time and any time during the day has cured me. If I forget to use it a few days the symptoms return and I just start it over again.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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