A damaged skin barrier, according to dermatologists, can lead to dry patches, blotchy or sensitive skin as well as breakouts and accelerated aging.

She said that although it may not occur immediately with calamine lotion, “but it can damage your skin barrier if it is used more frequently than once a week.”

Rosacea, eczema, and people with sensitive skin are at “especially high risk” from the negative effects of calamine lotion, she stated.

A safer alternative for better skin, according to Bowe, is to incorporate exfoliating serums and retinoids into your regimen to “even out skin texture and minimize the appearance of pores.”

She doesn’t recommend using them every single day, but “if you cycle through your evening skincare routine, what I call Skin Cycling, you can actually get more out of your skincare products and see real changes in your skin.”