Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy – 2021 Review

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This post will be reviewing the Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy.

The other day, I reviewed the Cerave Healing Ointment and decided to put this review up as soon as possible because it is winter. A lot of people experience dryness and sometimes regular moisturizers don’t cut it. You need that extra layer of an occlusive to keep your skin moisturized and protected.

The first time I got into occlusives in 2019, I started with Cerave. But then as I got more involved in the online skincare communities, I discovered its equally popular twin; Aquaphor. While I felt like there wasn’t going to be that much difference between the two Petrolatum-based products, I had to try them to review for my readers. But to my surprise, they are actually slightly different.

So today, I’m going to deep dive into this healing ointment and share what makes it different from the rest.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy - 2021 Review

First Impressions of the Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy

I don’t know who need to hear this but this product is not a moisturizer. Ointments which are typically Petrolatum/Mineral Oil/Lanolin based will not moisturize. Instead, they will keep your skin from losing moisture. The major goal of these products is to heal and protect your skin. So, if you have a solid skincare routine in place, this product will go at the very end of your routine.

Overview/Product Promise

Acording to Aquaphor:

One essential solution for many skincare needs: Aquaphor Healing Ointment is uniquely formulated to restore smooth, healthy skin. Different from a lotion or cream, this multi-purpose ointment protects and soothes extremely dry skin, chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, minor cuts and burns, and many other skin irritations, so you can get on with your day comfortably.

  • #1 Dermatologist recommended for dry, cracked skin, chapped lips, cracked cuticles and dry feet and heels*
  • Clinically proven to restore smooth, healthy skin
  • Uniquely formulated with 41% Petrolatum to allow oxygen to flow and help heal the skin
  • Skin protectant ointment with Panthenol and Glycerin to moisturize, nourish and protect the skin to enhance healing
  • It protects and helps relieve chapped, dry, cracked or irritated skin and lips
  • Protects and soothes minor cuts, scrapes and burns
  • Protects skin from drying effects of wind and cold weather
  • Preservative and fragrance-free
  • Ideal size for the whole family

Now, let’s dig into the ingredient list shall we?

Ingredient List

Active ingredient: Petrolatum (41%) – Skin protectant
Inactive ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol

Compared to Cerave Healing Ointment:



See how different they both are? Aquaphor is simply a skin protectant without any extra benefits but that doesn’t mean they aren’t both good. In my experience, they can be used interchangeably in your routine.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy - 2021 Review

Texture & Consistency

The Aquaphor Healing Ointment also has a soft thick consistency and that is non-greasy. Compared to Cerave which has a greasy finish, this one has a matte finish. It actually looks like refined Vaseline and as such I will recommend this for people with oily skin. As opposed to Cerave which I think is better suited for dry skin.

Price & Packaging

Just like all drugstore brands, this product comes in different sizes according to your needs. Plus it is also affordable and easily accessible. If you are not sure where to start from, I suggest you start with the smallest size and move your way up if your skin likes it.

Review of the Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy

I’ve been using this product as the last step in my skincare routine for over a month now and I’ve been enjoying it a lot.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy - 2021 Review


I have dry dehydrated skin which gets really bad during the winter. As such, I have an extensive winter skincare routine. This means that I layer quite a number of hydrating products in both my AM & PM routines. Last year, I went searching for thick emollient moisturizers and there was none that kept my skin moisturized overnight. This is when I finally decided that occlusive will be part of my routine.

After layering several products and finishing with a moisturizer, I follow up with the Aquaphor Healing Ointment. So far, this method has worked for me because there are fewer chances for my skin to break out from Petrolatum or Lanolin. My skin is not clogged by this heavy product neither does it react to it. Instead, I get soft moisturized skin in the morning depending on my sleeping position.

A couple of years ago, I used Rosehip Oil as my occlusive but I always still woke up with dry flakey skin. Now that I have switched to Aquaphor, I never get flaky skin anymore. Best believe it has become a staple in my dry skincare routine.

Who Should Use Aquaphor Healing Ointment?

  • Anyone suffering from dry hands, cuticles, chapped lips and cracked feet.
  • Anyone on prescription-based Tretinoin struggling with flakey skin, irritation or redness.
  • Those with sensitive skin that use a lot of actives and are easily irritated.
  • Anyone that struggles with dry winter skin.
  • Anyone that needs healing from wounds, burns, gunshots or tattoos.

Aquaphor vs Vaseline

They are pretty much the same except that Vaseline is 100% Petrolatum alone while Aquaphor is 41% Petrolatum with Mineral Oil and Lanolin which have great healing properties. Unfortunately, a lot of people are sensitive to Lanolin which makes the Cerave Healing Ointment a better alternative.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy - 2021 Review

Aquaphor vs Cerave Healing Ointment

Again, the major difference here is the percentages of Petrolatum as well as other added benefits. Aquaphor has 41% Petrolatum with Mineral Oil and Lanolin. While Cerave Healing Ointment has 46.5% Petrolatum with Ceramides, Cholesterol and Hyaluronic Acid.

Alternative Occulsives to Petrolatum

If your skin doesn’t quite agree with Petrolatum based products, here are two alternatives:

In Conlusion,

While the Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy might be too heavy for other seasons, it is the perfect winter companion. Anytime my skin is dry, irritated or sensitized, this product calm my skin down in minutes. If you haven’t gotten on the Aquaphor train, it is not too late.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Between Aquaphor and Cerave, which is your favourite healing ointment?

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