Zinc oxide for acne - as simple as applying diaper cream to your face? Not quite... but it does have specific benefits that make it helpful in the fight against acne!
When zinc oxide is combined with other powerful acne fighting ingredients you will see a difference in your skin. This article will show you exactly how it works, and how to use it for best results:
Zinc oxide is a mineral, best known for its use in diaper creams (!). Its specific purpose is as a skin protectant which helps dry, soothe and protect those red, irritated little baby bums... This is also what makes it great for acne!
Acne is an inflammatory condition - redness, irritation, breakouts, oiliness are all part of it. Zinc oxide can help by calming this inflammation and further protecting skin. It helps soothe redness, decrease the size of breakouts/pimples/cysts, and helps to dry out oil production.
But it isn't a miracle acne cure (unfortunately). Its main job is as a skin protectant, it won't cure the actual condition.
To get the most out of it, combine it with other powerful acne fighting ingredients. And what are those? And how exactly do you do so? Two options are below:
Use a separate zinc oxide cream along with your other products. One of the best active ingredients for acne is salicylic acid, which dissolves oil and dead skin cells to improve the condition of your skin (such as our Salicylic Daily Exfoliator 2% here).
Use a zinc oxide cream (get one from Amazon.com* or your local pharmacy) overnight, either all over your face or on individual pimples.
The problem? A lot of zinc oxide creams are combined with mineral oil, cosmetic petrolatum or other additions, which help with the creams application. While these ingredients are fine for skin in general, they may not be fine for acne skins as they can cause blockages - not exactly the result we want!
Zinc oxide combined with other acne fighting ingredients in one product will provide the most effective results. Our Clearing Clay Mask was designed with that in mind. No need for separate creams or masks.
Along with zinc oxide it contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, sulphur, chamomile and camphor to exfoliate, clear and calm your skin.
This soothing mineral has an important role to play in helping your acne. Most of the immediate problem with acne is the inflammation - redness, swelling, pain... so anything that can improve this is a very helpful ingredient indeed!
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