How Balmex Works

How Balmex Works to Fight the 3 Leading Causes of Diaper Rash

Balmex contains zinc oxide, the #1 doctor recommended ingredient for healing and preventing diaper rash, plus a natural ingredient shown to help neutralize digestive enzymes that are known to irritate the skin.  This extra level of protection enables Balmex to go even a step further to keep your baby comfortable and rash-free.    In fact, this complete protection is clinically proven to reduce rash in just 1 diaper change! Here’s how Balmex works to fight the 3 leading causes of diaper rash:

  • Wetness – Balmex creates a highly effective, long lasting barrier that helps keep wetness away from the skin.
  • Chafing/Friction – Balmex’s protective barrier also reduces friction on the skin caused by contact with the diaper as well as chafing from skin-on-skin contact.  Importantly, Balmex can also be removed with gentle wiping to minimize friction with delicate skin and discomfort to baby. Your diaper rash treatment does not need to be a thick paste to work….repeated wiping can further irritate compromised skin.


  • Digestive enzymes – Have you noticed that poopy diapers are a leading cause of diaper rash?  That’s because enzymes that help break down food for digestion get passed through the stool.  When these enzymes come in contact with the skin, they can also break down the skin.  Unlike other diaper rash treatments, Balmex contains a  natural ingredient, evening primrose, that is rich in omega fatty acids and has been shown in tests to inhibit enzymes in stool that are known to irritate the skin.  Not only is Balmex formulated to reduce the irritant effects of these enzymes, but it is also formulated to help prevent the increase in skin pH caused by the interaction of urine with one of these digestive enzymes.