While in CVS the other night I almost bought a product called Skin Zinc but I decided to check it out before dropping $30 on some lotion. I must also admit that I went into the research for the product and this post fully expecting to bash Skin Zinc pretty bad. I thought for sure I would uncover a Skin Zinc scam along the way but after looking around, I’m not sure it’s all bad. A few things made red flags go up but when you really look at what the product is I don’t think it is entirely a scam. Maybe just a little bit of over zealous advertising. Let’s take a look at some of the facts.
What is Skin Zinc
Skin Zinc is a product that claims to offer relief of psoriasis, dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. The package comes with a Skin Zinc spray for use on the scalp and body and a Skin Zinc cream for use on the body only.
Skin Zinc Claims
This is where I think Skin Zinc gets a bit over zealous with there marketing campaign as they claim to be the #1 OTC medication for psoriasis relief. What they leave out is…#1 for what? Considering this is one of the few psoriasis products actually sold at Walmart, CVS and Walgreens … I’m guessing that’s #1 in sales.
The Active Ingredients
The active ingredient in the spray is zinc pyrithione while the active ingredient in the cream is salicylic acid. This is where Skin Zinc actually earns a little more credibility in the product itself. Salicylic acid is actually one of only two OTC active ingredients (along with coal tar) approved by the FDA for the treatment of psoriasis and zinc pyrithione is approved for the treatment of dandruff.
Skin Zinc Reviews
If you check Amazon Skin Zinc Reviews there seems to be a pretty positive experience with Skin Zinc. Checking around message boards is a different story however and the product seems to quickly get labeled a scam or people insist it doesn’t work.
A closer look at the Amazon reviews also brings up some suspect activity in my opinion. The oldest (ones at the bottom) reviews seem legit and mixed 50/50. This isn’t entirely unexpected for a product used on an incurable disease where people react differently to different products. The suspect activity comes in the last three reviews that kicked this up to a 4 out of 5 star product. The reviewers have very few Amazon site reviews and there last reviews were all of Skin Zinc. This leads me to believe marketing was in play again and profiles were created to look legit before giving Skin Zinc a 5 star rating. The reviews themselves don’t even read like natural reviews.
My Take – Does Skin Zinc Work?
I think calling Skin Zinc a scam is too harsh. The fact is they make, package and promote a product that contains active ingredients approved by the FDA. Now that being said I think the marketing unfortunately is far better than the product. There just aren’t as many positive responses from people as you would expect from the #1 selling psoriasis product. There is also a glaring omission of doctor referrals anywhere on their site and I have never heard of a doctor recommending Skin Zinc.
The price also seems a bit too high for what it does. There are many psoriasis creams available for far cheaper that help to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis just as Skin Zinc claims to and many of those come with recommendations from doctors.
Will I buy it? No
Should you buy it? Debatable
No for me because fortunately my psoriasis flare ups aren’t too severe (knock on wood) and respond to cheaper ointments and creams. Debatable for you because psoriasis is funny in that some things that don’t work for some are exactly what others need. Unfortunately that means trial and error til something works.
If you want to try it for yourself or if you’ve already tried it, drop us a comment and let us know how it worked. You can pick it up at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS or here at Amazon.