Is Vaseline bad for a wetsuit?

Can you use Vaseline with a wetsuit?

Use a wetsuit-approved anti-chafe lotion. Petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline may damage the neoprene (although many people use them). Avoid sitting on rough surfaces in your wetsuit and take care entering and leaving the water as it’s easy to damage a wetsuit on sharp rocks.

Can I use baby oil on my wetsuit?

Specialist wetsuit lubes are best to preserve the neoprene, but baby oil will do. This is to help you get the suit off more than anything.

How do you condition a wetsuit?


  1. Duration: 10 minutes.
  2. Materials: Water, pH neutral soap.
  3. Clear the wetsuit using fresh water to remove any excess salt water or chlorine.
  4. Apply a small amount of pH neutral soap to the wetsuit and gently rub the wetsuit panels.
  5. Rinse the neoprene to remove any remaining soap.

Does oil affect neoprene?

sure.. it works… but, the petroleum based lubricants will break down the neoprene (specially the glued seams)… so, if you want to ruin a good suit … yea…

Should you wash a wetsuit?

Most of the time, rinsing your wetsuit with fresh water and thoroughly drying it will keep your wetsuit fresh and odor free. But if your wetsuit gets smelly, wash your wetsuit in a tub of fresh, warm water (not hot). Use one of the special wetsuit soaps or a small amount of baby shampoo.

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How often should I wash my wetsuit?

All this because you didn’t care properly for your wetsuit. There is, however, a very simple way to avoid all that: wash your wetsuit. You don’t even have to do this every time you surf—once a week will do just fine. But you should at least rinse it after each session, you smelly yeast beast.