What Are the Benefits of Paraffin Wax?

Updated April 17, 2017

Paraffin wax has long been known to effectively moisturise, promote healing and decrease pain.


Paraffin wax therapy is ancient, beginning with the Roman Empire. Doctors and therapists have used it ever since by applying it before a massage, to help heal wounds and more recently for arthritis, stiff joints and dry skin.


According to Dermalogic, producers of the paraffin wax treatment products used by the Mayo Clinic in South Africa, dryness causes an increase in skin sensitivity. Without enough moisture, redness and itching will result.

What Paraffin Does

Paraffin wax is known to speed healing, soothes pain in joints and muscles, moisturise skin, open pores and increase blood circulation.

How it Works

Paraffin wax is put on the skin as a warm liquid wax and allowed to cool and harden. It is then peeled off. The heat from the wax is absorbed by the skin, increasing blood circulation, rejuvenating the skin and relieving sore, painful muscles or joints.

Where it Comes From

Paraffin wax is refined out of crude mineral oils. It is then purified, becoming safe to use.

Who Can Use It

With proper procedures, an individual may use paraffin effectively at home or enjoy is as part of a spa treatment.

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Robin Priestley has been a freelance writer for over 20 years, with additional newspaper experience. She has been published in The Los Alamos Monitor, Devo'Zine, The Upper Room, and Discipleship Journal, as well as online.