Aug. 16, 2022 — A rising bandwagon of TikTok influencers has been utilizing and selling calamine lotion as a make-up primer below basis. Whereas this may occasionally work as a base layer for some folks, dermatologists have considerations about this development, significantly the danger of dryness.
Calamine lotion has been used to deal with itchy rashes, insect bites, and ache from chickenpox and poison ivy for years. It’s bought over-the-counter and is a standard therapy for pores and skin discomfort, says Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist in New York Metropolis. Additionally it is on the World Well being Group’s record of important medication, she says.
“That is one thing that has been round for a very long time. It’s acknowledged as a drug that has significance. So every so often I assume anyone comes throughout it and says it’s a ‘new panacea’ for one thing, nevertheless it’s actually not. It’s simply an old-time easy product.”
Calamine lotion is made from ferric oxide and zinc oxide, which supplies it its antiseptic and anti-itch properties, along with its attribute pink shade. Zinc oxide can also be generally utilized in mineral sunscreens, Day says.
Although these substances are secure with momentary, localized use, excessive concentrations and persistent use of calamine lotion may be irritating to the pores and skin, says Pooja Sodha, MD, director of the Middle for Laser and Beauty Dermatology at George Washington College in Washington, DC.
At these excessive concentrations, calamine lotion may be drying, which can trigger pores and skin clumping and may be abrasive, says Sodha. She additionally cautions that the astringent properties of the zinc and the excessive pH might disrupt proteins on the pores and skin, which breaks down the pores and skin’s pure defenses. Utilizing calamine lotion everywhere in the face every day can “doubtlessly harm your pores and skin barrier to a degree the place you are going to should do lots of further work … to deliver it again.”
Day additionally worries about this development leading to dry pores and skin. Even in conditions the place utilizing calamine lotion is suitable, like treating poison ivy, its drying results can generally irritate the pores and skin.
And dry pores and skin may be greater than an aesthetic difficulty: It could possibly result in breaks within the pores and skin, which may end up in infections and scarring, she says. Whereas this may occasionally not happen in somebody with extraordinarily oily pores and skin, most individuals don’t have extraordinarily oily pores and skin, says Day, so this might be ineffective at greatest and damaging at worst.
If somebody is in search of a great make-up base layer, Sodha recommends one thing that is non-comedogenic and non-sensitizing, like silicon-based primers.
“The wonderful thing about these merchandise is that they’re non-comedogenic, so they will not clog your pores. They’re artificial, so they don’t seem to be going to trigger some kind of allergy,” she says.
Generally, each dermatologists warn their sufferers to be cautious of the TikTok developments they see on-line and warning about doable results with long-term use of calamine lotion on the face, even when it seems to work with one use.
“Shoppers have to consider this like they do with any kind of product that they arrive throughout, simply serious about the long-term results of one thing like this and the way it works for their very own pores and skin,” says Sodha.