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Health Tip: Use Petroleum Jelly to Protect Your Skin

(HealthDay News) -- The skin is the largest organ in the human body. And petroleum jelly is an inexpensive, readily available way to help protect it.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests:

  • Apply petroleum jelly to damp skin, including lips and eyelids.

  • Apply it to minor cuts, scrapes and scratches to keep nearby skin from drying out.

  • Apply it to body areas prone to chafing.

  • Apply it after a diaper change if your child is prone to a rash.

  • Apply it to nails and cuticles between polishes. This will minimize brittleness and help prevent chipping.

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