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By Enca, October 13, 2002 in Over-the-counter acne medications and products
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I haven't tried Desitin, but the Desitin ingredient that may be helping people with their red spots is the Zinc Oxide.
After reading about Desitin on the Net, it sounds like the POWDER might be the best form of Desitin to try on the face (mix with water and apply as a paste.) The Ointment and Cream appear to have comedogenic ingredients that can contribute to break-outs as apparently some people have found out...your mileage may vary. The mixed Powder should also be easier to eventually clean off compared to the greasy ointment/cream. Has anyone here tried the Powder?
Ingredients from desitin site at
(Note that the manufacturer makes no reference to acne red spots on the Desitin site).
1. DESITIN CORNSTARCH BABY POWDER
Topical Starch (Cornstarch) 88.2%, Zinc Oxide 10.0%.
Fragrance, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate.
2. DESITIN OINTMENT
Zinc Oxide 40%.
BHA, Cod Liver Oil, Fragrance, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Petrolatum, Talc, Water.
3. DESITIN CREAMY
Zinc Oxide 10%.
Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Borate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, White Petrolatum, and White Wax.
Another Zinc Oxide Powder choice:
"Caldesene Protecting Powder Zinc Oxide/Talc"
Ingredients: Talc 81%, Zinc Oxide 15%, Calcium Stearate, Fragrance.
(In a store, I found a 5 oz pink container of this Caldesene powder in the baby care section shelved next to the Desitin powder.)
Caldesene Powder is more expensive than Desitin Powder, but Caldesene has 15% Zinc Oxide compared to Desitin Powder's 10% Zinc Oxide.
Caldesene is talc-based whereas Desitin is cornstarch-based. Some claim that cornstarch isn't a good choice since bacteria feed on it:
The site says: "Corn starch acts as food for yeast, fungi and bacteria, so do not use it!" at: http://www.dermadoctor.com/pages/newslette...0002B330452B%7D
On the other hand, some claim talc to be carcinogenic and an inhalation hazard:
Further, some claim that the zinc oxide in both of these powders contains potentially harmful levels of lead as impurities:
I guess nothing is safe!
I don't feel like doing a facial paste test yet, but I may test direct Caldesene powder as a treatment for acne on my back/shoulders.
(NOTE: Caldesene and Desitin do not list acne treatment as a use for their products, so use at your own risk.)
Hm, I'll try this out since its cheap. If the herbal logix doesn't work..
I've been trying out A+D zinc oxide cream with aloe.
ingredients. active: Dimethicone 1% Zinc oxide 10%
inactive: Aloe barbadensis extract, bezyl alcohol, coconut oil, cod liver oil (contains vitamin A& vitamin D), fragrance, glyceryl oleate, light mineral oil, ozokerite, paraffin, propylene glycol, sorbitol, synthetic beeswax, water
I bought mine from walmart
The thing that actracted me most was the coconut, castor oil zinc oxide aloe, beeswax (although I don't like the fact that its synthetic).
I've used it at night and all during the day for 2 days now, (keep reapplying) and today when I woke up I noticed my skin had a little more clarity. I think my red marks are fading a little as well. I applied it as a face mask before I went to bed and slept on my back for as long as I could and had a towel on my pillow case for my tossing and turning. Crossing my fingers that this will finally help!!
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