Aug. 16, 2022 — A rising bandwagon of TikTok influencers has been utilizing and selling calamine lotion as a makeup primer beneath basis. Whereas this will work as a base layer for some individuals, dermatologists have issues 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 offered over-the-counter and is a typical remedy for pores and skin discomfort, says Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist in New York Metropolis. It’s also on the World Well being Group’s list of essential drugs, 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 from time to time I suppose any person comes throughout it and says it’s a ‘new panacea’ for one thing, however 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 colour. Zinc oxide can be generally utilized in mineral sunscreens, Day says.
Although these substances are secure with short-term, localized use, excessive concentrations and power use of calamine lotion will be irritating to the pores and skin, says Pooja Sodha, MD, director of the Heart for Laser and Beauty Dermatology at George Washington College in Washington, DC.
At these excessive concentrations, calamine lotion will be drying, which can trigger pores and skin clumping and will be abrasive, says Sodha. She additionally cautions that the astringent properties of the zinc and the excessive pH might disrupt proteins on the skin, which breaks down the pores and skin’s pure defenses. Utilizing calamine lotion all around the face day by day can “probably injury your pores and skin barrier to some extent the place you are going to should do numerous additional work … to carry it again.”
Day additionally worries about this development leading to dry skin. Even in conditions the place utilizing calamine lotion is acceptable, like treating poison ivy, its drying results can generally irritate the pores and skin.
And dry pores and skin will be greater than an aesthetic subject: It might result in breaks within the pores and skin, which may end up in infections and scarring, she says. Whereas this will not happen in somebody with extraordinarily oily pores and skin, most individuals don’t have extraordinarily oily pores and skin, says Day, so this will probably be ineffective at finest and damaging at worst.
If somebody is searching for a great make-up base layer, Sodha recommends one thing that is non-comedogenic and non-sensitizing, like silicon-based primers.
“The beauty of 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 form of allergy,” she says.
On the whole, each dermatologists warn their sufferers to be cautious of the TikTok tendencies 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.
“Customers have to consider this like they do with any form 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.