Rash Repair Balm
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).
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They arent in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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