Lotions do an okay job of keeping already-soft skin that way.
When you have extremely dry, cracked, or damaged skin, basic lotions often don’t do enough.
Let’s see which is the better choice.
How are Aquaphor and Eucerin Different?
First off, Aquaphor is actually made by the Eucerin company.
Many people use them for the same reasons, but the two products are different.
Aquaphor is made with 41% petroleum jelly. That ingredient may be familiar from Vaseline, which is 99% petroleum jelly.
Aquaphor isn’t as greasy as Vaseline, but it is still thick and greasy compared to most lotions. This is important as it creates a barrier to keep moisture in.
Eucerin is available as a creme or lotion. In either form, Eucerin is less greasy than Aquaphor.
This makes it more comfortable to put on in sensitive areas such as the hands, neck, and face.
The creme version of Eucerin, while still a bit greasy, will generally have more “healing power” than the lotion form.
Now let’s compare Aquaphor and Eucerin’s effectiveness.
Aquaphor is the better choice for more problematic skin issues.
Some examples include:
- Severe dry skin (cracking and itching)
- Moderate to severe eczema
- Diaper rash
- Friction burns
While Eucerin creme can be used for any of the above issues, Aquaphor’s petroleum barrier makes it more effective.
If your skin issues are more in the mild to moderate range, I would use Eucerin.
It’s less greasy, so it’s more comfortable on your skin and not as messy if it rubs off on clothing or furniture.
Eucerin is still very effective against dry skin, and should do more for you than most lotions.
Aquaphor Baby vs Aquaphor
As far as I’ve been able to find, Aquaphor Baby is identical to regular Aquaphor.
The ingredient list is identical, and they’re both fragrance and dye free.
At some point I think the choice was made to sell a version with “Baby” on the label so people know it’s safe for use with infants and young children.
Both versions come in 7 or 14 ounce containers and should be priced the same, so it’s safe to choose either one.
Uses for Aquaphor or Eucerin
These two products can help heal a wide variety of skin issues. Below are some of the common uses.
Studies have shown that moist wound healing is faster than dry wound healing. Not only that, but pain and scarring are reduced.
Once a wound is cleaned and given time to stop bleeding, Aquaphor can be applied. It’ll add a barrier to keep moisture in and allow for faster healing.
It can also help slow or stop the growth of bacteria, preventing an infection.
First-degree heat burns
You should first run the burn under cold water for at least 5 minutes. Air dry the skin, then gently apply a thin layer over the affected area.
The skin on the soles of our feet is different from the rest of the body. It contains no oil glands, so dries out easily.
Cracked skin and calluses are more likely to appear as a result.
With just a few steps and some overnight healing, you can drastically improve dry feet.
Step 1: Soak in soapy water
Add warm water to a bucket or tub. Then put a small amount of your favorite liquid soap in the water.
Soak your feet for about 15 minutes.
Step 2: Exfoliating scrub
Now that the water has softened up the dry skin a bit, it’s time to work on the rough areas of your feet.
When finished, rinse your feet off. Use a towel to pat them dry.
Step 3: Let Aquaphor go to work
It’s time to moisturize.
Apply a thick layer of Aquaphor on your feet. Stretch a pair of socks over your feet, taking care not to rub away the ointment as you put them on.
Wear the socks overnight. In the morning, wash away the ointment and see the improvement!
The key here is a thin layer.
Aquaphor also works great as a top layer above your favorite moisturizer.
The ingredients are gentle enough that irritation is rarely an issue.
If you are prone to acne or clogged pores, be sure to use the product sparingly and only on dry areas of skin.
For moderate to severe cases of eczema, you should first consult with a doctor.
In mild cases with small areas of inflammation, Aquaphor can help. First dampen the area with a wet cloth or soak it, then apply a generous amount.
Red, cracking, flaking, or peeling nail beds are a sign of dry skin.
For very damaged cuticles, try applying more of the ointment before bed and wearing gloves overnight.
If you couldn’t tell by all the uses I recommended for Aquaphor, I think it’s the more versatile and powerful product.
Aquaphor should have a home in every medicine cabinet.
That said, Eucerin is more pleasant on the skin.
If you find that Aquaphor is just too thick and greasy for your liking, Eucerin is a great alternative. It’s still thicker than most lotions, but with better results.