Vaniply Ointment/Skin Protectant

We’ve previously discussed the use of skin protectants and ointments for irritated skin such as eczema skin.  One of my favorites is Vaniply ointment.  One frequent complaint I hear from patients about ointment is that it leaves the skin and clothing sticky and goopy, and that it’s difficult to apply.  Vaniply is somehow much smoother and much easier to spread.  It also doesn’t leave that really sticky feel behind.

Vaniply is made by the same company that makes Vanicream.  All of their products are meant to be hypoallergenic. Specifically, Vaniply is free of fragrance, preservatives, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers, sulfates, gluten, and chemical irritants.  Patients with eczema are more likely to develop contact dermatitis so it’s good that Vaniply has taken out all the above offenders.

So what does Vaniply contain?  1% dimethicone, C30-45 alkyl methicone, C30-45 olefin, hydrogenated polydecene, microcrystalline wax, polyethylene, silica dimethyl silylate

What are the uses of Vaniply?

It can function as a skin protectant — serving as an extra barrier between the skin and the outside world.   As such, you can use it over chapped lips, hands, feet, and elsewhere.  You can also use it in areas that develop a rash from constant moisture (think babies’ bottoms or skin folds).  It helps “seal” in the water content of the skin, so you could use it as part of the “soak and smear” method if you’re trying to hydrate the skin and then trap the moisture in (e.g. for those with eczema).  It can also be used as part of the wet wrapping procedure (again, often used in eczema patients).

Vaniply is “kid friendly” and has also received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

Sniffly yet again? Suffering from a sore, chafed Rudolph nose?

Image credit: Wikiphoto
Image credit: Wikiphoto

Sadly, I managed to catch another cold this winter season last week.  I guess it’s hard to avoid when you’re outnumbered by sniffly, sneezing kids at family holiday gatherings.  Unfortunately, the skin can take a beating from the frequent nose blowing, leading to a chafed, red, raw nose and making the cold even more unbearable!

Well, don’t fret, here are some tips to help prevent the Rudolph nose:

1. Use tissue that is soft and lotion infused. No nose blowing with paper towels or rough toilet paper! (Not that you would right?)

2. Protect your skin with petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline ointment) or an ointment like Aveeno healing ointment, Aquaphor Healing ointment, or Vaniply Ointment after blowing your nose or whenever it starts to feel dry and raw.  These double as good lip protectants since your lips might get dried out from all that mouth breathing when  you’re sick.

3. After washing your face, also protect the affected areas around your nose with the above ointments.

Hang in there!  Colds usually go away on their own in 1-2 weeks.