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How to Apply Calamine Lotion

Three Parts:

If your skin is irritated from a plant like poison ivy or an illness like the chickenpox, calamine lotion is an over-the-counter remedy that can provide relief and speed up your recovery. Even if your skin isn’t irritated, calamine lotion can be used in your skincare routine as a primer or moisturizer. It may even help heal and fade acne scars and other skin damage. By applying calamine lotion to a cotton pad and dabbing your skin with it gently, you could experience great relief and skincare benefits!


Applying Calamine Lotion

  1. Shake the bottle well.The different parts of calamine lotion tend to separate when they sit for a while. Shaking the bottle well before applying it ensures that all the ingredients combine, which will make it work most effectively.
  2. Apply the lotion to a cotton pad.Place a cotton pad over the opening of the bottle and tilt the bottle towards the pad so that the liquid pours onto the cotton. Repeat this process until the pad is moist with lotion but not sopping wet.
  3. Dab the wet cotton pad gently over the affected skin.Make sure to cover the whole affected area at least once.
    • Avoid picking or pulling at the affected skin while applying as this will only irritate it further, making it take longer to heal.
    • If you’re applying the lotion as a primer for makeup, you can use a stippling brush to spread a thin layer over your face before applying makeup.
  4. Avoid getting the lotion in your eyes, mouth, or nose.Calamine lotion is for external use only. If you’re applying it to your face, stay away from the area around your eyes and lips. Do not apply it to any orifices or genitals. If you accidentally do so, wash out the affected area immediately with water.
  5. Allow the lotion to dry.Once you have covered the entire affected area of skin, let the lotion sit. Do not cover the skin you have applied the lotion to until it is completely dry, as fabric could absorb the lotion. It could take a few minutes for the lotion to dry completely. Check the area by lightly touching it with your fingertips. When it’s done setting, it should feel completely dry.
  6. Reapply as often as needed.Calamine lotion can be applied as often as you need relief. If you’re concerned you’re using it too much, check the directions on the bottle or ask your doctor.
    • If your skin irritation is bothering you a lot, you can even apply a second coat of lotion after the first one dries. To apply a second coat of lotion, simply repeat the same process.

Storing Calamine Lotion

  1. Store calamine lotion in a dry place at room temperature.The directions on the bottle will tell you how to store the lotion. Usually, you will want to keep it in a closed container and put it somewhere away from moisture and direct light. You will also want to keep it at room temperature and not let it freeze. In most cases, a medicine cabinet works well for storage.
  2. Keep lotion out of reach of children.Make sure kids will not be able to get to your calamine lotion without help or supervision. Children could accidentally use calamine lotion in a dangerous way, such as swallowing it or putting it in their eyes or nose. By keeping it where kids can’t get it, you should be able to avoid that problem.
  3. Discard the lotion after its expiration date.Your bottle of calamine lotion should have an expiration date printed on the label. Take note of it and safely discard the lotion when the date has passed. Calamine lotion does not become dangerous after the expiration date, but it will usually be less effective.
    • When discarding your lotion, make sure you’re not temporarily putting it somewhere a child could reach it.

Taking Precautions

  1. Follow your doctor’s orders if you have a serious skin irritation.If you have a serious skin irritation, you should see your doctor before trying to treat the irritation yourself. Your doctor may give you specific directions about how to use calamine lotion. You should follow these instructions.
  2. Follow the directions on the bottle if you don’t have instructions from your doctor.Your bottle of calamine lotion will have directions on the side that will tell you how best to use it. Consult these and follow them as closely as possible. You can veer from these directions, though, if your doctor gives you different instructions.
  3. Stop using lotion immediately if you have a negative reaction.Occasionally, calamine lotion can cause further skin irritation. Do not continue to use it if it irritates your skin in any way. Contact your doctor if it causes painful or persistent irritation.
  4. Seek medical attention if your condition does not improve in 7 days.Calamine lotion will not always completely relieve skin irritations. If it has not helped improve your condition after a week, consult a doctor to learn about different treatment options.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I apply lotion with my hands to my body?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can.
  • Question
    Can I leave it on overnight?
    zoey mcguinness
    Community Answer
    No. It can hurt if you try to leave it on overnight. You will get a really bad rash.
  • Question
    I'm having redness on face and also itching. Will Calamine get rid of it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It is hard to tell without knowing the cause. Try using some to see if it improves. Also, do not scratch your itch or it could become worse.
  • Question
    Can this remove stretch marks?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, unfortunately it cannot remove stretch marks.
Unanswered Questions
  • Do I need to clean the skin every time I applied it? I have shingles. How often can I apply the lotion?
  • Does calamine help in aging?
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