Angular cheilitis home remedies abound but the combination of dish soap with Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is one of the more highly regarded and popular treatments for this troublesome skin condition. Can concentrated dish soap, say Palmolive or Dawn, with ooey gooey Vaseline, form an effective one-two punch against perleche?
Let’s look at the theory: It would appear that it’s best to use antibacterial dishwashing soap to treat bacteria-caused perleche. Hypothetically, the soap can disinfect the cuts and decrease the volume of bacteria.
Perhaps it’s best to use paper towels and lovingly rub the corners of your mouth with the dish soap. Those more adventurous souls can use a light scrubbing motion. This may sting so be careful. Once the area is completely dry, a process that takes about 15 to 20 minutes, Vaseline may then be employed, gently rubbed on the perleche.
The Vaseline may deprive the bacteria, or even fungus, of the moisture necessary to replicate. (You should keep the Vaseline on for at least an hour to ensure this type of moisture deprivation.)
You don’t need to have a strong chemistry background to see the potential of this angular cheilitis dish soap Vaseline treatment. However, not to necessarily throw water on the theory, the combo plan of dishwashing soap with Vaseline may do little, if anything, for the infection. It is our contention that there are better treatment options that tackle the inherent perleche-caused bacteria or fungi.
Moreover, this home treatment may be too harsh for some angular cheilitis sufferers. Some report that the affected area becomes too dried out with dish soap. Once again, individual response will vary, so we’re not going to put a ‘thumb’s down’ on this option. Proceed with caution, however, and see the end result firsthand. Of course, cease and desist if you notice a worsening of the symptoms.
The goal is to deprive the bacteria or fungi of oxygen and create a dry, moisture-free environment, if possible. This treatment will not work overnight but may take up to 3 days, if at works at all. Indeed, this is not our ‘go to’ angular cheilitis elimination remedy but may be worth investigating, using trial and error.
Be cautious if you undertake the angular cheilitis dish soap Vaseline remedy, as obviously, you don’t want to get anything in your mouth. But perleche is in a difficult-to-treat area so the same can be written about other treatment options.
Dish soap with Vaseline may prove to be your holy grail treatment but we’re not jumping on this bandwagon. But even if it helps a little, say if Vaseline eases the pain, you can take a ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’ approach.
Still, one last word of caution: Vaseline has a strong affinity for water and may suck the moisture out of the thin skin around the lips, exacerbating the symptoms. Again, our recommendation is to review other remedies highlighted on our site as the angular chelitis dish soap Vaseline treatment is far from our favorite one.