There are a number of different uses for Aquaphor. The medicated ointment can help treat and prevent diaper rash; protect minor cuts, scrapes, and burns; protect skin from the drying effects of cold weather and wind; and relieve chapped or cracked lips or skin. It works as a barrier to seal in skin's natural moisture and to seal out irritants.
What Is Aquaphor Used For?
Aquaphor® Healing Ointment is a nonprescription product used for a variety of different purposes. Specifically, it is labeled for the following uses:
- Temporarily protecting and relieving chapped or cracked lips or skin
- Protecting skin from the drying effects of cold weather and wind
- Temporarily protecting minor cuts, scrapes, and burns
- Treating and preventing diaper rash.
Aquaphor is often recommended by healthcare providers for soothing skin that has been damaged by radiation treatments, tattoo removal, and dermatological procedures or treatments. It is also frequently used by pharmacists as a base for making other products.
How Does Aquaphor Work?
Aquaphor works as a protective barrier to seal in skin's natural moisture and to seal out irritants. It also helps to soothe and heal the skin. It is different from plain white petrolatum (Vaseline®) in that it contains several other moisturizing or healing ingredients. Aquaphor contains the following ingredients:
- Petrolatum (41.1 percent)
- Mineral oil
- Lanolin alcohol
Aquaphor Healing Ointment vs. Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
There is no difference between these two products, other than the packaging and labeling. Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment will most likely be found among other baby products, while Aquaphor Healing Ointment is usually found with other skin products. They can be used interchangeably. There is also no difference between the smaller tubes and the larger jars.