Zinc Creams and Eczema
Zinc has been used as a therapeutic aid for many centuries with its photo-protective and soothing qualities playing a key role in the creation of sun block, eczema cream treatments and even as the active ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos. Treatments of acne and scars have also been known to show improvement when the introduction of zinc is given topically.
Many studies have produced results confirming the efficacy of zincs beneficial role in helping relieve eczema. But more recently, researchers now recommend that due to the compelling reduction in the telltale redness, scaling and chronic itching of eczema, that the application of topical zinc, specifically zinc oxide, has an obviously clear benefit specific to eczema sufferers.
With the healing and antioxidant properties as well as the antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties of zinc oxide, it’s no wonder after so many failed treatments that eczema sufferers are celebrating its benefits all over the world and flocking to buy it in the tubs.
It doesn't take long to find the plethora of anecdotal evidence among the eczema community talking about the chronic itch relieving benefits of topical zinc, with the majority of zinc users swearing by its efficacy. Many eczema and topical steroid withdrawal forums and zinc product reviews will have areas dedicated to the use of topical zinc, with glowing reports. As such, it's no surprise that people will leave the house absolutely slathered in this thick white cream, with no regard for appearance, just so they can feel relief from the burden of the itch!
As an effective antibacterial, zinc benefits the skin by helping clean the eczema which is commonly open to many bacteria, such as staph, and microbes that often lead to infection and further irritation.
Zinc can be found as a base zinc oxide powder, or as an additive to various topical eczema creams and lotions.
It needs to be mentioned here that rare allergic reaction cases to topical zinc oxide or to some of the components of the mixture have been recorded, so care is always recommended when purchasing and using the product. Always make sure to read the label when buying zinc, as many companies use nasty chemicals in their solutions to preserve, scent and color their products.
I feel the best way to buy zinc for eczema treatments is to buy the powder to make your own using either Zinc Oxide Powder or if you want your own pre-made cream, Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream is one of the best rated zinc-containing creams I have found.