If, like us, your skin is struggling with this weird not-quite-summer-but-really-should-be weather and breaking out, don’t panic. We’ve come across an easy, fuss-free spot deterrent that you’ll likely already have at home.
Vicks Vapour Rub is moving its way up in the ranks of fail-safe spot treatments, with some of the many success stories on online forums rating it higher than Sudocrem.
Over the years a variety of everyday products like toothpaste, Sudocrem and even crushed Asprin have helped reduce and soothe spot flare ups with at-home remedies becoming cult skincare solutions amongst beauty bloggers and beauty Editor’s alike.
Whilst we were initially surprised to hear all the praise of Vapour Rub as a skincare saviour, scientifically it does add up. Active ingredients within Vicks are known to be anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which can help to regulate the levels of sebum production. Vicks signature product is high in anti-inflammatory products, acting as a natural antiseptic that’s great for soothing skin and reducing the inflammation and swelling.
However it’s worth remembering that although the menthol component in Vicks makes it ideal for relieving blocked noses and congested sinuses during winter months. The Eucalyptus oil and Levomenthol that’s responsible for the minty freshness that soothes phlegmy coughs during Cold season can be quite overwhelming when applied too close to your eyes or nose, with almost immediate streaming occurring (from both!) as a result. It’s definitely worth being a little cautious with your application should you opt to try out the ointment on your blemishes.
Vicks Vapour Rub, £4.35, Boots
Although so many people have been praising Vicks for helping to soothe and reduce stubborn cases of cystic acne, thick petroleum jelly is a main component of the Vapour Rub. Which due to its greasy, properties can actually clog pores and follicles causing unwanted, avoidable inflammation.
Additionally whilst the anti-bacterial menthol and oil-balancing camphor ingredients within Wicks can help, they’re just not as easily tolerated by sensitive skin as more dermatologically tested and approved skincare alternatives like salicylic acid. Which is a beta hydroxy acid that fights the appearance of blemishes.
So, whilst some users may boast rave results from using Vapour Rub as part of their skincare routine we’d recommend saving yours for its intended use and sticking to professional skincare treatments that are dermatologically tested and approved. Rather than raiding your medicine cupboard.