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How To Get Vaseline Off Skin | 4 Removal Keys

Vaseline has multiple applications and uses, but the one thing that is universally annoying about it is that it seems to stubbornly stick to skin. Getting rid of that greasy feeling on your fingers or body is challenging. However, it is possible if you apply a few useful techniques.

The best way to get vaseline off your skin is by washing it off with grease-cutting soap. Wiping the area with a dry towel or a konjac sponge also works. Whichever method you choose, always make sure to use warm water to prevent the Vaseline from thickening. 

Let’s get into more detail about these methods and how you can remove Vaseline from your skin efficiently. 

Vaseline on a Spoon in Front of a the Jar of Vaseline

1. Wash it Off With Grease Cutting Dish Soap 

Vaseline doesn’t come off with just any soap. It needs to be washed off with soap made to cut through grease. This kind of soap removes all the Vaseline without the need for multiple washes. That’s unlike conventional soap, which leaves some behind if you don’t wash the area several times. 

Grease-cutting soaps contain a component that surrounds oil, separating it from the skin and ensuring it gets washed away without sticking to your skin. So when you wash Vaseline with this kind of soap, the oil gets separated from the skin and trapped by the soap, allowing it to wash away with the soap as you rinse. 

2. Wipe the Area With a Konjac Sponge

A Konjac Sponge is a popular vegan cleansing tool with many uses in facial skincare. While it can help your face skincare routine, a konjac sponge can also provide the rest of your body with a deep exfoliating experience. In fact, many people use it when their skin is dry or just needs some extra exfoliation

To use it to remove Vaseline, soak it in warm water for a few minutes, wring out the water, and start scrubbing the Vaseline off your skin. The konjac sponge will scrub the Vaseline from your skin, allowing you to rinse it off. Make sure your rinse the sponge thoroughly before using it again to ensure that the Vaseline residue is gone.

3. Use Warm Water

When attempting to get Vaseline off your skin, you want to use warm water instead of cold. For the best results, you’ll most likely need to combine it with one of the other options listed here. For instance, you can soak a Konjac sponge, a soft cloth, or a towel in warm water and use it to clean Vaseline off your skin.

The reason we recommend using warm water for Vaseline removal is that cool water causes Vaseline to thicken and even clump. This makes it more difficult to get it off of your skin, as clumping allows the oils in Vaseline to stick to your skin more firmly. 

So always use warm water during Vaseline removal, or you may make it even harder to get off your skin. 

4. Wipe the Areas With a Dry Towel or Cloth

Unfortunately, washing with regular soap doesn’t always get the job done, and water by itself won’t be enough. A dry towel or cloth is a reliable backup in such situations.

Wiping the area with one of these two items is a great way to dry your skin as you get that last bit of Vaseline off your skin. This way, you avoid staining your clothes with oil residues that water alone may miss. 

What Happens if You Leave Vaseline on Your Skin?

An Open Container of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Leaving Vaseline on your skin can cause you to break out and leave your skin feeling greasy. On the other hand, Vaseline can help keep your skin moisturized throughout the day if left on. 

Vaseline is a great way to heal your skin. While people commonly use it to soothe dry skin, you can also use it to help with burns, blisters, itchiness, or even to help an irritated nose when you have a cold. 

Its wide range of uses is why people commonly leave Vaseline on their skin for extended periods. However, there are potential downsides to that. 

One major downside to leaving Vaseline on your skin is how it feels. While it may not bother many people, the greasy feeling of Vaseline can deter people from wanting to leave it on their skin for extended periods. So after use, many people may choose to wash it off in an attempt to stop feeling too greasy or oily. 

A more serious reason you may not want to leave Vaseline on your skin is that it can cause breakouts. While Vaseline can help hold moisture in your skin, it can also hold dirt in too. When this happens, your skin pores get clogged, effectively increasing your chances of developing acne.

Does Vaseline Absorb Into the Skin?

Vaseline absorbs into the skin very slowly, leaving a layer of oil on top of the skin. It does not absorb like a moisturizer. Instead, it forms an oily barrier on the skin. So while your skin absorbs some Vaseline, most of it remains on the surface. 

When you apply lotion to your skin, you rub it in, knowing the remainder will absorb into the skin. Vaseline is very different because it has a slow absorption process that causes it to sit on top of your skin for a long time. 

So when you apply Vaseline, it should not be with the intention of it fully absorbing into your skin. That won’t happen quickly enough, and most of it will likely rub off your clothing or bedding before it gets absorbed. If it doesn’t rub off something, it’ll sit on your skin until your wash or wipe it off.

How Do You Wash Vaseline Off Your Face?

Woman Applying Petroleum Jelly to Her Neck

The best way to wash Vaseline off your face is to use an oil-fighting cleanser, warm water, and a cloth. This combination will allow you to remove Vaseline from your face without using hand soap or other alternatives that can cause you to break out. 

To remove vaseline using the three items prescribed above, follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Gently rub the cleanser onto your face with your fingertips.
  3. Rinse your face with warm water.
  4. Dry off using a clean cloth.

Is It Okay To Leave Vaseline on My Face Overnight?

It is okay to leave Vaseline on your face overnight as it can help lock in moisture and make your skin look and feel great. Remember that if you choose to leave it on overnight, you should wash your face in the morning to get rid of the excess Vaseline. 

While there are risks of leaving Vaseline on your face for too long, leaving it on overnight can really benefit your skin. It adds a layer to your face that locks in moisture so that your face develops naturally. 

But there are some rules to follow if you choose to do this. For starters, you want to ensure you wash it off in the morning. We already discussed the lasting properties of Vaseline, so you know the risks of leaving it on your skin for too long. Washing it off in the morning will remove that remaining layer allowing your skin to breathe and preventing breakouts. 

Another important rule to follow if you want to leave it on overnight is to ensure your face is clean before applying it. Vaseline acts as a barrier to hold moisture in, but it will also hold dirt and oils on your face too. So if your face isn’t clean before you apply it, you risk trapping dirt and oil on your face all night, which isn’t healthy. 

Final Thoughts

Vaseline has many benefits for your skin, but it is also important to wash it off. If you need more than a towel or sponge to remove it, make sure you use soap or cleanser that combats oils. These soaps are formulated to lift oils from the skin, and they will do the same for Vaseline.

For more, check out Does Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Expire or Go Bad?