Tested on animals:No
Skinfix's Diaper Rash Balm comes with claims that it will soothe diaper rash "on the spot," and heal it after just one application. While it does have some ingredients that can definitely help in this regard, there are a couple that have the potential to cause more irritation, which is why this earns only an average, two-star rating from us.
Diaper Rash Balm comes in a plastic squeeze tube, and is a very thick, white balm. This is due mainly to the amount of zinc oxide in the formula, listed here as an active ingredient at 20%. That's good news, since in addition to its more common use as a sunscreen ingredient, zinc oxide is also an effective anti-irritant, and is considered one of the gentler skincare ingredients available.
Also good is the inclusion of additional anti-irritants like aloe and allantoin, and non-fragrant plant emollients like jojoba oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil. Toward the end of the ingredient list there is even paraffin and petrolatum, which will help create a protective barrier on skin.
The issue here is that Skinfix also included oriental sweetgum, balm tolu, and benzoin, all fragrant tree resins which have the potential to irritate skin. Though they're not present here in large amounts, any amount of potential irritation could be a problem for sensitive, delicate baby skin that is already inflamed. See the More Info section for additional details.
Because of this, Diaper Rash Balm is a product we don't recommend. Instead, consider one of the superior options on our list of Best Body-Care Products (which includes baby products).
Note: Despite the fact this contains a high amount of zinc oxide, it isn't formulated to work as a sunscreen. Sunscreen actives require careful dispersion and formulation to function as a sunscreen active, so don't look to this to do double-duty as an SPF.
- Contains 20% of anti-irritant zinc oxide as its active ingredient.
- Contains good emollients like jojoba oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil.
- Contains oriental sweetgum, balsam tolu, and benzoin, which have the potential to cause irritation.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).