Does calamine lotion work as a cheap pre-makeup primer?

It’s usually used to soothe insect bites, but is it a good idea to slather it on to your face before applying foundation?

The hack
Using calamine lotion as a primer before makeup.

The test
It’s used for chickenpox and insect bites but this old-school pharmacy staple is going viral as TikTok users spread it on their faces as a primer – using their hands or a foundation brush – allow it to dry and then apply makeup over it. But is there any logic here, or has the desperation to make anything go viral reached peak pointlessness? I’m veering towards the latter but in theory calamine – which contains zinc oxide, iron oxide and phenol – does absorb oil, so oily skins may see some benefit. But when used for longer than the recommended time (usually seven days) it could cause excess dryness.

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