Review: Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

/ Sunday, December 16, 2012 /

When I got a skin rash last spring, my doctor prescribed Aquaphor to put on for healing purposes. Ever since then, I've had this tube of stuff, which I use intermittently for extreme periods of dryness on the skin, and sometimes as a late night moisturizer for my lips. Several of my friends use this as a lip balm during the daytime and night as well.

Well, what do I think of it?

According to the official Eucerin website, its ingredients are:

Active ingredient            Purpose

Petrolatum (41%)            Skin protectant (ointment)

Inactive Ingredients

Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol

An inspection of the ingredients shows that the main ingredients, petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, glycerin, etc - are all very hydrating. Nice. I wouldn't recommend using this product as a facial moisturizer because the main ingredients are very comedogenic, however.

Many people say that this product is "water-based", especially because its name is "Aquaphor". This is wrong; the main ingredient, petrolatum, is the same as in petroleum jelly - literally it is just petroleum jelly, except with more added ingredients. For someone who is just looking for the emollient properties of petroleum jelly, just get that - it is cheaper after all, and has the same main ingredient. Of course, this Eucerin Aquaphor product has other ingredients as well that are also emollient.

What did I think of it?

-Very emollient, moisturizing
-Did eventually help get rid of my rash, though I don't know if that was an effect of my skin healing itself over time (downfall/decreased production of IgE antibodies) or this product, or a combination of the two
-Protects against chafing
-Relatively affordable ($6 at Walgreens for 1.75 oz, a little bit goes a long way, trust me)
-Relatively free of potentially irritating products such as fragrances or essential oils

-Really sticky, though perhaps a tiny bit less sticky than petroleum jelly (due to having extra ingredients)
-Comedogenic ingredients (though probably wouldn't be a problem if you have super dry skin and are not putting it onto your face if you have oily skin)

Would I repurchase this again? Well, I think this product is pretty good overall. It does its job. If I ran out of my first tube (which I have yet to make a dent in even) then I probably will repurchase it, if I need it.

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