petrolatum

noun
pet·​ro·​la·​tum | \ˌpe-trə-ˈlā-təm, -ˈlä- \

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According to Zeichner, petrolatum and petroleum jelly can interfere with the proper functioning of the skin, alter the vagina’s natural pH, and contribute to bacterial overgrowth. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 My treatment of choice for sunburn (including blistering ones) is cold white petrolatum jelly. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas mom's viral sunburn hack works, but it's not 'magical cure,' dermatologists warn," 3 July 2018 Those with acne-prone skin should be especially careful not to use ingredients that might cause breakouts like alcohol, heavy oils, or petrolatum. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "9 Mistakes You’re Making When You Moisturize Your Face," 14 Feb. 2018 Look for humectants that draw moisture to the top layer of your skin, like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, urea, lanolin, dimethicone, and petrolatum, says Dr. Levin. Katie Becker, Cosmopolitan, "8 Things Women With Super-Soft Skin Always Do," 26 May 2017 Then, apply an ointment or cream that contains softening oils (like olive or jojoba), vitamin E, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, or petrolatum, advises the AAD. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "How to Solve Irritation from Head to Toe," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of petrolatum

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrolatum

New Latin, from Medieval Latin petroleum

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petrolatum

noun
pet·​ro·​la·​tum | \ˌpe-trə-ˈlāt-əm, -ˈlät- \

Medical Definition of petrolatum 

: a neutral unctuous substance that is practically odorless and tasteless and is insoluble in water, that is obtained from petroleum and differs chemically from paraffin wax in containing unsaturated hydrocarbons or naphthenes as well as alkanes, and that is produced in several forms: as

a : a yellowish to light amber semisolid mass used chiefly as a base for ointments and cosmetics, as a protective dressing, and in lubricating greases

called also petroleum jelly, yellow petrolatum

b : a white or faintly yellowish mass obtained by decolorizing yellow petrolatum and used similarly to it

called also petroleum jelly, white petrolatum, white petroleum jelly

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