I’ve struggled with acne for a looooong time. Since I was in middle school it’s been mind-pretty bad (I don’t want to say severe because that wouldn’t be fair to people really struggling with severe acne.
Anyway, I was reading the news one day, and I happened across an article a couple months ago that I investigated for days before investing in a product. The woman in the article wrote her own article about the miracle that is zinc oxide.
I wish I knew why zinc oxide is not touted more often for its skin-clearing benefits. I think Badescu is flying under the radar with their formulations. The Buffering Lotion, Drying Lotion, and other skin-clearing products contain zinc oxide. Yet benzoyl peroxide creams and salicylic acid gels tend to be the drugstore standard products for acne. I find it unfortunate and a little baffling, because zinc oxide is a much gentler proven way to clear acne because of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
After reading this article, I decided to do a bunch of Googling over the period of several days. Everywhere I was seeing the benefits of zinc oxide, and I started seeing “diaper rash cream” popping up all over articles and forums because of its purpose for sensitive skin and high zinc oxide concentration. Finally, I decided to step up and buy a 4 oz tube of Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Ointment from Equate ($2.98). Reviewers all over said it was better and smoother than Desitin, so I just tried that.
This stuff is amazing! From my experience, it clears up big, disgusting whiteheads pretty quickly. I put it in problem areas (mainly my chin and cheeks) every night, and by morning the redness and soreness has gone down a lot. You can even use this as a deep cleansing mask, which I do about once every two weeks, or when my face really needs it. I really love this cream, so if it works for you, let me know!