Every now and then someone takes to the internet to share a beauty hack that has the rest of the world shook. The latest thing that has people talking? Using diaper cream to treat cystic acne.
Reddit user Infinitesimallyok posted on the popular subreddit r/skincareaddiction that she recently reached for diaper cream when nothing else was working on a stubborn cystic acne pimple. She wrote, “I was at my wits end, none of my spot treatments were doing anything to these gigantic monsters and I figured “how much worse can I make it”.” After leaving the product on overnight, she claimed to see results by the next morning and that her pimples had come to a head.
As bizarre as this beauty hack may seem, other users were quick to agree that diaper cream works for them, too. Buffaloflump shared, “I just pop a bit on before bed, and I wake up with it reduced and less red. I’ve encouraged my friends to try it and they love it too!”. User pseduonimf recently started using the baby’s product on her acne and claims, “it’s been magical✨✨✨”.
Although the post has been getting a lot of attention recently, applying diaper cream to acne is nothing new for some internet users. A quick Twitter search dug up a lot of results that prove people have been using this hack for ages.
listen.. though. this gone sound crazy, but i got a baby, so 🤷🏽♀️ but lmfao diaper rash cream. i swear. if you have a pimple. you put that shit on it & the next day it’s gone be gone 😂
— muvaK☯️ (@Kihh_) May 9, 2018
Got a pimple?
1. Clean your face and your hands
2. Pop it w/o irritating or ripping your skin, try to get all the infection out
3. Clean your face again
4. Apply diaper rash cream
5. Let sit overnight
6. Wake up. It’s Gone 👌🏾
— Curly Sue 🤸🏾♂️ (@onlyShanee) April 22, 2018
HI IF U HAVE MINOR-MEDIUM ACNE, HEAT BUMPS, A RASH, OR JUST THE OCCASIONAL PIMPLE INVEST IN SOME SUDOCREAM.. its a little tub of inexpensive diaper rash cream but i stg it will change your life. (If it doesnt id pay u☠️)
— simran (@simwalkk) March 6, 2018
Even the popular Canadian beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai shared a video using diaper cream as an acne spot treatment back in 2016.
☠BEST ACNE KILLER MASK!☠ 👶🏾DIAPER RASH CREAM! #iaintsorry🍋 🖖🏾Diaper Rash cream contains ZINC oxide which is an acne KILLER!🔪Especially if you have hormonal/cystic acne🎊 🎈The diaper rash cream that im using also has calendula in it – which is an anti-inflammitory, so if youre acne is red and inflamed, itll sooth it I am using weleda diaper rash cream TO USE: ❣Apply as a spot treatment to all your acne spots, let it dry and go to bed. Wash off in morning OR ❣you can apply this all over your face as a night time sleeping mask and wash off in the morning. 😝Your face will be as smooth as a babies butt *disclaimer – if you have sensitive skin, do a test patch first* Thanks to @champagnepapi for the cameo 😊 Disclaimer: As with any skin care regimen, always do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients. Everyone’s skin is different, so result can vary from person to person. I can not vouch for any substitute ingredients. This post is provided for information and educational purposes. It is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice. Please discontinue use if your skin does not react well to the regimen. #hudabeauty #vegas_nay #wakeupandmakeup #brian_champagne #makegirlzvid #makegirlz#hairmakeupdiary#talkthatmakeup#melformakeup #laurag_143 #makeupcoach #diy #diyvideo #easyremedies
While the jury is still out on whether or not the treatment is legit, dermatologists seem to agree that diaper cream can be helpful in reducing inflammation as it contains zinc oxide, but they warn against slathering your entire face with it as it could do more harm than good. If it’s good enough for a baby’s bottom, then it might be worth a shot on that pesky spot that just won’t budge.