Calamine Lotion: Ingredients, Benefits, and How to Use It

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Jul 09, 2020 08:00 PM

You may have a memory of calamine lotion in your childhood and that is presumably after you got chickenpox. Calamine lotion has long been praised for its helpful anti-itch, calming effect.

Zinc oxide, the active ingredient, has a soothing effect on the skin while antiseptic agents resist scratching from infection. 

Calamine lotion is a medication that is simple, healthy, convenient, and affordable. Keep reading this post to learn more about calamine lotion, the benefits, and how to use it!

What is Calamine Lotion?

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Calamine lotion is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug, also called pruritus, that is used to relieve mild itchiness. This will even serve to clear away oozing irritations to the skin.

This calming pink lotion will help to relieve any skin conditions as follows:

  • reactions to poisonous plants, such as poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac
  • insect bites
  • chickenpox
  • shingles
  • swimmer’s itch
  • scabies
  • chigger bites
  • minor burns

Calamine Lotion Ingredients

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What are the ingredients of calamine lotion? A mixture of zinc oxide and 0.5 percent iron (ferric) oxide is the active component in calamine lotion. The iron oxide gives it a pink color that identifies it.

Normally, calamine lotion contains even inactive ingredients such as:

  • purified water
  • glycerin
  • calcium hydroxide
  • bentonite magma

What is Calamine Lotion Used for?

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This pinkish lotion is used to alleviate pain, itching, and discomfort from mild irritations of the skin such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. This also allows us to dry the oozing and weeping caused by irritation from certain plants.

Calamine lotion contains zinc which is essential to the skin's preservation and function. It can help to relieve skin irritation, allergies to plants, and infections.

How to Use Calamine Lotion

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This medication is allowed to be used on the skin only. Follow all instructions or use them as instructed by your doctor. Shake well before using.

Use a cotton pad to apply the medication, then allow the medication to settle on the skin. If you're unsure of all of the information, check with your doctor or pharmacist. 

Stop getting this medicine in the parts of the head, lips, nose, and genital/anal. When you are taking the medication in those places, flush with lots of water. Ask the doctor if the situation gets worse or doesn't get better within 7 days. 

Recommendations for use:

1. Shake the bottle gently, before use. 

2. Moisten the cotton pad or similar applicator with the lotion. 

3. Apply lotion with a cotton ball to the infected region of the skin. 

4. Let the lotion on the skin dry. 

5. Repeat as much as you need.

Calamine Lotion for Acne

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Calamine lotion has demonstrated some advantages in the treatment of acne. This does not contend with root triggers of acne so it cannot prevent breakouts from occurring.

This can assist with the use of calamine lotion as spot therapy. Since calamine lotion has drying effects, it can help dry out more easily the pimples caused by excess oil. 

Yet, over-drying acne can cause inflammation and make acne worse, so you need to use calamine lotion carefully. Use this also with a moisturizer.

Calamine Lotion for Poison Ivy

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To help soothe the itch, add calamine lotion three or four times a day. Remove topical anesthetic antihistamines and benzocaine anesthetic creams since both can induce another allergic reaction on top of the poison ivy. Reduce inflammation by adding a one percent cream of hydrocortisone to the affected area.

How Does Calamine Lotion Work?

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Calamine is an anti-itch drug that acts by inducing a feeling of warmth of the skin as it evaporates. Calamine also dries out oozing or weeping from a mild inflammation of the skin. 

Topical calamine is used to treat itching and irritation of the skin caused by varicose veins, insect bites or stings, measles, eczema, sunburn, poison ivy, and other minor skin problems. Calamine topical can also be used for non-listed uses in this Medication Guide.

Calamine Lotion for Hives

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Working with bees, aphids and bugs involve frequent bites of insects which may lead to hives, scabies, and infection. An effective solution to alleviate itching and inflammation could be to apply ice packs and calamine lotion. 

Often, Calamine may give immediate spider bite relief. Scabies and stings/bites from fleas, mites, and chiggers may also be handled by topical treatment. But if there are any discomfort, swelling, and redness, contact a health care provider.