Dermatologists Skeptical of Calamine Lotion TikTok Trend

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Aug. 16, 2022 -- A increasing bandwagon of TikTok influencers has been utilizing and promoting calamine lotion arsenic a makeup primer nether foundation. While this whitethorn enactment arsenic a basal furniture for immoderate people, dermatologists person concerns astir this trend, peculiarly the hazard of dryness.

As of Aug. 12, the # calamine lotion tag had much than 20.8 cardinal views connected TikTok, with hundreds of videos hailing the pick for its opaque pinkish tint and matte effect erstwhile utilized nether foundation.

Calamine lotion has been utilized to dainty itchy rashes, insect bites, and symptom from chickenpox and poison ivy for years. It’s sold implicit the antagonistic and is simply a communal attraction for tegument discomfort, says Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist successful New York City. It is besides connected the World Health Organization’s list of indispensable drugs, she says.

“This is thing that has been astir for a agelong time. It’s recognized arsenic a cause that has importance. So each present and past I conjecture idiosyncratic comes crossed it and says it’s a ‘new panacea’ for something, but it’s truly not. It’s conscionable an old-time elemental product.”

Calamine lotion is made of ferric oxide and zinc oxide, which gives it its antiseptic and anti-itch properties, successful summation to its diagnostic pinkish color. Zinc oxide is besides commonly utilized successful mineral sunscreens, Day says.

Though these ingredients are harmless with temporary, localized use, precocious concentrations and chronic usage of calamine lotion tin beryllium irritating to the skin, says Pooja Sodha, MD, manager of the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology astatine George Washington University successful Washington, DC.

At these precocious concentrations, calamine lotion tin beryllium drying, which whitethorn origin tegument clumping and tin beryllium abrasive, says Sodha. She besides cautions that the astringent properties of the zinc and the precocious pH whitethorn disrupt proteins connected the skin, which breaks down the skin's earthy defenses. Using calamine lotion each implicit the look regular tin “potentially harm your tegument obstruction to a constituent wherever you're going to person to bash a batch of other enactment ... to bring it back."

Day besides worries astir this inclination resulting successful dry skin. Even successful situations wherever utilizing calamine lotion is appropriate, similar treating poison ivy, its drying effects tin sometimes irritate the skin.

And adust tegument tin beryllium much than an aesthetic issue: It tin pb to breaks successful the skin, which tin effect successful infections and scarring, she says. While this whitethorn not hap successful idiosyncratic with highly oily skin, astir radical don’t person highly oily skin, says Day, truthful this volition beryllium ineffective astatine champion and damaging astatine worst.

If idiosyncratic is looking for a bully constitution basal layer, Sodha recommends thing that's non-comedogenic and non-sensitizing, similar silicon-based primers.

“The large happening astir these products is that they are non-comedogenic, truthful they won't clog your pores. They're synthetic, truthful they're not going to origin immoderate benignant of allergy,” she says.

In general, some dermatologists pass their patients to beryllium wary of the TikTok trends they spot online and caution astir imaginable effects with semipermanent usage of calamine lotion connected the face, adjacent if it appears to enactment with 1 use.

“Consumers person to deliberation astir this similar they bash with immoderate benignant of merchandise that they travel across, conscionable reasoning astir the semipermanent effects of thing similar this and however it works for their ain skin,” says Sodha.