Calamine lotion and when to use it
Calamine lotion is a preparation that consists of zinc oxide and iron oxide and is part of the group called anti-pruritic medicines. It can be found in a form of water-based lotion and cream, and in the form of oil-based lotion. It can be bought without a doctor’s prescription, but it is recommended to use it exactly as suggested on the label unless the doctor says otherwise. Since it is very effective when it is necessary to relieve pain, itching and some mild irritations, it is used in a number of skin problems and disorders. Most commonly it is used in the treatment of the following conditions:Acne, since it clears them off and it is effective even in cases of cystic acne and blackheads, which are particularly problematic. It also soothes skin irritations and inflammations, and it is usually applied on face before going to bed. Eczema can also be treated rather successfully with Calamine lotion because it contains zinc, which is particularly beneficial for this condition, also the astringent and antiseptic features of this lotion are very useful in the treatment of eczema. Sunburn can also be treated with Calamine lotion, since it has a cooling effect, soothes the redness and itching and helps in curing the damage of the skin that is caused by excessive exposure to sun. It is frequently one of the ingredients in sunscreen products, because it has the ability to absorb UVA and UVB rays. Contact dermatitis, which occurs as a result of the skin contact with some irritant, can be treated with Calamine lotion, because of its beneficial characteristics when it is necessary to relieve itching and soothe the skin.
Other uses of this lotion are related to body rashes that are a result of excessive sweating, contact with poison ivy, poison sumac or oak, but it is well known that Calamine lotion is also helpful in the treatment of boils and red spots, chickenpox, insect bites and stings. It also prevents the infections that tend to develop because of scratching the troubled areas. Oozing or weeping blisters and acne abscesses can be dried with the help of Calamine lotion as well.
Are there any side effects, or it is perfectly safe?
As for the side effects, they are really rarely experienced.