Zinc Oxide for Acne Why it Works and How to Use it the Right Way

Zinc oxide for acne – as simple as applying diaper cream to your face?

Not quite… Girl with white clay mask on face and finger

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:

What Is Zinc Oxide?

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 (cystic acne too)!

Why Is It Good 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 of the best options are below…

How To Use Zinc Oxide For Acne

Option 1: Use a zinc oxide cream separately

Use a separate zinc oxide cream along with your other products.

One of the best other products for acne is one with salicylic acid, which dissolves oil and dead skin cells to improve the condition of your skin (see 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 with using a separate zinc oxide product?

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!

Option 2: Use an acne fighting product that contains zinc oxide

Bona Fide Clearing Clay Mask
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 skin.

Most of the immediate problem with acne and pimples is the inflammation – redness, swelling, pain… so anything that can improve this is a very helpful ingredient indeed!


2 thoughts on “Zinc Oxide for Acne Why it Works and How to Use it the Right Way”

  1. A good and affordable zinc oxide cream for the daytime is mineral sunscreens made for babies. They will contain zinc oxide and sometimes titanium dioxide too. Since they are formulated for children’s sensitive skin, they will work fine on your face. Plus, people using any acne treatments should be wearing sunscreen everyday anyway.

  2. wow! I really have to tell my sister about this, she has an outbreak and at the moment, she could really need something to dry it up! thanks

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