There are some products that everyone seems to have around the house, and they are often those that can be applied to the widest range of uses. In my home, these products include the gastro-intestinal medicine Pepto-Bismol (who have a jingle about all of it’s uses), as well as WD-40 for more mechanical applications. If I were to choose an equivalent product for skincare, it would be Aquaphor. In my Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review I’ll tell you why:
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review
After years of trying different creams, ointments, and topical treatments, I began to accept the fact that I would be cursed with untreatable problem skin for the rest of my days. I not only suffered from eczema, but also had acne and chronic dry skin all over. I had tried prescription products, but my wallet was feeling far too light after so many trips to the dermatologists (and the adjacent pharmacy). When I finally got around to asking my Grandmother for advice, something I should’ve done at the very beginning let me tell you, she tossed me the remnants of her old Aquaphor tub to try out. The tub she gave me must’ve been at least 8 years old, but as far as I can tell the packaging hasn’t changed one bit.
Aquaphor most often comes in an uninteresting, white circular plastic tub with a blue twist on lid. The design is simple and easily recognizable, but the smooth surface of the tub/lid make for a difficult time when trying to open or close the lid with greasy hands. I personally prefer a pump design, but the simple tub works well enough to not be an issue.
Upon opening the jar, you are immediately reminded of Vaseline, as both appear to share a similar, clear and greasy coloration. Anyone who has used both will agree that while they look the same, Aquaphor is thicker and lasts longer on the skin, helping even the most raw skin heal quickly. Due to this difference in consistency, Aquaphor is ideal for creating a protective coating on your skin, which can be useful for protecting against chafing. Some even apply Aquaphor as an invisible glove when working in the garden or with harsh cleaners/chemicals, to minimize the skin’s contact with irritants.
The ointment itself is fragrance, preservative, and irritant free, so you can be sure it will do nothing but help the condition of your skin. The gentle composition is safe to be used with many other medications, and the ointment is often included in prescription ointments as a base for which to mix other compounds into.
Eucarin, the parent company that produces Aquaphor, says that their healing ointment is for dry, cracked, and irritated skin, and can be used for preventing chafing, treating burns, and creating a protective barrier against things that may damage your skin. Aside from these uses, Aquaphor can be used for everything from greasing door hinges to polishing shoes. I recently wrote another article expanding on these alternate uses for aquaphor, please check that out to get a more extensive list on how to use this miracle ointment.
One of the main reasons why you should buy a tub of Aquaphor is that it’s bound to last you forever. Provided you aren’t applying it on a large area every day, the 14oz standard tub size will at a minimum last you a few months. At only a few dollars more than vaseline (which has far fewer uses, and I find is not even as good as a moisturizer), the thicker consistency allows longer use of the same volume, and I think a couple dollars is a reasonable price to pay for a more versatile product.
Overall, Aquaphor provides excellent value in a skincare product, a segment notorious for highly priced creams. Aquaphor is simple to use, just spread it on, and treats a wide variety of skin problems quickly and effectively. I would highly recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already, and as always feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it!
Aquaphor Healing Ointment$14.58
- Unscented, non-irritating.
- High value compared to prescription products.
- Can be used to treat everything from acne to eczema.
- Works quickly, even on the most stubborn skin.
- Greasy (best applied at night)
- If you want something to keep applying casually throughout the day, this is not it.