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David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Lighten up, TITANIUM dioxide on 07/24/2012 10:38:53 MDT Print View

I am surprised folks on backpackinglight are still using that heavy zink when they
could switch to Ti oxide.

If you spend a lot of time on Glaciers in the middle of the day, Clown White is even
thicker, a total block. Get it at Clown supply stores. It has titanium. It will lighten your heart.

Edited by oware on 07/24/2012 10:41:11 MDT.

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Zinc Oxide Ointment on 08/06/2012 09:10:10 MDT Print View

WalMart sells the clear zinc oxide that is also odorless. It's great stuff.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Zinc Oxide Ointment on 08/06/2012 17:24:31 MDT Print View

Donna what brand is the Walmart clear zinc oxide?

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Re: Re: Zinc Oxide Ointment on 08/07/2012 03:26:19 MDT Print View

They sell both Equate and Ocean Potion. I have used the Ocean Potion as a sunscreen for my face.

Thayne N
(teethless) - MLife

Locale: Boston
zinc oxide on 08/09/2012 23:58:19 MDT Print View

I too have become a convert after reading many a bpl thread that mentions the benefits. I ended up finding scentless 20% in the pharmacy of my local walgreens. I'm curious about the ti oxide!

Raquel Rascal

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
Target pharmacy on 10/31/2012 22:39:42 MDT Print View

I'm considering adding this stuff to my kit. I picked up the Fougera brand from the pharmacist at Target. They store it behind the counter for some reason.

I happen to trust the Fougera brand because there is another cream of theirs I have been using for years.


There is no added fragrance to this brand.

Do you think it could be used on our feet to prevent maceration? If so, do you think it would be best to apply it in the morning or at night?

David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
clown white on 11/01/2012 10:50:14 MDT Print View

REI carried it at one time in quarter size tins. Comes scented or not.

The best thing for your nose and lower lip when traveling on a glacier in July.

Here is a maker.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Zinc oxide ointments - some better than others on 11/02/2012 00:24:22 MDT Print View

Different zinc oxide ointment formulas have different ingredients and properties. Read the labels.

Zinc oxide sunscreens are usually 20% zinc oxide or more. Anything substantially less might require lots more for the same protection.

Read all the other ingredients, and make sure you like what you see. The simplest ointments have just zinc oxide and a base like petroleum jelly, mineral oil, vegetable oil, beeswax, or mixtures of those.

Some people are concerned about zinc oxide nanoparticles used in the "clear" formulas. You can get zinc oxide ointments and sunscreens without nanoparticles, that goes on white and clears up with some rubbing.

For a very thorough review of nanoparticle zinc oxide health and environmental effects:

I use Badger SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen, which is zinc oxide (without nanoparticles) in vegetable oils and beeswax. My wife won't touch it, because it clogs her pores.

I've learned a lot of other uses for my sunscreen from this thread!

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
I use a lot of this stuff on 11/02/2012 07:12:58 MDT Print View

Re: Plain Zinc Oxide Ointment,

I tend to use a lot of this when I'm kayaking. Sun reflecting on open water can really cause a sunburn in no time, even in overcast winter weather.
It does give you that blotchy white look when applied heavily and not thoroughly rubbed in, but I don't care.

I don't use it much for sun protection where I hike, the North East US is mostly a green tunnel. Maybe a little on the nose.
I did use it a lot hiking in UT, AZ, NM last spring. No shade on those hikes.

I also find I use it a lot in windy weather for wind burn, especially on the lips and hands.

I've used it a few times for hiker rash.

Raquel Rascal

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
curious on 11/02/2012 12:57:02 MDT Print View

What I'm really curious about if it it could be used on our feet as a moisture barrier to prevent maceration. The pharmacist I spoke to didn't seem to have the time of day for me, but she did briefly suggest that it is used to prevent diaper rashes, therefore, it could be used to prevent maceration.

Using it on our feet would make it a great multi-use tool.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Thanks on 11/04/2012 09:59:08 MST Print View


Thanks for the info. I ordered some of the Equate from Walmart.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Zinc Oxide Ointment on 02/14/2013 22:39:54 MST Print View

Hey folks,

It's pretty easy to make your own Zinc Oxide Ointments, and for a heck of a lot cheaper. I somewhat recently bought a lb of micro Zinc Oxide for about 8 dollars. Micro meaning small enough particles to rub in clear, but not technically nano and less chance of possibly getting into the blood stream. Anyways, as i look like a "stereotypical" Scot (reddish beard and all), i burn very easy. That lb of Zinc will last quite a long time and make a lot of sunscreen.

Re: the nano and possible health issues, what i rarely see mentioned is the possible importance of the carrier medium. If the Zinc gets suspended in a heavier and larger moleculed type oil or cream, it's less likely to penetrate through the deeper layers of the skin because the carrier medium itself is going to more or less sit on top of the skin or first couple of layers.

In other words, DON'T put micro or especially nano Zinc particles in carrier oils like Emu, Macadamia, or Jojoba oils because these are deeply penetrating oils that can get very deep into the skin.

Btw, for sunscreen, i mix the Zinc into Sesame and Shea Butter since these also have some minor sun protecting properties.