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Can Vaseline Help Your Eyelashes Grow?

If you are looking for a natural and inexpensive way to enhance your eyelashes, you might have heard of using Vaseline as a remedy. But does it really work? And is it safe to apply on your eyes? In this blog post, we will answer these questions and more, based on the latest scientific research and expert opinions.

What is Vaseline and how does it work?

Vaseline is a brand name for petroleum jelly, a product made of 100 percent purified white petrolatum. It has been used for over a century as a moisturizer and a healing agent for various skin conditions. Vaseline works by forming a protective layer on the skin’s surface, preventing moisture loss and keeping the skin hydrated. It can also penetrate the outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum), providing deeper moisturization.

What are the benefits of using Vaseline on your eyelashes?

Although Vaseline does not make your eyelashes grow longer, it can help to keep your lashes hydrated by locking in moisture and, in turn, preventing lash breakage. Vaseline is very gentle and when applied to your eyelid can often make your lashes appear thicker. Vaseline is also very budget-friendly, especially when compared to pricier skin care products. You only need a very small amount, so a little goes a long way. Vaseline is also typically safe on sensitive skin, as allergic reactions to petroleum jelly are rare. However, if you have any eye conditions or infections, you should consult your doctor before using Vaseline on your eyelashes.

How to use Vaseline on your eyelashes safely and effectively?

Here are some steps to follow if you want to try using Vaseline on your eyelashes:

  • Remove any makeup from your eyes and lashes. This will make it easier for the Vaseline to work its magic.
  • Warm up the Vaseline between your fingers and apply a lot of product to a clean mascara wand. You can also use a cotton swab or your finger, but make sure they are clean and bacteria-free.
  • Apply the Vaseline to your upper and lower lashes, coating both sides of your lashes thoroughly. Be careful not to get any in your eyes. If you wish, you can also smudge some of the Vaseline over your eyelid for smoother skin.
  • Leave the Vaseline on your lashes overnight and rinse it off with water in the morning. You can also use a gentle cleanser if the Vaseline is difficult to remove.
  • Repeat this process every night for a few weeks and see if you notice any difference in your lash length, thickness, or health.


Q: Can Vaseline make your eyelashes grow faster or thicker?

A: No, there is no scientific evidence that Vaseline can stimulate eyelash growth or increase eyelash thickness. Vaseline can only moisturize your eyelashes and make them look healthier and lusher.

Q: Are there any side effects or risks of using Vaseline on your eyelashes?

A: Vaseline is generally safe to use on your eyelashes, as long as you are not allergic to petroleum jelly and you do not have any eye conditions or infections. However, some possible side effects or risks of using Vaseline on your eyelashes are:

  • Eye irritation or infection. If you get Vaseline in your eyes, it can cause discomfort, redness, or inflammation. It can also trap dirt and bacteria in your eyes, leading to infection. To avoid this, make sure you apply Vaseline carefully and cleanly, and wash it off thoroughly in the morning.
  • Clogged pores or acne. If you apply too much Vaseline on your eyelids or face, it can clog your pores and cause acne or blackheads. To prevent this, use a small amount of Vaseline and wipe off any excess with a tissue.
  • Reduced effectiveness of other eye products. If you use Vaseline on your eyelashes, it can interfere with the absorption or performance of other eye products, such as eye creams, serums, or makeup. To avoid this, apply Vaseline after you have used your other eye products, or use it only at night.

Q: Are there any alternatives to Vaseline for eyelash care?

A: Yes, there are many other natural or synthetic products that you can use to moisturize, condition, or enhance your eyelashes. Some of them are:

  • Castor oil. Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. It can nourish and strengthen your eyelashes, as well as promote eyelash growth. To use castor oil on your eyelashes, apply a few drops to a clean mascara wand and brush it through your lashes before bedtime. Wash it off in the morning with warm water.
  • Coconut oil. Coconut oil is another vegetable oil that has moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It can hydrate and protect your eyelashes, as well as prevent eyelash loss. To use coconut oil on your eyelashes, melt a small amount of solid coconut oil in your hands and apply it to your lashes with a cotton swab or your finger. Leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning with water.
  • Eyelash serum. Eyelash serum is a synthetic product that contains ingredients that can stimulate eyelash growth, such as peptides, biotin, or prostaglandins. Eyelash serum can make your eyelashes longer, thicker, and darker, but it can also have some side effects, such as eye irritation, discoloration, or allergic reactions. To use eyelash serum on your eyelashes, follow the instructions on the product label and apply it to your lash line once or twice a day. Be careful not to get any in your eyes.


Vaseline is a simple and inexpensive way to moisturize and condition your eyelashes, but it cannot make them grow faster or thicker. Vaseline can make your eyelashes look healthier and fuller, but it can also have some drawbacks, such as eye irritation, clogged pores, or reduced effectiveness of other eye products. If you want to try using Vaseline on your eyelashes, make sure you do it safely and effectively, and consult your doctor if you have any concerns. Alternatively, you can also use other natural or synthetic products that can nourish or enhance your eyelashes, such as castor oil, coconut oil, or eyelash serum.

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