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Aquaphor is a multi-purpose skin ointment. It can be used to moisturize tattoos, baby bottoms and dry skin. Aquaphor contains petroleum, in addition to glycerin, mineral oil and cresin. It decreases healing time, and also soothes irritated skin due to radiation treatments and dermatitis. Aquaphor creates a barrier that seals moisture into the skin.


Cetaphil is a dermatologist-recommended skin cream that is an Aquaphor alternative. Cetaphil also is ideal for dry and sensitive skin, in addition to being fragrance-free.It can be used on areas that need intensive moisturizing, as well as on skin affected by eczema and psoriasis. It contains ingredients such as petroleum, glycerin and sweet almond oil. A quality of Cetaphil that causes some to prefer it to Aquaphor is that Cetaphil is not greasy and can be used on the face.

Zinc Oxide

For a baby who is suffering from diaper rash or minor burns and cuts, an alternative to Aquaphor is zinc oxide ointment. Just like Aquaphor, it soothes and protects by forming a barrier to the skin. One reason that some use zinc oxide instead of Aquaphor is that zinc oxide helps alleviate itching, while Aquaphor generally does not.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is one of the ingredients in Aquaphor, and can be used in place of it. While it doesn't actually help heal cuts and burns, it does keep them clean. It seals off wounds and keeps dirt and irritants out like Aquaphor. In addition, it helps trap moisture into the skin, which makes it an excellent choice for use on dry spots. However, petroleum jelly tends to be cheaper than Aquaphor.