Tested on animals:No
Skinfix Rash describes Rash Repair Balm as a "do-it-all super-healing balm," and in a lot of ways this product has the potential to do what it says, thanks to the inclusion of some great skin-repairing ingredients. Unfortunately, it also includes some potentially problematic ingredients that can worsen damaged, sensitive skin, which is why it earned an average, two-star rating.
Rash Repair Balm is similar to Skinfix's other balms, this is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with a flip-top container. Also similar to the brand's other balm products, this is a somewhat thick formula that still absorbs quickly into skin.
As far as the formula goes, its active ingredient is zinc oxide at a concentration of 20%. Though zinc oxide is primarily known as a sunscreen ingredient, it's also a good anti-irritant, which is its function here, though it does have the side effect of leaving a strong white cast on skin. Additional anti-irritants such as aloe and allantoin are also present, as well as a number of emollients like jojoba oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, petrolatum, and sweet almost oil.
These are all great ingredients, and can all help heal a skin barrier damaged by the inflammation that comes from a rash. Unfortunately, Skinfix also includes the fragrant tree resins Oriental sweetgum, balsam tolu, and benzoin. They're not here in great amounts, but they do pose the potential irritation, which is not what you need in a product that is supposed to treat inflamed skin. See the More Info section for additional details.
It's unfortunate, but Rash Repair Balm is a product we can't recommend with more enthusiasm due to its inclusion of potentially irritating ingredients. . For products that will work well for damaged skin, and that don't share the drawbacks of this one, check out our recommendations on our list of Best Body Care 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 anti-irritants zinc oxide, aloe, and allantoin.
- Includes a number of beneficial emollients.
- Contains fragrant tree resins that could potentially irritate skin, especially problematic in a formula designed for sensitive, damaged skin.
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).