How to Clear Acne With Calamine Lotion

By Kelly Sundstrom

If your acne is resistant to traditional methods of clearing the skin, such as benzoyl peroxide creams, lotions and toners, you need look no further than your medicine cabinet to find a different approach that will not irritate your skin. Calamine lotion has been used for years to treat chicken pox and poison ivy, but it can also be used to treat stubborn acne.

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Zinc oxide is the secret ingredient in calamine lotion.

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Step 1

Wash your skin gently and thoroughly with a natural, preservative-free soap. You can find natural soap at any natural foods market in the shampoo section. Don't scrub the skin when you wash your face -- simply lather your hands, gently apply the soap to your wet skin, lather your face and rinse with clean water.

Step 2

Dry your face with a clean towel. Apply calamine lotion to a cotton swab and dab a little bit of the lotion directly to the acne blemishes. Apply more than one coat if you like. Wait for the calamine lotion to dry and leave it on overnight.

Step 3

Wash your face as usual the next morning, rinsing the calamine lotion off your skin. Apply the lotion as needed every night until the blemishes go away. You should see a marked improvement in about a week.