Pros and Cons of Zinc Oxide in Sunscreen Lotion

Zinc oxide is successfully used in sunscreen lotion due to its property of blocking and reflecting ultraviolet rays. It is capable of blocking both UVA and UVB rays. The zinc oxide does not penetrate the skin and also provide protection from a broad spectrum of wavelength. Use of zinc oxide is considered safest among other minerals used in sunscreen lotion.

Pros and Cons of Zinc Oxide:


  • It protects against UVA and UVB rays: Zinc oxide is a photo-stable mineral protecting from a broad spectrum of wavelength.
  • It works right away on the application: Some sunscreen lotions recommend to apply lotion before 20 minutes you leave outside in the sun. But brands using zinc oxide, especially BP-1 and BP-2 grade is a physical blocker, and it works as soon as you apply it. This means you can move out immediately in the sun after applying the sunscreen lotion.

  • It can be used by all skin types: Zinc oxide is used as a skin protectant. Rarely an individual might have skin irritation, hence it can be used for all skin types, even on the sensitive skin. It is non-comedogenic, i.e. it does not create blackheads or acne on most part of the skin.


  • It goes on white: On application of sunscreen with zinc oxide appears white on the skin, thus giving translucent look like ghost types. Thus people with darker skin types avoid using this lotion.
  • It might cause an allergicreaction but in very rare cases.

Further, some tips on using a Zinc oxide based sunscreen lotion:

  • Apply zinc oxide based lotion when you are indoors and then you can step out in sun.
  • Use the right amount of lotion for proper coverage.
  • Always apply the lotion on parts that are exposed in the sun, especially on hands, neck, and chest.

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