Zinc Oxide (ZnO)
BY:Lonnie Aliyah Green
What is Zinc Oxide ????
Zinc oxide is a chemical compound that creates a white powder that cannot be dissolved in water. While the compound is safe to use in food, it is also used in inedible products, including paint, makeup, lubricants and adhesives. Zinc is naturally found in the earth's crust, but the zinc oxide used to fortify food is most likely synthetic. The role of zinc oxide in food is fortification, which is a process of deliberately adding nutrients to food to increase its nutritional value. Zinc oxide may be found in breakfast cereals, nutrition drinks and nutrition bars.
Some Products That This Compound Is Found In!
- Baby Powder
- Barrier Creams To Treat Diaper Rash
- Anti-Dandruff Shampoos
- Antiseptic Ointments
White Amorphous Powder And Odorless
That's why sometimes it appears as a yellowish color.
Crystalline zinc oxide is Thermometric , changing from white to yellow when heated in air and reverting to white when cooled. This color change is caused by a small loss of oxygen to the environment at high temperatures.
Formula ~ Zn1+xO, where at 800 °C, x = 0.00007
What Are The Uses For The Compound?
which are found also in drinks and certain cereal bars.
This compound is used for makeup as well to give it pigment.
How Does This Compound Impact Our Lives?
- UV Protection- zinc oxide is one of the safest ingredients for protecting the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
- Skin Healing- Zinc oxide is also effective for healing the skin. It can be used to heal wounds, reduce the tenderness associated with sunburns and soften chapped skin.
- Astringent- You can apply zinc oxide to keep excess oils from forming on the surface. It is sometimes used as an acne treatment -- it is believed to reduce the appearance of blemishes and reduce skin irritation and inflammation, reducing the number and severity of acne breakouts.
yes their can be some side affects from long term use of this compound but without it we can be exposed to some of the harsh elements due to the atmosphere we are in.
Zinc is helpful to those who suffer from skin diseases like Acne which is most common.
When we don't have the time to have the proper breakfast zinc is found to pull the extra nutritional boost we need to keep energy and function properly.