Back in the 80′s the zinc was not micronized so it was very WHITE, and sometimes contained the addition of a hot pink, green or yellow color! Life guards wore it on their noses and lips. Yes the 80′s did happen. So did Stussy, big shoulder pads and NEON.
So why am I obsessed with zinc oxide? It has cleared my acne, healed my eczema and calmed my irritated skin while providing UVA/UVB protection. There are not enough products out there with a high enough concentration of zinc oxide which isn’t carried in a comedogenic base.
I used to purchase the expensive Dermalogica Super Sensitive Face Block because the carrier ingredients are acceptable. It’s like $35 for a tiny bottle and there really isn’t enough zinc oxide. I will do a post on just sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin only buy physical sunblock that contains zinc or titanium oxide. The Dermalogica SSFB is good for protection but I wanted zinc oxide for the healing properties as well. I actually buy micronized zinc and add it to a base of jojoba cream that I purchase wholesale.
I know most of you are not going to make your kitchen into a chemistry lab, buy zinc and mix your own cream to leave in the refrigerator.
SO: the next best thing out there is “Burn Out;” the version in the blue and white tube. “Burn Out” is 18% zinc oxide and you can buy it at Whole Foods. Desitin and diaper rash creams are primarily zinc but you need to be careful of the carrier cream which could have comedogenic ingredients. I am in the midst of formulating a healing acne lotion made of zinc oxide, calamine and other ingredients. Zinc oxide mixed with 0.5% iron oxide is what we call calamine. Remember mom put that pink calamine lotion on your mosquito bites or poison oak?
Read my blog! All about skin care especially after my struggle with eczema prone acne troubled skin. I have spend thousands of $$$$$$ on products, dermatologist specialists etc. It's just an account of my journey along with my science background and esthetician training.
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