Pros: Works Fast, Clear, No-Scent, Little goes a long way
Cons: Price, Greasy, similar to vaseline...
My 2 year old's skin has been getting so chapped due to cold winter weather and some windburn. Recently at the pediatrician's office I remarked that his skin chapped and dryed out so easily, no matter what lotions we used. He asked if I had tried Aquaphor, which is from the makers of Eucerin and I hadn't. So, he gave me a pamphlet with a $1 off coupon for it, and suggested that we try it out.
At the grocery store I found Aquaphor in 2 different sections. Over with all the skin care, lotion and cold cremes I found both a very small tube of the product as well as a larger tub of it. I'm not a fan of tub type products where you stick your fingers into the goop repeatedly so I picked up the tube, which was about $5 dollars. Later, during my trip down the baby aisle, I found Aquaphor again. This time, a larger tube of the Healing Ointment with a special notation for Baby across the front printed on pastel baby blocks. Comparing the ingredients of the two tubes in front of me, they appeared to be the same. But, the cost savings of the larger tube (for around $6) swayed me to pick up for Baby formula. It is my understanding that Aquaphor Healing Ointment for Babies in the 3 oz tube is identical to that found in the larger tub or smaller tube in the lotion aisle, they've merely packaged it differently for the different markets.
When to use it?
Though this product came recommended to me for chapped, dry, windburned cheeks the product is actually recommended for many other uses. According to the packaging, Aquaphor Healing Ointment - Baby is Pediatrician and Dermatologist reccommended for: Diaper rash, minor burns, sensitive skin, cracked, dry skin and chapped lips, chafed cheeks and mouth from drooling, and dry skin associated with atopic dermatitis.
Putting it to the test
We tried this out right away because I couldn't bear to look at my son's chapped cheeks and sore upper lip from his runny nose, which to me just hurt even to look at - poor little guy. I squeezed a generous amount of Aquaphor out and began to rub it into his skin.
The ointment is clear, and looks and feels similar to vaseline (not surprising because the main ingredient is the same - petrolatum). Unlike most baby products which are known for signature "baby fresh" scents, this product is completely unscented and fragrance-free which means it is gentle to sensitive skin. It does contain Lanolin, which is a common allergy, so that caught me by surprise. (A full ingredients list is included at the bottom of this review for those interested).
A little bit of Aquaphor Healing Ointment goes a long way. I quickly learned from using this product that if you apply too much it is very greasy - my son's cheeks and face were very shiny while the product got absorbed - which took some time.
Does it work?
For chapped cheeks A resounding "Yes!" Within hours my son's face looked healthy again and his cheeks were no longer dry, scaly or flaky but baby soft. If your little one gets a chapped or wind-burned face I highly recommend this product.
For soreness under the nose/upper lip it took us a second application of Aquaphor for my son's skin to return to normal. I also found that the product is really good to spread around the outer rim of the nostrils to help remove the yucky crusty boogies which get left behind from a running nose. My son refuses to let me wipe these away with a washcloth or baby wipe (as it can hurt a bit) so the Aquaphor helps soften it so that it can be wiped away. I know - its gross.. but it works.
Works on the other cheeks too! If your little one has a sore bottom or diaper rash, Aquaphor Healing Ointment may be just what you need to help clear things up. Once your baby's bottom is clean and dry, spread the Aquaphor on very liberally. Again, remember that this stuff is kind of greasy and it will stain clothing if it gets on it. I would recommend using it overnight - especially if your little one is a heavy wetter.
I am very pleased with Aquaphor Healing Ointment - Baby. Because a little bit goes a long way, I anticipate that this single tube will last us quite a while. This is a good thing, because at the price of nearly $6 for a 3 oz. tube, price is a considerable factor. Will I buy it again? You bet!
Hello, Aquaphor... Bye Bye, Sore Cheeks!
Ingredients List from the packaging
Active Ingredients: Petrolatum
Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol