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Very Thick Greasy and Sticky for Use During a Working Day
on July 2, 2012
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment comes in a fairly large, reasonably priced tub. The manufacturer states that it is free of fragrance and preservatives, and is therefore hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. These are two very important considerations for those of us with sensitive/irritated skin,of course. The manufacturer further states that the ointment is able to absorb three times its weight in water, and is recommended by pediatricians and dermatologists. My dermatologist recommended it to me for my constantly dry, cracking hands.
The product is, of course, for external use only, and should be kept away from the eyes. It shouldn't be used on animal bites, serious burns, or deep puncture wounds. It will temporarily protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns, and chapped or cracked skin; and is useful in protecting skin from the drying effects of windy or cold weather. It's also, of course, a useful product for baby/toddler care.
One important reason I need a rich ointment for my skin is that I find myself, pretty much on a daily basis, using disinfectant sheets on my cats' litter box; the sheets help keep the litter box bearable. But they are murder on the skin, and I've been instructed by my dermatologist to wash hands immediately after using a sheet and apply ointment. I did, however, have a problem with this ointment: it is 41% petrolatum (popularly known as Vaseline), and is awfully thick, greasy and sticky for use in the middle of the day. My dermatologist did, in fact, agree with me that this ointment is too sticky for use during a working day. I've another problem with this product: it is reasonably inexpensively priced, but is, in fact, largely petrolatum and mineral oil, and they are two of the cheapest substances available. I'm no chemist, it might be difficult to combine those two substances, the word "emulsion" rings in my head. But it seems to me Aquaphor might be even more reasonably priced considering its ingredients.