I have very oily skin, and I was recently wondering what I could use as a makeup primer that would leave my face matte. I put a zinc oxide oitntment on, and my face stayed matte, but I don't know if this (putting zinc oxide ointment on my face every day) is hazardous or not. Please help!
Ok to use Zinc oxide ointment on my face as makeup primer?
Question posted by peace1 on 13 May 2013
Last updated on 9 July 2017 by HarleySpanhanks92
Hi! I have been looking for a way around buying expensive makeup primers for what seems like an eternity. The ones that actually DO work always seem to cost me and arm and a leg. My skin is naturally oily, so I have to use specific brands. Plus, summer heat is scorching hot where I live and the sweating makes the oiliness so much worse. I got to thinking and decided I would try my son's diaper rash cream as a primer. I've only been using this for 2 days, but my skin looks and feels great AND it seems to make my makeup last longer, even with sweating from the summer heat. I'm no dermatologist, so please don't assume my comment is from some professional source. Plus, it's only day 2. So far, I've had no breakouts of any kind, but that could change. So far, I've noticed more pros than cons. I'll keep you updated!
Applying zinc oxide to your face daily is NOT harmful. It is a natural sunscreen that has been around for years. If you are old enough to remember, kids used to put a colored zinc cream on for sunscreen in the 80's and 90's (Zinka.) Check the ingredient list of any good quality natural sunscreen. It will likely be one of, if not the only active ingredient. It can be drying since it is a mineral, but since you have oily skin, I would imagine that may be of benefit to you. I don't know technically how well it works as a primer, since it can be kind of pasty and may look white-ish on your skin. But I have tried it for that purpose and anecdotally for me it seemed to work ok in terms of helping makeup stay put. My skin is a little on the dry side, however, so I have opted for a primer that has a mineral sunscreen in it from Goddess Garden.
Zinc oxide is good for your skin but its usually used on babies butts not faces. They make a make up primer that is intended for oily skin. Cover gitl also makes makeup for oily skin. The other thing is that it may cause more problems with oily skin.
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