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    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    This may have come up multiple times, but I'll post again for those that don't know.
    Generic Zinc Oxide Ointment without fragrance has many uses:

    1) Good unscented sunscreen – very good at blocking sun and doesn't attract bugs like most sunscreens. It does create a white tint, but we aren't worried so much about that in the back-country.

    2) Poison ivy, oak, … – one of the best remedies out there.

    3) Reduces chaffing – Apply a little on the upper thighs or other body parts depending on your need.

    4) Deodorant – zinc oxide helps reduce BO.

    5) Lip (or other) balm – helps heal dry chapped lips or any body parts that are inflamed by sun, allergies or abrasions.

    6) Emergency fire starter – like petroleum jelly, combined with toilet paper, dried leaves, twigs, makes starting fires in damp conditions easy.

    7) To protect from water – Can be used the same way petroleum jelly would be used to protect against water. Shoe and clothing come to mind.

    8) Hemorrhoid ointment – Very effective. Some may find this very helpful.

    It is cheap and can be had at most drug stores. Many brands have added fragrance, so read the label.

    I use it mostly as a sunscreen, but the other uses make it multi-use.

    #1704162
    W I S N E R !
    BPL Member

    @xnomanx

    I always carry it. Discovered it through distance running as a means to stop the dreaded monkey-butt. Way cheaper than all the name-brand anti-chaff stuff, too.

    #1704245
    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    +1 Zinc Oxide Ointment. Very effective.

    it's in my kit, though there are two downsides for me. my finger stays white cause it's really hard to get off (which is a good thing for the treated location), and smell brings back memory of sleep deprivation from when my daughter was a baby.

    –Mark

    #1704643
    Tim Zen
    Spectator

    @asdzxc57

    Locale: MI

    +2 What a life saver. It is what an engine must feel like when you pour in fresh oil. But when I see that tube I smell the diaper pail.

    #1704713
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    I only use the plain uncsented type. Desetin and other baby specific ointments have smell that attracts bugs.

    #1704736
    James McDaniel
    Spectator

    @bigearth

    I absolutely swear by this stuff. I love it.

    #1896352
    Bryce
    BPL Member

    @antigroundhogday

    Locale: Stamford, CT

    Was at the store looking for Zinc Oxide as a sunscreen for a hike above treeline and found 40% Butt Paste Max:

    "Max

    The other brands had 13-16%. The more the better? The more the harder to apply? Bad for you? Do tell…

    #1896387
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    I carry a very small amount of ordinary sunscreen for my nose, and I've found that one drop of it can be applied with one square of toilet paper to places where the sun doesn't shine. Then (multipurpose) you can use that paper scrap to light your next fire.

    –B.G.–

    #1896394
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    @Bryce
    The standard old school Zinc Oxide ointment has 20%. I found it works well as a sunscreen and since it doesn't have the smelly ingredients that you find in most Zinc Oxide baby ointments or sunscreens, it doesn't attract bugs.

    Some my find it feels greasy, but I don't mind it at all and in fact in many situations where you are exposed, the greasiness helps protect from dryness.

    A link to one brand
    CVS-Zinc-Oxide-Ointment

    #1896395
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    There are few other uses for zinc oxide. I find it works better than almost anything for lots of injuries.

    Case in point, I had an open wound at the beginning of a 10 day hike. I had to keep it treated with Neosporin and covered in gauze. It never seemed to heal.

    I eventually ran out of Neosporin and so used my zinc oxide instead. I found the wound started healing almost immediately and within a few days had fully closed.

    #1896397
    John S.
    BPL Member

    @jshann

    Canus Li'l Goats 40% zinc oxide at CVS. I think it has fragrance though.

    Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (40%) (Skin Protectant)

    Inactive Ingredients: Petrolatum, Goats Milk (Fresh), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Emulsifying Wax, Fragrance (Parfum), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

    #1896400
    Bryce
    BPL Member

    @antigroundhogday

    Locale: Stamford, CT

    When u apply the zinc oxide, do you look like a ghost? Can't seem to find a picture of video of someone applying.

    #1896402
    Bryce
    BPL Member

    @antigroundhogday

    Locale: Stamford, CT

    Does it sweat off? What does it feel like when applied? Is it greasy like a BenGay (minus the menthol)?

    What about when you go to bed and snug up your mummy sleeping bag…. does it get all over the place? Do you remove it before bed? (If you do, I hear it is not water soluble, so you need some sort of cleaner)

    #1896836
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    @Bryce,

    You've seen me wear it when we went paddling and I sometimes wear it hiking if I'm not in the green tunnel.

    It goes on white like a clown until you rub it in. If you put in on heavy, you will have white blotches. Your skin will also feel greasy.

    I find that if I put on just enough to barely feel greasy, I won't have the blotchy white look and I will not sunburn, even on the water all day.

    I have yet to get sunburned this year and I burn easily. I have only used 20% zinc oxide and I often spend 4 or more hours at a time in bright sunlight on reflective water.

    I found I would often burn in the past when I used those expensive sunscreens.

    The greasiness goes away soon after application, especially if rubbed in well.

    I will sometime put it only on my nose and lips when hiking in my neck of the woods, to keep my nose from turning red and to keep my lips from cracking and bleeding.

    I apply to all exposed skin while hiking in the Southwest or any place without tree cover.

    #1896837
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    A side note, I usually only apply zinc oxide as a sunscreen early in the day, maybe twice, so by evening all greasiness is gone and my skin feels normal.

    #1896838
    Bryce
    BPL Member

    @antigroundhogday

    Locale: Stamford, CT

    ….to wash off? Water? Soap? Wipe it on your buddies towel?

    #1896853
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    @Bryce

    Old school zinc oxide has a petroleum jelly(Vaseline) base. Any greasiness can be washed or wiped off, but I usually just rub it in.
    Also, since it seems the greasiness disappears after a short while, it's always gone before I need to wash it off.

    The petroleum jelly base helps to fight windburn, which often accompanies multiple days in the outdoors. So having a slight greasiness is often a plus.

    #1897004
    Dan Yeruski
    BPL Member

    @zelph

    Locale: www.bplite.com

    Military issue of zinc oxide was part of your medical kit when departing for Vietnam. Helps prevent/cure "Jungle Rot" aka athletes foot of the worse kind. Don't leave home without it when doing your next hike.

    #1897024
    Tony Fischer
    Spectator

    @adfischer

    Has anyone found any without a scent at Walgreens, CVS, etc? Can seem to find any that doesn't smell like baby.

    #1897104
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    The odorless version is often not in stock. I realized that I was running low so headed to CVS to find the shelf empty.
    I went on to Duane Read and also found the shelf empty.

    I did eventually find a new stock of them in Right Aid. They were out of stoke last time I checked.

    Note, sometimes you have to look hard. I've found it in the strangest sections.
    The ones I found last week were on a back wall far away from the other ointments.

    #1897167
    David Olsen
    Spectator

    @oware

    Locale: Steptoe Butte

    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.

    #1900584
    Donna C
    BPL Member

    @leadfoot

    Locale: Middle Virginia

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

    #1900689
    John S.
    BPL Member

    @jshann

    Donna what brand is the Walmart clear zinc oxide?

    #1900786
    Donna C
    BPL Member

    @leadfoot

    Locale: Middle Virginia

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

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Clear-Zinc-Oxide-Cream-SPF-50-Sunscreen/14089500

    #1901585
    Thayne N
    BPL Member

    @teethless

    Locale: Four Corners

    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!

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