Zineryt is a brand name for a type of lotion-based antibiotic applied topically to the skin. This medication is usually prescribed for the treatment of acne and contains a combination of zinc acetate and erythromycin.

What is Zineryt used for?

Zineryt is a prescription antibiotic medication that is typically used for the treatment of acne and other skin conditions related to the development of spots. This medication is available only on prescription because it contains a form of antibiotic named erythromycin. The antibiotic in this medication stops the growth of bacteria.

There are different brands of this product available on the market, with some that contain a large amount of alcohol. If you have one of the brands that contain alcohol, then this is likely to cause dryness of the skin.

Most people will need to use this medication for at least three months before they begin to see results. This means that it is important for people to be patient with the treatment process. In some cases, Zineryt may be used as part of a combination treatment to get rid of more severe cases of acne.

How to use Zineryt lotion to treat acne

Zineryt is a lotion form of medication that should only be used topically. This means that you apply it directly to the area of skin that needs to be treated, rather than taking a tablet and waiting for the medication to spread through the bloodstream. Before you begin using Zineryt, make sure that you read the patient leaflet that is included with the medication. This leaflet will provide you with information on how to use your medication, as well as guidance on what kind of side effects you should be aware of (there is also a patient leaflet attached below).

Wash and dry the skin that you are going to be treating before you apply Zineryt. Make sure that you use a mild soap so that you do not irritate the skin and pat it rather than rubbing or scrubbing it dry. With the applicator that is provided in the bottle, apply enough Zineryt to cover the entire area. You should not just apply this lotion to individual blackheads or spots.

Make sure that you avoid getting Zineryt anywhere on your eyelids, lips, nose or in your mouth. If you get the lotion in any of these areas, then rinse them thoroughly with cool water, or contact a doctor if you are concerned.

Although it is possible to use cosmetics and moisturisers after you have applied Zineryt, you should wait until the medication has dried first. This means giving it at least five to ten minutes to soak into the skin. Do not wash the skin that you have applied Zineryt straight after the application.

There is no need to cover the skin that you apply Zineryt with any bandages or dressing unless your doctor or consultant tells you otherwise.

What is the correct dosage for Zineryt antibiotic lotion for acne?

Zineryt is available in liquid lotion form, often in one size. Your doctor will inform you of how much you need to apply to get the most benefit from this medication. Generally, a thin layer of medication over the affected area will be sufficient for most people. However, you should use this medication regularly to get the best benefit from it and ensure that you apply your medication every day.

Avoid getting this lotion into your nose, mouth, or eyes when you are applying it. If you accidentally get the medicine into your eyes or mouth, contact a doctor after rinsing the area.

Your doctor or consultant will usually ask you to apply Zineryt at least once a day. You may be asked to apply a thin layer twice a day if your condition is more severe. You should begin to see results after about 12 weeks of using the medication. If you do not think that your condition is improving, or it seems to be getting worse, speak to a doctor or consultant about other treatment options.

Does Zineryt have any side effects?

Medications provided in the topical form are often safer in general than those given in a liquid or tablet format. This is because when you apply medicine to your skin, less of the active ingredients are absorbed into your bloodstream. For a lot of people, Zineryt acne treatment is safe and reliable.

However, just like any medication, it is important to be aware that Zineryt can cause unintended side effects sometimes. This tends to be the case when you are first using Zineryt and your skin is not yet used to the medication. The medication can cause redness, burning, itching, peeling, or dry skin. You might also notice slightly oilier skin if your skin is attempting to accommodate for the dryness that the alcohol in Zineryt can create. If any of these effects worsen or persist, speak to a doctor or consultant.

Remember that you will have been given this medication because the benefits for you have been deemed greater than the potential risks. Many people using this medication will not experience any serious side effects. In rare conditions, the use of this medication can sometimes lead to other kinds of skin infections, including bacterial and fungal infections.

Speak to a doctor or consultant if you notice side effects like:

  • Rashes or itching;
  • Unusual irritation;
  • Pus leaking from the skin.

It is very unlikely that you will have a serious allergic reaction to this medication. However, you should seek medical attention immediately if an allergic reaction occurs. Symptoms of an allergic response to Zineryt can include swelling, itching, rashes and problems with inflammation in the throat, tongue, or face. You might also encounter dizziness or trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of side effects, and you should always check the patient leaflet included with your medication to access more information about potential side effects.

When should you not use Zineryt?

Most people will respond well to treatment with Zineryt as it is unlikely to cause any serious side effects. However, there may be cases when a doctor or consultant would not recommend this treatment for you.

For instance, you should always answer any questions asked by your consultant or doctor before you begin taking Zineryt. Additionally, it is important to speak to your doctor or consultant if you are allergic to this medication, or any other ingredients. This substance might include inactive ingredients which can also cause other allergic responses.

Speak to your doctor or consultant about your medical history before you begin using this medication, particularly if you have had a bad reaction when using antibiotics in the past.


This medication should only be used during pregnancy when it is essential. Discuss the potential benefits and risks with your doctor.

It is not known whether Zineryt can pass into breastmilk at this time, speak to your doctor about whether it is safe to use this medication when you are breastfeeding.

Does Zineryt antibiotic lotion interact with other medications?

Zineryt could interact with other medications that you are already using for different conditions. Because of this, it is important to make sure that you keep a list of all the drugs that you are taking. Provide your consultant or doctor with a list of every over-the-counter medication or prescription drug that you currently use. Include reference to any herbal remedies or supplements too.

This drug may interact with various skin products, including metronidazole, and disulfiram.

If you are using other topical medications for the treatment of a skin condition at the same time as Zineryt ask your doctor how long you need to leave between applications. Make sure that Zineryt has a chance to soak into the skin before applying cosmetics.

Where can you purchase Zineryt?

Zineryt is available to purchase online or offline from reputable chemists and pharmacies. Visit to buy Zineryt antibiotic lotion.

Can I get Zineryt without a prescription?

Zineryt solution cannot be purchased without a prescription.

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