Diaper Rash Cream Is Apparently the New Way to Cure Breakouts

For serious.

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That's right—beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai, of the onion-on-your-brows (opens in new tab)turmeric-on-your-teeth (opens in new tab) persuasion, is back at it again with the miscellaneous household items that are supposed to make you more beautiful. But this time around, she has an even more wild notion to wrap your head around: Diaper rash cream as an acne treatment. 

In a video on Instagram, Dhukai applies Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream (opens in new tab) all over her face set to Drake's "One Dance" (opens in new tab) (because #VIEWS 🙏)  explaining in the caption that the formula's zinc oxide and calendula ingredients help sooth inflammation.

Enticing in a will-this-give-me-baby's-butt-skin? kind of way, but still endlessly weird, we needed an expert opinion. And let's just say we won't be tossing our go-to spot treatments (opens in new tab) anytime soon.

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"Although diaper rash creams have a combination of ingredients that help babies recover from the irritation of yeast, moisture, and bacteria, not all the ingredients are helpful when applied to the face," explains Nazarian. "Applying zinc oxide to the face is not a good idea for acne-prone skin as it causes occlusion of the skin and can trap sweat and heat underneath, oftentimes triggering acne."

Yes, while some diaper rash creams have soothing ingredients that can help acne, others can actually make your breakouts worse. The verdict? Stick to actual acne medication that's formulated to transfer the active ingredients you want versus what you don't want.

Try: Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying Mask, $20; sephora.com (opens in new tab).

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.