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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