Zinc oxide cream or topical zinc oxide is an over-the-counter or non-prescription astringent/ointment with weak to mild antiseptic properties. The zinc oxide cream works as an ointment or a skin protectant to protect against several skin conditions, including diaper rash, minor skin irritation, chafing, burns, insect bites, and abrasions.
It is a mild astringent that prevents and heals minor skin irritations such as abrasions, diaper rash, or insect bites. While the topical zinc oxide has minor antiseptic properties, people use it with sunscreen to protect against sunburns and tan.
Zinc oxide is a mineral present in the ointment which fastens the healing power of our skin. The rectal suppositories of zinc oxide are used to treat extreme itching, irritation, burning sensation, painful bowel movements, or rectal discomfort caused due to hemorrhoids.
It is often used as a protective coating as it promoted healing or burned or severely chapped skin.
Topical zinc oxide heals the diaper rash by forming a protective barrier between the diaper and the skin. Moderate concentrations of zinc oxide (15%) are used for the maintenance and prevention of diaper rash.
However, higher concentrations, that is 40% zinc oxide might have high antiseptic and absorptive properties for the full treatment of diaper rash.
Although sunscreen is enough to prevent sunburns, zinc oxide is a primary mineral that forms a protective layer to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Back in 500 BC, zinc oxide was used in its powdery form to treat open wounds and injuries near the eyes.
The Greek doctors were also confident in their findings that it could also treat the symptoms of skin cancers caused by UV rays.
Mineral zinc oxide sunscreens are used by aging women to prevent the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
The inorganic compound scatters the UV radiation and reduces premature aging.
Zinc oxide’s protective layer prevents irritants and moisture from entering your skin. Topical zinc oxide is available in various formulations, such as solution spray, ointment, cream, paste, and powder. However, people prefer zinc oxide cream as its application is easier as compared to powder or paste.
It is also associated with treating oozing or weeping caused by poison sumac, poison ivy, and poison oak.
Zinc oxide cream should always be stored at room temperature between 59 F to 86 F. Moreover, all types of topical zinc oxide formulations should be kept away from pets and children as there’s a risk of poisoning.
Topical zinc oxide might be applied a few times daily to affected areas for optimal results. Don’t apply to broken skin or blistered skin as the mineral might cause irritations.
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