Last update Sept. 29, 2023

Zinc (topical administration)


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Zinc in topical administration (cutaneous or oral hygiene).

As an astringent and skin protector, zinc sulfate, zinc carbonate and zinc oxide (alone or associated with ferric oxide, forming calamine) are used topically on the skin. Widely used for skin protection of the diaper area in infants. Zinc acetate with erythromycin is used in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Zinc sulfate is also used in eye drops. Zinc citrate, zinc lactate and zinc chloride are used in mouthwashes and other oral hygiene preparations.

Because of the small dose used and poor absorption into plasma of most topical dermatological preparations, excretion into breastmilk in significant amount appears to be unlikely.

Do not apply on the breast to prevent infant ingestion; otherwise, wash it off thoroughly with water before the next breast feed.

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We do not have alternatives for Zinc (topical administration) since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Zinc (topical administration) belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Zinc (topical administration) in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 81 daltons


  1. Gupta M, Mahajan VK, Mehta KS, Chauhan PS. Zinc therapy in dermatology: a review. Dermatol Res Pract. 2014 Abstract
  2. Gozen D, Caglar S, Bayraktar S, Atici F. Diaper dermatitis care of newborns human breast milk or barrier cream. J Clin Nurs. 2014 Abstract

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