Diaper cream to battle cystic acne? Apparently, it works! There are tons of DIY treatments to cure to skin related issues (toothpaste anyone?) and to be honest, most of them don't actually work. However, it seems as if this latest find does have a real effect on those troublesome pimples and, unlike many professional acne treating skincare series, it won't cost you a fortune.
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It was a user on Reddit who made the recommendation to try diaper cream. After having tried literally everything to get rid of her cystic acne, she had found a bottle of diaper cream at the back of her drawer and decided to put it on. Desperate times call for desperate measures and all that. Luckily, the diaper cream was effective, and she woke up the next day already seeing incredible improvement in her skin.
As reported in Teen Vogue, the Reddit user had gone through all the go-to tips such as apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, sulfur, and expensive skincare products specialized for acne prone skin, and nothing had worked. Now, can this to good to be true-story actually be backed up by the professionals? Yes, it can!
According to Dr. Shereene Idriss of Union Square Dermatology, zinc oxide, which is the main ingredient in diaper creams, helps to protect the skin. Although diaper creams can reduce the inflammation in a cystic lesion, it is not recommended to apply it all over your skin as the heavy texture potentially could clog your pores. Try to use it only on the actual pimples themselves, so you don't make your skin situation any worse. Cystic acne happens when the pimple infection goes deep under your skin, creating a red, painful bump full of pus. If this cyst bursts, it can spread the infection causing more breakouts, and if not appropriately treated cystic acne can leave scars.
With all skin care, and especially so for those with problematic skin, it's always best to speak to a dermatologist before venturing out and experimenting with strong products or things from the kitchen cabinet or the back of your bathroom drawer. Sometimes a skin related problem needs special treatment, and DIY treatments might have the reverse effect or make the situation worse.