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Petroleum Jelly for Chapped Lips

Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly was discovered in the mid-1800’s when workers found that rubbing the strange wax found on their oil rigs onto cuts and burns seemed to help them heal faster. Later, the wax was distilled into the clear jelly we know and marketed as a cure-all for burns, blisters, and any other skin condition. We now know its uses are a little more limited, but it is still recognized as a skin conditioner and softener.

Petroleum Jelly to Soothe the Lips


  • Pure petroleum jelly is inexpensive and readily available at any drugstore or mass retailer. It may be smoothed onto the lips by itself, or it can be flavored with small amounts of honey or vanilla. Heat in the microwave to mix in the flavor, but make sure you cool it before applying to the lips.

Why It Works

Petroleum jelly is a lubricant, so it soothes the lips. It also sits on top of the skin and seals in moisture while sealing out irritants. It does not, however, heal the skin as previously thought.


Again, if you heat petroleum jelly in the microwave, be sure to let it cool before putting it on your lips. It can cause serious burns while hot. Otherwise, this is an extremely safe product.

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