Postoperative wound care after dermatologic procedures: A comparison of 2 commonly used petrolatum-based ointments

Adisbeth Morales-Burgos, Michael P. Loosemore, Leonard Harry Goldberg

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Abstract

An appropriate selection of topical agents for wound care is important to promote uncomplicated healing. Petrolatum-based ointments, such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment (AHO) and white petroleum jelly, are commonly employed to keep wounds moist postoperatively. While they have beneficial properties for wound healing, they also may cause wound redness and swelling. We decided to evaluate for wound reactivity postoperatively for these 2 commonly used petrolatum-based ointments. We found that surgical wounds treated with AHO had a higher incidence of wound redness (52%) than those treated with plain white petrolatum (12%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-164
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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