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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:26 PM

That's the one! They sell it at Walgreens too, over by the Burt's Bees And other natural body. Not sure if it will be good for me or not, just started using it. I'll post an update tomorrow to see how the 5% zinc helps.

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Manuka Honey after peel 

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

First day after using the Zinc Oxide 40% ointment and Say yes to Carrots Moisturizer with 5% zinc oxide.
I can tell you that my skin is not different at all yet. Not one iota. I'm going to give it 14 days to show improvement, based on Ichance23's claim that s/he was 100% clear in 3 days.

No negative effects either. No new pimples, no change to current pimples and no change to marks/scars. I have an SA peel on Saturday, and I got some Emu oil to follow it. Usually use hemp seed oil but after the scabbing from last time, I'm going to try the Emu since its better for skin healing and wounds.

Will post again tomorrow regarding the Zinc Oxide Challenge

30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

Allright, I'll bite.
I just put on 40% Zinc oxide and my daily vitamin has 400mg of Zinc. I don't want to sleep with the zinc on because I use Differin at night, so I'll be wearing it during the day. Also, I picked up a new moisturizer: Say yes to Carrots, that has 5% zinc oxide, and chammomile. Will keep everyone posted on whether this works or not.

First impressions: VERY thick (duh it's diaper cream), and doesn't rub in. Thank goodness I work from home because I look like Morticia Addams. Otherwise, slight tingle when I put it on. Absorbed pretty well, only the slightest greasy feeling. Here goes nothing...

i doubt it is 400 mg of zinc. that would be extremely dangerous and most likely life threatening. i don't think any multivitamin would sell that.


zinc oxide is really good for acne. you can buy it in sudocrem and its in diaper rash cream. its basically like a secret acne remedy. it was shown to be as effective as bp over a two month period but didn't cause the redness and dryness. also the american dermatology association said that it decreases the production of sebum and speeds up the healing process by decreasing inflammation. it truly is a cure if there is one. you can find it all over google if you just google zinc oxide acne. there are countless forums or people talking about how great it works and even how you see results in one night. i personally started using it 3 nights ago and i have to say i am very impressed. all my spots dried out, the redness is down 90% and i actually am happy with my face for the first time in about half a year. this feels great and i wanted to share it with you all. best part about it is that its dirt cheap. Posted Image i'm so happy i found this and i look forward to using it!!! Posted Image


Ichance23, you should make a kind of regimen like post, and type down all the things you do (that you know for sure worked for you) in the day and when etc, so others can follow your regimen and see if it works for them? It would defiantly help me if I tried it Posted Image.

okay this is what i do everyday for my regimen:
drink apple cider vinegar 4 times a day
take 8,000 iu vitamin D3.
take a probiotic pill called reuteri
take 30mg zinc chelated
apply zinc oxide 12.5% diaper rash cream at night

Edited by Ichance23, 28 December 2012 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

Sorry! Typo it's 40mg

30 years old
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Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:48 PM

crap i found a major problem with this method. i can not get it off in the morning! the dang thing won't come off. i can't go out in public with white stuff on my face. this really sucks cause it is working so well. what do you guys use to get yours off???

i think im gonna start applying liquid vitamin d and using this as a spot treatment to dry out pimples. i have to go to a party right now and i have a bunch of white shit on my face.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

I use OCM for my cleansing and it takes it right off. Diaper cream is not water permeable, so you have to use oil to dissolve and wash it away.
If you have olive oil on hand, that will work. Then you can follow with your normal cleanser, but I literally just use oil.

BTW, what were you using before to get it off? Or were you just staying home with a white face??

30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:05 PM

I use OCM for my cleansing and it takes it right off. Diaper cream is not water permeable, so you have to use oil to dissolve and wash it away.
If you have olive oil on hand, that will work. Then you can follow with your normal cleanser, but I literally just use oil.

BTW, what were you using before to get it off? Or were you just staying home with a white face??

i was using water haha and it wasn't coming off!! i tried some evening primrose oil and it comes off much easier now. i will try the olive oil

my acne is still looking good from this. but i did get 2 new spots today and i am very happy because i will now be able to continue using this method. use oil to get the zinc oxide off!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

I wore the zinc all yesterday afternoon, overnight, and most of today. I just washed it off about an hour ago because I'm having people over (not cute). Still no change. Didn't expect there to be, but you never know. LOL

30 years old
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Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

well today i actually broke out a little but it could be because i ate some evening primrose oil yesterday!!! i think it is. someone on this forum told me once the primrose oil can be inflammatory because it has too much of one of the omega's. I'm not sure but i did get 3 little white heads today. i kind of made them worse when i was trying to get off the zinc oxide by brushing them vigorously and then putting hot water on them which is always bad for acne as far as i have experienced.

anyway and then i took 6 lactobacillus pills. i usually only take 1 a day. each one has 8 billion in it so today i had around 50 billion. i am also going to buy some goodbelly probiotic drinks tomorow because they have a lot of probiotic in them and then i'm going to get some peppermint oil capsules because they kill bad bacteria in the gut. i am now pretty much convinced that my acne comes from my gut. i read this article on it: http://gutflora.com/?p=344#treatment

i think this makes sense because it explains why a western diet triggers acne as well as why vitamin d helps acne and why antiobiotic like tetracycline work so well for me. That is why i took some garlic pills and drank some lemon juice today. The lemon juice will strenghen my stomach acid to help digestion so that i get less bad bacteria. The garlic is antibacterial so it should kill some bacteria in my gut to help the probiotic repopulate my gut.

Oh and zinc is also linked into the gut so that makes sense why zinc is helpful for so many peoples acne. it said that zinc helps keep the bad bacteria at bay somehow or until our own immune system kills them

The more and more I read the more and more I think that acne is just the sign of something that is wrong inside of our body. i am buying more and more into the idea that it is expelling toxins from our body

I also read a funny post on people who use snail gel to help their acne! haha. I grew up around snails and i really hate them and can't imagine putting their slime on my face. apparently a lot of celebrities are using it. And hippocrates who said that all diseases originated in the gut used to crush up snails and mix them with milk as something to get rid of skin redness and irritation. Anyway so all in all i think that acne is probably the symtoms of a disease and not a disease in itself. I also think that when we put topical things on these only mask the symtoms and don't get rid of the problem inside of us. I think acne therefore is a product of the way we live today. I don't think it should be considered normal for us to get acne. I think it shows a problem in our society and humans can not deal with and is creating infections and toxins in their bodies. i don't think god created us so he could give us acne scars and even disfigure them with it. Humans have probably caused this problem with all the proccessed foods and toxins we are exposed to in this day and age.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:53 PM

I would agree with that. I have IBS and my skin is usually a direct correlation to my stomach. Unfortunately there's no fixing IBS and my regular GI and my holistic GI have tried it all. I just do quarterly natural cleanses and eat clean. Now I'm working to get my skin as good As it can be ( not looking for perfection) with the disease in conjunction with hormones since my hysterectomy. Fingers crossed!

30 years old
Caucasian Female
Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

I use jojoba oil to take it off in the middle and then just wash my face with dan cleanser and put on some moisturizer. It been 4 days and i am see major results. Ty
Ichance23 for telling me about thisPosted Image

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

I'm so glad to see that Syrup is having great results, looking forward to sharing I the joy!!

30 years old
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Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

I use Desitin and it does almost nothing for my pimples :( I use it on small papules without a head and they dry up about a week after, but I have no idea if the Desitin has anything to do with it since most of my papules heal in a week anyway. I find that it works best on pimples that have already been popped. Other than that, I've had pretty much no luck with zinc oxide/diaper rash cream..

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

Day 3 of the Diaper Cream Challenge!! Lol
I'm seeing some improvement. Can be 100% sure it's simply the zinc though. If you check my signature you can see everything I'm doing, but it certainly hasn't hurt! I also added lavender essential oil to my OCM the same night, but it is pretty great! Everything has dried up and is on the way out, I have 1 new pimple on m chin, but I was messing with a clog so that's my fault. So far really happy, no complaints!

30 years old
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Medium Skin Tone
Cystic and Superficial Acne, Whiteheads, Pustules, Blackheads and clogged pores: OH MY!
Severe hyperpigmentation to cheeks and chin

Morning[/]
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO (started 11/1/12)
Moisturize with Hemp oil or Say Yes to Carrots SPF 15 moisturizer

Night
OCM: 70% Castor Oil, 30% Hemp seed oil, 5 drops Lavender EO

200mg Spironolactone (started 12/19/12)
Differin .1%
Hemp oil or Emu oil for moisture



Weekly

20% Salicylic Acid Peel (once per week)
Manuka Honey after peel 

Manuka Honey and ginger once per week.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

I would agree with that. I have IBS and my skin is usually a direct correlation to my stomach. Unfortunately there's no fixing IBS and my regular GI and my holistic GI have tried it all. I just do quarterly natural cleanses and eat clean. Now I'm working to get my skin as good As it can be ( not looking for perfection) with the disease in conjunction with hormones since my hysterectomy. Fingers crossed!

i purchased pepogest peppermint oil today and will be taking 2 capsules a day. i have read before about people using peppermint oil tea and it helped their acne.

I use Desitin and it does almost nothing for my pimples Posted Image I use it on small papules without a head and they dry up about a week after, but I have no idea if the Desitin has anything to do with it since most of my papules heal in a week anyway. I find that it works best on pimples that have already been popped. Other than that, I've had pretty much no luck with zinc oxide/diaper rash cream..

you should try a different one. i don't think this will work for everyone but you should look for one without a lot of clogging things. i found one that has no parabens, petroleum, or fragrance and it has worked well. before i was using sudocrem which is 15% zinc oxide but it has fragrance which can clog the pores or something else in their which can clog pores and it broke me out big time.

while this hasn't helped with the scars yet i am happy to say i am looking much more clear. i haven't had any pimples on my right side of my face and none on my forehead at all in the last week.

today i also purchased goodbelly probiotic shots and i took one with 20 billion probiotics in it.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

i found an excellent site with info all about how zinc oxide works! i have to say it is working extremely well for me!
heres the link: http://www.wisegeek....de-for-acne.htm

and heres the info: "Topical creams and oral supplements are two ways of using zinc oxide for acne treatments. The mineral can fight the bacteria present in acne lesions, suppress the production of overactive oil glands, and help regulate hormones. Moderate to severe acne may be treated with both topical and oral zinc oxide. Some individuals also use zinc oxide products to enhance the benefits of more traditional acne medications, such as benzyl peroxide.
One of the uses of topical zinc oxide for acne is the reduction of surface skin oil. Zinc oxide ointments and lotions are effective in drying up excess oil, which is thought to be one of the main causes of acne. Regular applications of zinc products on the skin can also help infections heal faster. Topical zinc oxide dries up oil and has been shown to be as effective as antibiotics at reducing acne-causing bacteria.

Oral supplements are taken by individuals who wish to use a natural alternative to oral antibiotics and prescription strength retinoids. Using zinc oxide for acne in this manner can be beneficial for patients who have an excess amount of androgen and testosterone. Mild to moderate acne has shown the most promise in using oral zinc supplements in place of traditional antibiotic treatments, such as tetracycline and doxycycline. A somewhat higher than normal daily intake can help balance hormones in the bloodstream and regulate the skin's oil gland activity.

Another possible use of zinc oxide for acne includes the idea of combination therapy. Some acne patients use both natural and prescription medications when attempting to treat the disorder. For instance, a patient may alternate between applying benzyl peroxide and a zinc oxide ointment to his skin. Other people take oral supplements while using topical antibiotics or retinoid creams.

Patients with severe blemishes may be able to use zinc oxide for acne as part of a maintenance program. While acne that is persistently severe and inflammatory usually requires prescription strength medication, zinc supplements can help patients control acne once the medication is discontinued. Since long-term oral antibiotic use can be harmful, zinc can keep bacteria in balance once prescriptions reduce it to normal levels. Topical zinc ointments might be able to reduce the severity of acne lesions and prevent them from becoming more inflamed.

A side benefit of topical zinc oxide lotions is that they tend to prevent scarring and hyper-pigmentation with moderate acne. Some potential scarring from severe acne might also be avoided with regular use. By reducing inflammation and encouraging proper collagen growth, the skin is able to repair itself with less damage"

wow i wish i had found zinc oxide years ago!!!


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

evening primrose oil actually caused me to breakout!!! i was completely clear from the diaper rash cream and yesterday i consumed 6,000 mg of EPO for the first time in a week and then i got 2 new whiteheads and now a small whitehead on my right cheek which hasn't even broken out. now im not sure EPO caused the breakout but i remember posting and telling people to use it to cure their acne! one guy told me it could actually make my acne worse because it has some oil in it that is inflammatory. i looked it up and turns out he was right. i also googled evening primrose breakouts and found multiple people claiming that epo broke them out. i'm not sure if that is because it is an omega 6 and it causes an imbalance of the omega 3 and 6? this is possible. all i know is it could have caused me to breakout. i was completely clear from the diaper rash cream before. i will know if it did in the next week because i have stopped taking EPO and i'll see if my skin goes back to clear.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:52 AM

skin is looking really good this morning. just one small pimple that i had yesterday that is not as tender as a result of me using the zinc oxide on it. and one blemish on the other side of the face. i have been doing about 8 things but they are working well. i think it could be the vitamin D kicking in, Today i am going to buy some vitamin D so i can topically apply it. anyway, zinc oxide is working really well.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:24 PM

Can i use the up & up brand and is it supposed to make your whole face white when u put it on or did i get the wrong kind
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

Can i use the up & up brand and is it supposed to make your whole face white when u put it on or did i get the wrong kind
Thanks,
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its supposed to make your whole face white.