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Vaseline for a Dry Nose

author image Daniel Bradley
Daniel Bradley is a health, fitness, sport and nutrition expert in Philadelphia, Pa. He began writing professionally in 2007 and has contributed to the Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine Chapter's Research Panel. Bradley is a certified ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and an outdoor fitness instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in exercise science with a physical therapy concentration from West Chester University.
Vaseline for a Dry Nose
Try to keep your nose skin from cracking by using Vaseline jelly. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Vaseline is known to help moisturize and heal skin. Sometimes people are wary of putting ointments, creams and jellies onto and into body openings such as the nose. If you have a dry and irritated nose, It's probably safe to help it heal with small amounts of Vaseline.

Dry and Damaged Skin

If you are suffer from dry skin, you lack moisture. Typically your skin is rough and irritated as it begins to crack. Damaged skin can come from decreased natural lubrication due to aging, cool weather with low humidity, excessive bathing, excessive heat and frictional irritation. If left untreated, damaged skin may result in dermatitis, which is dry, itchy and red skin.

Treating the Nose With Vaseline

Vaseline forms a sealant that keeps water in the skin, deterring dryness. It can also eliminate dryness by preventing any further water from leaving the skin, which helps internal repair of the skin. Vaseline is also used for healing cuts and scrapes on the skin. The occlusive barrier of Vaseline seals the skin damage. This prevents dirt and bacteria from entering the cut, which assists the body's healing process

Lipoid Pnuemonia

When Vaseline is applied to the inside of the nostrils, it drains down the back of the nose with normal nasal fluids and is swallowed. According to the Mayo Clinic, on rare occasions small amounts of the jelly can migrate into the trachea and lungs. Over a large span of time, the jelly can collect in the lungs and lead to a potentially serious inflammation called lipoid pneumonia. Sometimes lipoid pneumonia causes no signs or symptoms, but lipoid pneumonia may cause cough, chest pain or shortness of breath.

Season Significance

Typically your nose becomes dry and cracked more during cold and low humidity conditions. People often need the balms and ointments in late fall and in winter. Try to combat the cold by placing Vaseline under your nose before heading out, or wear a cloth protector around your mouth and nose.

Vasalines Benefits for the Body

Vaseline has other uses on the body. You can apply it to the lips to use its occlusive properties as a balm, which can soothe the surface of the lips and prevent moisture loss. Vaseline can be used as an overall beauty aid that help cracks in the skin, and to help with split ends in the hair because dry and damaged hair is partially a result of moisture loss. Vaseline contains a paraffin wax that softens the skin to help with callouses and skin texture.

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