Is Vicks VapoRub Good For Acne?

Most people would say that pimples aren’t such a big deal, but try to walk in a teenager’s shoes, and you’ll see the big deal in every zit!

My daughter, a 19 year old drama queen, can write the entire scenario of a Bollywood’s movie when a pimple appears on her face, especially if it happens before an important event. Terrible! The whole universe breaks in front of her!

But one night, while I was scrolling down on Pinterest, I found this incredible article about zits and Vicks VapoRub and I was extremely surprised of what I read! Worth giving a shot, I said! But, does Vicks VapoRub treat acne? Hell, yeah!

First, what causes acne?

Well, the two main causes of acne are:

  • hormonal changes
  • sebum and dead cells build-up in the hair follicle

Whenever a pore gets clogged, a plug gets formed under the skin where bacteria can grow. Thus, swelling appears that can grow into a pimple and the irritation is visible when the plug pops-out!

But how does Vicks VapoRub treat acne?

Most people dealing with acne said that Vicks VapoRub is a real miracle and the most fearful enemy of acne, regardless its type. This product seems to have super powers due to the ingredients it contains, and here are some of Vicks VapoRub benefits:

  • works wonders to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with cysts
  • has instant effects by significantly reducing a pimple overnight (for cysts it will take a few days)
  • it’s cheaper than most acne products

Vicks VapoRub ingredients and their effect for acne

The exquisite combo of natural ingredients is held by a binding agent: petroleum jelly.

Eucalyptus– is a natural antibacterial that helps bringing the infection to skin surface. Applying raw eucalyptus directly on the skin can be a bit harsh, but the diluted quantity found in Vicks VapoRub is perfect.

Camphor – this waxy and whity substance is used to get rid of cough, but it seems very helpful in treating skin irritation and many fungal infections. Also, it has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce swelling instantly. Careful! Don’t use camphor on open wounds because it can be toxic.

Cedar Leaf Oil – this ingredient was used long time ago to treat rashes, but it seems incredibly good in treating acne as well. It controls very well skin’s sebum production.

Menthol – it’s well-known that menthol has anti-inflammatory properties making it one of the best natural painkillers. So, it will ease the pain produced by an inflamed pimple.

Nutmeg Oil – this ingredient has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties being one of the most active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub. The nutmeg oil will improve skin look by clearing-up pimples and reducing scars.

Thymol – is popular for its antiseptic properties, and even if is considered toxic for microorganisms, it has low toxicity in humans.

Turpentine Oil – it has the power to relief pain caused by big cysts.

Are there any side-effects in using Vicks VapoRub as acne treatment?

Even if there weren’t reported any side-effects in using Vicks VapoRub directly on skin, you should never ever used it on open wounds or broken skin, because some of the above ingredients can be toxic.

Good to know! Don’t apply Vicks VapoRub directly on squeezed pimples!

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