Photo: Courtesy of Grace Bandow

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Grace Bandow, MD
The Skin Saver
While volunteering at a Syrian-refugee camp in Jordan in 2014, dermatologist Grace Bandow saw what a serious health risk dry skin can be. Exposure to the sun, heat, and wind causes skin to become parched, which may be followed by eczema and severe infections. Her surprisingly simple, fast-acting solution: Coat the cracked skin on the refugees’ hands and feet with Vaseline Jelly, a medicine cabinet staple. When the makers of Vaseline heard about Bandow’s work, they invited her to serve as an adviser to the Vaseline Healing Project, an aid effort that donates Vaseline and other medical supplies during emergencies. She returned to Jordan in 2015 and went to Nepal last year to keep up the Good Samaritan work.