This post was sponsored by Vaseline.

The hardest part about being a mother is seeing your child in pain and not been able to help them…. even worse when they can’t tell you what’s wrong.

Seeing my 11-month-old son scratch his ears and head uncontrollably because of his eczema breaks my heart. He can’t even really explain what he is feeling.

We found out Kiaan has eczema when he was a few months old.

The healing power of Vaseline

At first, I didn’t even think it was eczema. I thought he just had really dry skin that needed to be moisturized often but as time went by, his skin started getting worse. He became irritable and niggly. I knew something wasn’t right.

No one in my family has eczema so this was new to me and I had no idea as to what to do. I ended up surfing the internet for hours looking for information about eczema, its history and what products could be used to soothe it.

My husband and I ended up purchasing 5 different products for my son hoping that one would work!

3/5 worked but one made a huge difference.


A product I never thought could be used for eczema.

As a mother, you try your best to give your child the best that you can.

I made sure I did everything I could for my son. I took him to the pediatrician, to the dermatologist, I did the allergy tests and I even bought the best products I could afford to help end his pain. But sometimes it isn’t always possible.

What happens to the children in poverty communities who struggle with serious skin problems? I know – I couldn’t believe that Vaseline was the answer.

The healing power of Vaseline

For more than 140 years, the restorative power of Vaseline has been generously passed down from generation to generation. Vaseline is not only economical but effective.  It creates a protective barrier on the skin that allows effective healing.

This iconic and caring heritage has created an ideal platform for Vaseline to continue inspiring and helping people, offering expert advice and leading skin care solutions.

Vaseline has partnered with international medical aid organization Direct Relief and is on a mission to help restore the skin of 5 million people living in vulnerable conditions by 2020.

The Vaseline Healing Project is just one way that Unilever has pledged to create a brightFuture for all people, through its commitment to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and its own Sustainable Living Plan, adopted in 2010.

The healing power of Vaseline

Did you know there are only 207 dermatologists in South Africa, due to a chronic shortage of training?

In KZN, there are just 30 trained dermatologists serving a community of 10.7 million people, yet up to 85% of patients go to public clinics for help with their skin problems.

Ntokozo Ngubane, a local KZN community nurse said that, “Many kids here have HIV and so they get serious skin problems. I see it all the time. It is a big problem. They get worse when they are not treated.”

Ntokozo is one of the 372 nurses, doctors and other medical professionals who attended a series of dermatological training days in May this year, hosted by the Vaseline Healing Project at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital Nurses’ Hall and headed up by Dr Ncoza Dlova, Head of Dermatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

The training missions championed essential skincare by providing dermatological training for nurses and effective treatment for their patients. This national initiative is set to bring training, treatment and relief to all South Africans in the upcoming months, highlighting how one ordinary jar of Vaseline BLUESEAL can make an extraordinary difference.


Vaseline wants to empower the men and women on South Africa’s frontline of healthcare – the nurses who often provide the first link between our local healthcare system and communities.

The healing power of Vaseline

Vaseline will also be visiting 100 schools in local KZN communities. Thousands of students will benefit from the distribution of 101 000 jars of Vaseline BLUESEAL and learn that serious skin conditions should and can be avoided. In addition, Vaseline will donate First Aid Kits to each school and provide dermatological training to the school nurses.

Vaseline understands that, without care, the simplest skin conditions can turn into serious issues that make it difficult to do the simplest everyday tasks.

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