14 Natural Remedies For Ingrown Toenail (At Home)

Petroleum Jelly

Petrolatum, or petroleum jelly, is made of waxes and mineral oils that form a semi-solid substance. Its main ingredient, petroleum, helps seal the skin with a type of water-protective barrier, helping it heal and retain moisture. Since it promotes the healing of minor scrapes and injuries, treating an ingrown toenail may be effective. However, the area must be cleaned before its application, or it may trap pathogens and bacteria.

Beyond its healing properties, petroleum jelly can also act as a moisturizer, keeping the skin moist. It can also make the removal of makeup easier due to its oil content, and some have reported it to help get rid of crow’s feet or the fine lines that commonly form around the areas of the eyes. Moreover, it prevents stains from nail polish or hair dyes, making them easy to wipe away.  

However, always remember that it must only be used externally. It should never be consumed or used as vaginal lubrication. Some studies have found that many women who used it internally had developed bacterial vaginosis. Specific types and brands may also cause allergies, infections, and clogged pores. It’s recommended to stop using it if symptoms arise.