Calamine lotion is a product that many families have in their medicine cabinet to treat minor skin issues. It’s often used for conditions like mosquito bites, hives and general itchiness. What some don’t know is there are benefits to using calamine lotion for acne. People that have used it for this purpose often consider it a miracle treatment because it can make a pimple disappear. Below you’ll find helpful information and considerations regarding the use of calamine lotion for acne.
Why Calamine Lotion is Beneficial for Acne?
Calamine lotion is effective at drying out acne. It’s also known to work faster than many other products. While it won’t prevent acne from forming or address the root cause, it can treat the symptom. When calamine lotion dries out a pimple, it’s essentially removing excess oil that often contributes to acne. A small amount of calamine lotion is required to achieve results. In fact, it’s so effective at drying out acne that it shouldn’t be used frequently because you don’t want to the area treated to become overly dry.
Tips for Using Calamine Lotion
The first step in using calamine lotion for acne is cleansing the affected area. It’s best to use a cleanser for sensitive skin or a natural product. You should rinse the area with warm or cool water after washing it. After drying your skin, simply use either the tip of your finger or a Q-tip to apply a small amount of calamine lotion. It’s best to apply the lotion to just the area where the pimple is located. If you're applying it to a larger area, use a cotton ball. Be sure to shake the bottle of calamine lotion thoroughly before using it.
Given the small amount of lotion used, you can keep it on the spot treated for hours. If you have sensitive skin, start out with a shorter amount of time. When you’re ready to remove the lotion, use warm water. While some people report experiencing immediate results, others have had to use it more than once before seeing results.
Who Can Use Calamine Lotion for Acne?
Calamine lotion is a safe product that most people can use. In fact, it’s so safe that’s it’s been used by parents on babies for many decades to treat eczema and itchy skin. Some babies have sensitive skin, which would prevent the use of calamine lotion. Notably, pregnant women can use calamine lotion for acne. As with anything applied to your body for healing purposes while pregnant, it’s always good to consult with your doctor or pediatrician if you have questions.
Potential Side Effects
Although rare, it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to calamine lotion. A key ingredient is zinc, which means you should avoid using it if you are allergic to zinc. You should also stop using it if you experience a reaction like redness, itchiness, a rash or swelling.
If you ever have an allergic reaction, notify your doctor or call 911 in an emergency. For instance, if you ingest the lotion or if it gets into your eyes, you'll need to wash it out immediately, but you may also need to seek emergency care.