ZincO Cream as a product has been around for many years now. It is time that it had its own page on this site where we can collect reviews and comments in one place. I still use ZincO Cream everyday to offer protection from the sun and to smooth over facial redness. I trust that you too will find this sunscreen a keeper.
A bit of history
What we know today as RosaceaCare’s ZincO Cream started life as a brand new sunscreen created by one of the original members of the Rosacea Support email group, a dermatologist Dr. Linda Sy.
Dr. Sy’s design goal was to create an elegant physical sunscreen, based on micro-fine dimethicone coated zinc oxide, that would have a minimal list of ingredients so as to be well tolerated by sensitive rosacea skin. After several iterations of the product including members of the rosacea support email group to test along the way, Dr. Sy started selling ZincO Cream around the begining of 2000. ZincO Cream quickly became a much loved sunscreen for rosacea sufferers.
Dr. Sy has since retired, and in 2009 RosaceaCare began selling Linda Sy’s ZincO Cream as the slightly renamed `TINTED ZincO – SPF 20′. The same manufacturer and ingredient list is used by RosaceaCare as was used by Linda Sy, albeit in a smaller tube.
Tinted ZincO Cream Ingredients
Active ingredient: Zinc oxide 14.5%
Inactive ingredients: Water, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, steareth-21, C13-14 isoparaffin, cyclomethicone, glycerin, laureth-7, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide, synthetic beeswax, dimethicone, iron oxides, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, talc, castor oil phosphate, methylparaben, DEA-oleth-3 phosphate, propylparaben, chromium oxide greens, disodium EDTA, ultramarines.
Untined ZincO Cream No More
Sadly for the fans of the untinted product, Untinted ZincO, (or Translucent ZincO as it was called by RosaceaCare) is no longer made by RosaceaCare. Untinted ZincO Cream was originally available along side the tinted version, and allowed the option of protection from the sun without a flesh colouring. The untinted version of ZincO cream also allowed lighter toned skin to be catered for by blending the two creams together before application.
Tinted ZincO SPF20 Web Page Link
Rosacea Care Product Page – TINTED ZincO – SPF 20
The Best Rosacea Sunscreen?
We know well that no one product will be tolerated and liked by all rosacea sufferers, but it seems that over the last 15 years, Tinted ZincO Cream has held its own as a well liked sunscreen.
If you haven’t been able to use ZincO Cream there are other options worth considering – Vanicream Sunscreens would be one place to start.
Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on finding your favourite rosacea beating sunscreen.
I’ll kick of the reviews with my own, if you’ll allow me.
I have been using ZincO Cream since it was in development as a product in 1999. I still use it every day. It works well for me as both a daily protection from the sun and coverage for my red nose. If I perspire a lot during the day, or flush a lot, or touch my face too much I find that I need to re-apply in the afternoon, and indeed if I head out in the evening will re-apply after washing my face again.
I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, followed by Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion over my whole face, and then after the moisturiser has absorbed in, apply ZincO Cream on my nose and upper cheeks.
Disclaimer: RosaceaCare, the makers of Tinted ZincO SPF20 are a site sponsor of rosacea-support.org.