Zinc Oxide Powder for rosacea faces

Written by on April 2, 2008 with 8 Comments

From:  “Linda Sy MD”
Date:  Sat Jan 2, 1999  7:31 am
Subject:  [rosacea] Re: zinc oxide

Hi Esther,

Your improvement from using zinc oxide, in my opinion, has scientific basis:

  1. It is a physical sunblock; hence it takes care of one rosacea trigger- the sun.  The usual zinc oxide you buy, unlike the microfine ones used in sunscreens, will give only SPF of 4-6 at most. Therefore, you still have to cover up with a wide-brimmed hat.
  2. The opacity of zinc oxide leaves a thin whitish residue on the skin which neutralizes the ruddiness you have, thus giving you some camouflage.
  3. When you add vaseline (petrolatum) to the  zinc oxide, the mixture lubricates the skin which diminishes the flaking and makes your skin feel better. The downside of zinc oxide are: it is chalky if applied thickly; it is greasy and not very esthetic and kind of cumbersome especially for men who are not used to applying much on their skin. Lastly, those with oily-combination type skin will definitely not be crazy about it.

Linda Sy M.D.

—–Original Message—–
From: Esther231@_.com
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 1998 6:53 PM
Subject: [rosacea] Re: zinc oxide

Kerry, Please post whatever he/she says. I have been using it for close to seven years and have no problem but I bet your doctor would know more. I’m happy it’s working as well for you as it does for me. It doesn’t for everyone, I know. But I also know when it works, it works. Listen, I still can get into a flare with enough exposure to a trigger. So, please, keep tracking triggers. The zinc oxide is simply a coping tool, it is not a cure.

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  1. Terri says:

    Have had rosacea since I was in my twenties. I am now 52, and it has flared up like never before. Possibly because of menopause. I have tried different cleansers and moisturizers, none worked. I bought a tub of zinc oxide, and OMG, my skin looks beautiful. I use it twice a day, using more at night because of the white pasty look. I use it in the morning, applying it sparingly to the redness, and then moisturizin with a cotton ball with sweet almond oil and liquid vegetable glycerin. I blend with my fingers, and wait about 10 minutes before applying my makeup. The zinc works like magic.

    • Shirley says:

      Can you tell me where you can purchase a “tub of zinc oxide”? I’ve searched and searched to no avail. Can you recommend a specific brand or place to purchase?

      • Terri says:

        Shirley…..look in the baby section of CVS. I actually purchased the CVS brand. It is called diaper rash ointment. It has 40% zinc oxide. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have success with this.

      • Normally people wouldn’t buy zinc oxide by itself as it is a white powder that you can’t really use for anything until you formulate it into something.

    • ivan says:

      Putting zinc oxide on my face before bedtime has worked wonders. I have used either just sunscreen with zinc oxide or a tube of straight zinc oxide. It’s the best my rosacea has ever looked.

      • ivan says:

        I’ve heard there’s something about putting it on at night. I used to put it on in the morning, and I didn’t see much improvement until I started putting it on before bed.

      • Shirley says:

        May I ask where one buys straight zinc oxide cream? I searched and searched…….I only find it in sunscreen (yuk!) or diaper rash ointment (double yuk!). So what product is recommended that has zinc oxide and not other chemical ingredients?

  2. Shanna says:

    I read about one lady who mixes coco powder with her zinc oxide to make it more flesh toned. I think I’m going to try this.

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