Can Diaper Rash Cream Fight Off Acne?

It's no secret that blogger, Farah Dhukai likes to go outside of the box when it comes to her beauty routine — think rubbing onions on her brows to make them grow, for example. So, when the blogger posted a video on her Instagram where she used diaper rash cream as an acne treatment, I honestly wasn't shocked. Dhukai is known for using creative, yet quirky beauty hacks, after all, so I wasn't surprised to see her use such an outlandish item on her face. However, after a little digging, I found out that this latest beauty solution isn't so crazy, after all.

The reasoning behind this DIY acne treatment is that the diaper rash contains zinc. According to Allure, zinc is an antioxidant that also contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help to fight off acne and control excess oils. So, in theory, diaper rash creams could work as an acne treatment.

In the caption of the video, Dhukai explains that she uses the Weleda Diaper Rash Cream specifically as it contains other skin soothing ingredients like calendula, which is an anti-inflamatory. In fact, XOVain blogger, Simone Olivero has even written a post about how the exact same cream helped to heal her acne, as well.

Both bloggers mentioned that they used the cream as both an acne spot treatment or as an all-over mask. If you're looking to try out this hack for yourself, Allure recommends trying only the spot treatment. According to Elizabeth Hale, associate professor of dermatology at New York University, in an interview with the magazine, "The cream can be heavy on emollients [moisturizing ingredients], and if it's applied all over someone's face with oily skin, it could plug the pores and cause further acne." So, less is definitely more with this beauty hack.

While it may be odd, it certainly is interesting. As beauty hacks go, this one definitely shouldn't be discounted.

It can work for the occasional zit and pimple, however, don't be so quick to use it as an all-over solution. The results may just backfire.

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