To treat acne with calamine lotion, first gently clean the area using a natural soap free of preservatives. Dab the area with calamine lotion, then wait until it dries before going to bed. In the morning wash the lotion off, then repeat the process again at night. Apply calamine lotion every night until the acne vanishes.
The zinc oxide in calamine lotion reduces redness and inflammation while absorbing excess oil to help prevent acne from worsening. Calamine lotion has been used for years to relieve chicken pox, eczema and rashes from poison ivy. It can also be used to treat cystic acne.
Although some people have seen success from applying calamine lotion all over the face, it can be extremely drying, which is why it's best to limit contact to only the afflicted areas. Always avoid coming in contact with the eyes and mouth.
Avoid wearing heavy makeup while treating acne and wash the face using a gentle cleanser. Excessive washing and scrubbing with harsh cleansers can aggravate the skin, worsening the acne. Pay attention to where acne forms; for example, if acne often appears around the hairline, change shampoos and wash hair more frequently. Monitor what comes into contact with the face, avoiding contact with dirty hands, hair and cell phones.