I was recently doing some research regarding at-home acne treatments on the internet, and I came across an interesting forum discussing the use of Vick’s Vapour Rub for cystic pimples. Numerous individuals had engaged in said forum expressing their content with the use of Vick’s for cystic blemishes, so naturally I headed to the nearest drug store and purchased a jar of my own.
Don’t get me wrong, I was rather skeptical of this acne remedy when I first stumbled across it. I was unsure of how the medicinal ingredients in Vick’s would interact with my own skin, but after doing extensive research I was reassured that nothing in the product would irritate or worsen the condition of my skin.
The acne-fighting ingredients within Vick’s Vapour Rub include menthol, eucalyptus oil, camphor, cedar leaf oil, nutmeg oil, thymol and turpentine oil. The oils are held together with petroleum jelly, which to my surprise is actually non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores. It sits on the surface of the skin and acts as a barrier for the remaining ingredients to be absorbed into pores without entering the pores itself.
Applying Vick’s within close proximity to your mouth or eyes is not recommended in case it comes into contact with either – some of the ingredients can be toxic if consumed. Therefore, if applying the ointment to spots overnight, be sure to keep the rub away from the eyes and mouth.
Furthermore, it is not recommended that the rub be applied to the entire face. Simply dot the ointment onto blemishes with a q-tip and leave on the skin overnight. The rub may stain pillowcases and sheets, so also be wary of this possibility.
I have personally experienced positive results from this acne treatment, and despite it working successfully for me this tactic is not necessarily for all persons. Be sure to do your research and have an understanding of what may or may not irritate your skin.
Vick’s Vapour Rub is inexpensive and is widely available, making it a more efficient alternative to expensive acne ointments and spot treatments. Again, this is my personal opinion and addresses my own experiences, so please be cautious if choosing to explore this acne treatment.