If you have psoriasis and you’re like me – always keeping an eye out for that one moisturiser that will melt away your dry skin flakes forever – you’ve probably gone through all the creams you could get your hands on. If you’re also a bloke like me, that probably means you have an embarrasingly large number of plastic bottles in your bathroom cabinets. Well, you can chuck them all out… because all you need is a tub of vaseline!
At first I tried the popular brands, sneakily knocking Dove, Nivea and L’Oreal tubs into my basket. “Oh look, how did THAT get mixed up into my manly mix of man-things” I’d say at the counter. I realized that most of them contained harmful perfumes and parabens that can damage the skin and cause premature ageing. Obviously, wrinkles don’t worry me (I am a man, you see), but the extra damage to sensitive skin didn’t sound too good!
After I went off the commercial brands, I tried the ones hidden inside health stores. I went though the toiletry section in Holland & Barrett, reaching out to grab things with labels such as “organic”, “100%natural” and “chemical free”. Everything went well until I got home, popped off the lids and the smell slowly wafted out. To this day, I am sure that I would have suffocated on a thick cloud of moisturiser fumes had the smell been any thicker. I fought my way to the window, knowing that there must have been something simple and safe to use for my psoriasis!
That’s when I discovered Vaseline, otherwise known as PETROLEUM JELLY! This yellowish goo isnumber one when it comes to locking in natural moisture and water into the skin – and this is the KEY to easing psoriasis. The physical symptoms of psoriasis are caused by a build-up of dead skin cells and dry skin, and vaseline slides straight to the root of this problem. The solution is to keep your skin wet!
Using Vaseline the proper way for Psoriasis
1) Wet your skin with water. Let me repeat, wet your skin with water. You can have a shower, have a bath, splash on some bottled water, rub on some tap water or slide around in a clean puddle… whatever, just make sure your skin is wet! It is by using water that your excess skin cells are soaked off and vaseline can stop skin cells from accumulating throughout the day.
2) Before your skin is dried out again, rub in the tiniest of tinyvaseline amounts. Make sure to rub it in thoroughly so that every little bit is absorbed. If you have large plaques, you might notice that the area is dry by the time the first pea-sized drop has been completely absorbed, so rub in another drop!
3) As vaseline is so safe, you can use it anywhere on your body that is prone to psoriasis! I’ve used it on my face, my lips, my hands, my elbows, my feet… anywhere there is dry skin. It is endlessly versatile.
4) Do this twice per day at the minimum! If your psoriasis is really bad, you might want to increase it up to 6 times per day if necessary. It only takes a minute to absorb such miniscule amounts, and the affects are miraculous. You can do it during your toilet break at work (please, don’t use the liquid from the urinals!), after you’ve washed up the dishes, when you pass a fountain… You get the idea.
If you do this consistently for a week, you will see noticeable results. Psoriasis sufferers have claimed up to an 80% reduction in symptoms by sticking to this method of using vaseline. For a £2 / $3 per tub, it costs next to nothing, so try it next time you’re eyeing up the latest and creamiest addition to the moisturiser shelf!