If you have eczema, you know the feeling of your skin cracking and itching. You may even have tried using petroleum jelly to help soothe your symptoms. But can this product actually help treat eczema?
The jury is still out on whether or not petroleum jelly is an effective treatment for eczema, but some studies suggest that it may be helpful in treating dyshidrotic eczema specifically. Dyshidrotic eczema is a type of eczema that causes blisters on the hands and feet. One study found that applying petrolatum to affected areas three times daily for two weeks led to significant improvement in symptoms compared to no treatment at all.
Another small study looked at the use of a cream containing both petrolatum and zinc oxide in people with mild-to-moderate dyshidrotic eczema. The results showed that those who used the cream had significantly less itching, redness, dryness, and scaling after four weeks than those who did not use any cream at all. However, it’s important to note that these studies were very small (involving only 20-30 participants) and more research is needed before we can say definitively that petroleum jelly can help treat dyshidrotic eczema symptoms.
What is dyshidrotic eczema?
Dyshidrotic eczema, also known as pompholyx, is a type of eczema that results in small, itchy blisters on the hands and feet. The cause of dyshidrotic eczema is unknown, but it may be related to stress or other underlying health conditions. Treatment for dyshidrotic eczema typically involves using moisturizers and anti-itch creams to relieve symptoms. In severe cases, oral corticosteroids or light therapy may be necessary.