Diaper-Rash Cream Can Treat Acne, According to This Viral Video
Over the past few months we've seen some intriguing (and fairly questionable) viral videos come from U.K.-based beauty blogger Farah Dhukai. Let's face it: She knows how to generate interest. First, she claimed that rubbing onions on her eyebrows made them grow faster. then she used mouthwash to treat her dandruff. and now she's posted a video demonstrating how to use diaper-rash cream to treat acne. Yep, you read that correctly. But here's the thing: This may not actually be a bad idea.
In the video, Dukai rubs Weleda Calendula Baby Diaper Rash Cream all over her face like it's a mask. In the caption, Dukai claims that the baby cream is the "best acne killer mask" because it "contains zinc oxide," and the cream "also has calendula in it, which is an anti-inflammatory, so if your acne is red and inflamed, it'll soothe it." She says that not only does this work as an acne treatment, but you can also use it as a sleeping mask, and that when you wake up, "your face will be as smooth as a baby's butt."
Those are some pretty serious (and awesome) claims. Could a $10 diaper rash cream really replace your prescription acne medicine? Top dermatologists offer conflicting answers. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says that what zinc does for the skin on a baby's bottom can also work for the skin on your face. "Zinc oxide is commonly used to treat diaper rash because it forms a protective film on the skin, allowing the skin barrier to repair itself," says Zeichner. "It can help repair skin with a variety of other conditions as well, including eczema, or even skin inflamed by acne." Rebecca Tung, a dermatologist in La Grande, Illinois, says zinc has been proven to help the skin in a variety of ways. "Zinc has been used both orally and topically for conditions like acne and rosacea," she says. "Its main beneficial properties relative to the skin include being an antioxidant, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Studies have suggested that zinc may reduce acne-causing bacteria counts, and that it may also reduce sebum and oil production."
But some doctors stop short of recommending diaper-rash cream to treat acne. "While zinc oxide can dry out acne and calendula is soothing, I still wouldn't recommend using diaper cream, as it's possible to develop a contact dermatitis to other common ingredients in many diaper creams," says Elizabeth Hale, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University. Tung agrees, saying the cream also has the potential to cause breakouts: "While a cream containing zinc could be helpful for spot treatment of acne, an allover face application may actually create pimples in oilier skin types," she says. "The cream can be heavy on emollients [moisturizing ingredients], and if it's applied all over someone's face with oily skin, it could plug the pores and cause further acne." So if you want to try Dukai's acne hack, you'd be better off testing it first on one small pimple before you go full face-mask mode with it. Or you could always, you know, invest in a real acne-treating product.
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