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How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: March 15, 2017
How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment

Vicks VapoRub is a very common topical cream which harnesses menthol power to help sinuses when you have a cold. You can rub it on your back for aches and pains associated with cold and flu symptoms. Rubbing some on your chest and neck can help with coughing. It is a fast acting and powerful little serum which has been known to have other applications when used on other parts of the skin. oneHOWTO shares this tips with you in our article on how to use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment.

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  1. Mosquito Prevention
  2. Acne
  3. For Bruises
  4. Dry Skin
  5. Cracked Heels
  6. Stretch Marks
  7. Athlete's Foot

Mosquito Prevention

Have you ever heard that dreaded high pitch buzz when trying to get to sleep telling you a mosquito is sharing your sleeping quarters? There may be a better option than breaking your bed springs jumping up and down trying to swat the little menace with an encyclopedia. Instead, remain calm and in bed. Rub some Vicks VapoRub around your shoulders and any exposed area. Mosquitos don't care for the strong smell. After you apply the Vicks Vaporub they should leave you alone.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - Mosquito Prevention


Vicks VapoRub contains camphor which is not advised to be used on broken skin. Because of this there is some debate over whether or not it is useful. However, there are many other ingredients such a peppermint and nutmeg oil which have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Use cautiously on unbroken acne, but do not use for a long period of time. Only use when you feel a break out on its way and you have no other options.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - Acne

For Bruises

Rub a little Vicks on the bruised area. It will not help get rid of the bruise per sé, but it can help it to fade quicker. Works best when used as soon as possible to prevent blood rising to the surface. Again, be careful if you have broken skin near the injury.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - For Bruises

Dry Skin

Vicks VapoRub can be used on patches of dry skin as a quick moisturizer. However, if you have dry and damaged skin on your face it is not recommended to use here. Not only might the ingredients affect the sensitive area, but the menthol will make eyes water. You shouldn't use Vicks VapoRub for a prolonged period of time as there are better options out there.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - Dry Skin

Cracked Heels

The skin here is a little different to the broken skin you might have from a cut or bite. It shouldn't penetrate deep into the skin, but skin treatment for the hard skin which forms on heels should be OK. Rub some in to the cracked areas and be careful if the cracks are deep enough to expose the skin underneath.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - Cracked Heels

Stretch Marks

Vicks VapoRub has another skin treatment which is useful for those who have lost some weight recently. Whether do to weight change, pregnancy, injury or simple wear and tear, stretch marks are very common. If you rub the VapoRub on the loose skin, it might help tighten the area and help make those stretch marks fade.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - Stretch Marks

Athlete's Foot

This skin treatment with Vicks VapoRub is one which which can help get rid of the nasty fungus we know as athlete's foot. Rubbing the VapoRub between your toes will help get rid of the microbes which spread the fungus. If you have a minor attack you can rub it in to help the process along. It also can be used preventively if you are using a public shower where this fungus might spread. Rub it between the toes and on your feet to stop it from getting at the skin. You can also put some on if you are wearing someone else's shoes in case it might spread through this.

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment - Athlete's Foot

Vicks VapoRub can be used as a treatment for mild skin condition issues. You should always be careful when using it. This is especially so if there is a possibility you could be allergic to it or any of its ingredients. If you have acute symptoms from any of the issues we have discussed, don't take the risk and seek a physician's advice.

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