The main ingredient in Aquaphor Healing Ointment is petrolatum, an active protecting ingredient. Petrolatum sits on the skin as a semi-occlusive barrier that lets it protect itself while allowing moisture and oxygen in. Inactive ingredients found in Aquaphor Healing Ointment are mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, glycerin and bisabolol.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment is best known for keeping wounds and scars moist so they can heal, using petrolatum to form an ointment. The lanolin alcohol in Aquaphor (also known as wool wax) has cholesterol and fatty acids that help make the skin smoother. Glycerin is a natural moisturizing factor that helps to keep the wound moisturized. Panthenol, also known as pro vitamin B5, helps to condition the wound and has humectant properties. Bisabolol is derived from the chamomile plant, and it acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic.
Aquaphor contains no perfumes, scents, preservatives or dyes. Aquaphor Healing Ointment can be used to treat new or old wounds effectively over time and with daily use. The proper way to apply Aquaphor is by cleaning the wound, applying Aquaphor Healing Ointment and then immediately applying a bandage to the wound. Aquaphor Healing Ointment is sold over the counter at major retail stores.