Petrolatum is a common ingredient in skin care and personal care products. It has been used for more than 100 years to treat a myriad of skin complaints and is considered one of the best moisturising ingredients available. It effectively acts as a barrier, locking moisture in whilst at the same time protecting skin from the outside environment.
There is some controversy over the use of petrolatum, most of which is unfounded. Concern has been raised that it contain toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) however petrolatum used for pharmaceutical or cosmetic purposes must pass rigorous tests including absence of PAH's. Our petrolatum is of course pharmaceutical grade, meeting the very high standards of the European Pharmacopeia 7.0.