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How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment

How to Use Vicks VapoRub for Skin Treatment

Vicks VapoRub is a very common topical cream which harnesses menthol power to help your sinuses when you have a cold. You can rub it on your back for aches and pains associated with cold and flu symptoms or rub some on your chest and neck to help with coughing. However, 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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Mosquito Prevention

If you have 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 and rub some Vicks VapoRub around your shoulders and any exposed area as they don't care for the strong smell and should leave you alone.


Vicks VapoRub contains camphor which is not advised to be used on broken skin, so there is some debate over whether or not this is useful. However, there are many other ingredients such a peppermint and nutmeg oil which can have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. So use cautiously on unbroken acne, but do not use for a long period of time, only when you feel a break out on its way and you have nothing else to use.

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 more quickly. Works best when used as soon as possible to help prevent blood rising to the surface. Again, be careful if you have broken skin near the injury.

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 your eyes water. You shouldn't use Vicks VapoRub for a prolonged period of time as there are better options out there.

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 just be careful if the cracks are deep enough to expose the skin underneath.

Stretch Marks

Vicks VapoRub has another skin treatment which is useful for those who have maybe 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.

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 will spread the fungus, so 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 just in case it might spread through this.

Vicks VapoRub can be used as a treatment for mild skin condition issues. However, you should always be careful when using it, especially 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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