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Lacto Calamine Lotion for Oily Skin and Acne Scars

review of lacto calamine for oily acne prone skin

Lacto Calamine to cure pimples and acne scars

Made by Piramal Healthcare, Lacto Calamine lotion has been around forever. In this review, we will look at the ingredients of Lacto Calamine lotion and answer common questions related to the use and benefits of Lacto Calamine.

Lacto Calamine ingredients: Water, kaolin, castor oil, glycerin, zinc oxide, zinc carbonate, emulsifiers, preservatives, permitted colours and perfumes.

Lacto Calamine price: Rs. 80 for 60 ml, Rs. 45 for 30 ml.

lacto-calamine-oil-controlThe calamine in Lacto Calamine is a mix of zinc oxide and zinc carbonate. Zinc oxide provides sun protection and aids skin healing. Zinc oxide is excellent when it comes to healing pimples and preventing acne.

Now Lacto Calamine is available in a new, oil control version for oily and normal skin: Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Daily Nourishing Lotion. The white bottle is different from the purple Classic Skinsurance one, although the ingredient list is same for both.

This review is applicable for both Lacto Calamine Classic and Lacto Calamine Skin Balance.

Can Lacto Calamine be used on acne prone skin?

If you have a mild case of pimples (not acne vulgaris or adult acne), Lacto Calamine can be a good choice as a protectant and moisturizer for oily skin. It has been known to clear up skin nicely for those who get occasional pimples.

Does Lacto Calamine contain comedogenic ingredients?

Glycerin and castor oil are two ingredients that are commonly considered comedogenic. Castor oil has a reputation for causing acne, so if your acne is cystic or adult acne, it is advisable to keep your hands off Lacto Calamine. The label does not list the names of emulsifiers, preservatives and colours used, so it is hard to tell if any of those might be comedogenic.

How to use Lacto Calamine?

Use Lacto Calamine after washing your face morning and evening. You can also use it as a night cream. But all this should be tried only after you have made sure it is not aggravating your acne. If it causes dryness, limit use to only mornings and use another moisturizer for evening or night.

Can Lacto Calamine be used as a sunscreen?

The zinc oxide in the lotion does protect against the sun. Whether it provides enough sun protection is not clear as there is no SPF number given on the label. But if you are outside only for 15-20 minutes, Lacto Calamine can be a good zinc oxide based physical sunblock. If most sunscreens break you out, you can try this.

What are Lacto Calamine benefits?

Glycerin and castor oil are moisturizing agents, kaolin clay is good for keeping skin oil-free and the zinc components help acne prone skin.

Is Lacto Calamine good for oily acne prone skin?

Yes, if you have oily skin with occasional pimples. Definitely do a patch test before trying it for severe acne.

Does Lacto Calamine cure pimples?

Zinc oxide can dry up existing pimples fast. Zinc oxide also has astringent properties that can help curb oil production in the skin. It can prevent new pimples from forming by its astringent action on the oil glands.

Does Lacto Calamine remove acne scars?

Lacto Calamine has little to offer when it comes to filling up depressed acne scars. It may reduce any redness around pitted scars so that they appear smoother.

Does Lacto Calamine remove dark pimple marks and lighten skin?

Yes, in part due to accelerated healing of skin and sun protection coming from the calamine components.

Also read our recommendations for the best moisturizer in India for oily acne prone skin.

Can men use Lacto Calamine?

Lacto Calamine can be used by men. It does impart a pink tinge to the skin which is not easily detectable.


The benefits of Lacto Calamine for oily acne prone skin come mainly from the calamine component of the lotion. The castor oil and glycerin added to the calamine can worsen acne if your skin is highly acne prone. Whether Lacto Calamine will suit your skin or not comes down to whether benefits of zinc will outweigh the pore clogging action of glycerin and castor oil. So it is a double-edged sword, but worth a try.

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12 Responses to Lacto Calamine Lotion for Oily Skin and Acne Scars

  1. Kanika Verma April 15, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    If you have pimples, you can use it. If you have picked your pimple, and a red mark is left, it can make it better. If you see that a pimple is rising, like u can feel a bit of pain in a particular spot of the skin, apply it, it can prevent the pimple.
    If you want a sunscreen, it can help, and even if you want a foundation to use on an everyday basis, and do not want to invest in a cosmetic type foundation, this can be a substitute. I have tried using it as a mild concealer too.

  2. saara April 19, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Lacto calamine is really great…though I dnt hv severe acne now bt couple of years before when I was struggling I consulted a dermatologist..he adviced me to use lacto calamine as a vehicle for my sunscreen as well as my moisturiser..it made a huge difference in my skin.my skin smoothed out..I dnt know the scientific reason bejind it, bt I think it is the mechanical barrier that lacto calamine firms makes it effective. .

  3. Mitu May 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I m 19 yrs old i lived in bangladesh Dhaka ,my skin is very oily n pimple also dark spot . i have used many thing to get rid of . but everything has been failed . so in that case can i use this product . will it work on my skin . if i start use this product so can i have bright skin n can i get rid of pimple ,oily also dark sport .pls let me know .hope i ll hear from u soon

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      AM May 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Mitu, Lacto Calamine is not the best at controlling very oily skin. It will not clear up pimples and dark spots either. At least not completely. Instead, you could try this Keracnyl Regimen for help with oiliness, pimples and dark spots. Changes will not happen overnight so you will need to be patient. In the meanwhile, see a dermatologist if you have not already done so. That’s because over the counter products like Lacto Calamine cannot do much for moderate to severe acne. For that, you will require medical treatment to bring the acne under control.

  4. sri May 13, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    I have dry skin and get occasional pimples and and a few acne scars. can i use this product?

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      AM May 13, 2013 at 5:34 am #

      Sri, you will be able to make a better decision whether Lacto Calamine will suit your skin or not when you figure out your Acne Prone Skin Type here. Lacto Calamine works for APST type 1 and 2, but can cause pimples on type 3.
      Lacto Calamine will not remove indented scarring by any means, so do not expect a difference if your scars are actually scars and not just dark marks. Also, Lacto Calamine might dry out your dry skin further due to its clay content.

  5. Soumi May 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Hey! Thanks for the review. I get occasional pimples and that leaves very bad scars. I understand Lacto Calamine only helps to reduce the pimple and red marks. So what can I use to get rid of those dark scars that I got from pimples a few months ago?

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      AM May 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      Then you give the Keracnyl Regimen a shot. It is mainly an exfoliating regimen that will slough off dark pigment with regular use. (the Keracnyl regimen can be used by both men and women)

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    Ibrahim June 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Can i use lacto calamine as a sunscreen ,since i am not using any? Though i am on with keracnyl regime ..

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      AM June 2, 2013 at 5:24 am #

      For skin that gets oily pretty quickly, you might want to give Calak lotion from Shalaks Pharma a shot. Unlike Lacto Calamine, Calak does not contain castor oil so it will give you a shine-free finish while being good for your acne prone skin (zinc oxide).

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    Anamika Nayan October 28, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I am having a oily skin and used to have pimples which results in scary marks…
    So as per your suggestion i will try this lacto calamine since i have heard good response for this product from many users…
    But my problem is… i can try this only in summer seasons…
    As after half of october, when comes the winter, my skin starts to dry,no oily anymore and i really dont know what to do in that situation.
    I want your help advice to fight with my pimples and dryness which result in fissured skin during the winter… :(

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      AM October 28, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Hiya Anamika, it is not a suggestion to use Lacto Calamine. It is just information. :) The post mentions that Lacto Calamine contains castor oil which may clog pores if your skin breaks out easily. The post also says that it doesn’t work for everyone. So tread carefully if you decide to use it.

      Browse around this website a bit more and you’ll find tons of articles that will help you fight both dry skin and acne marks.