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Pinxav Diaper Rash Cream Review

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If there’s one thing I know about, it’s diaper rash cream.

Like many babies, my daughter has always had very sensitive skin that is prone to diaper rash. We’ve been to the pediatrician on many occasions to diagnose and treat an angry diaper rash. In the process of trying all kinds of treatments, we have tested just about every diaper rash cream. My favorite, by far: Pinxav.

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I was given a tub of Pinxav as a baby shower gift by a friend. I’m very grateful for that, because I truly thank this product for making a big difference in treating my daughter’s diaper rash. Now, I try and gift it to other new moms to share to love.

***Note: Pinxav is not sponsoring this post. I make a very small commission from Amazon if you purchase through my link, but I am not being paid by Pinxav to promote their product. This is just an honest review of a product I use daily and love.

If your little one is anything like mine, I feel for you.

Diaper rash is one of those pesky things can just be a fact of life for some babies. If your little one is extra prone like mine is, check out this article on how to treat frequent diaper rash.

Let’s take a look at my my favorite cream for preventing and treating diaper rash.

What is Pinxav?

If you’ve never heard of Pinxav, that’s because it’s a smaller company, so it isn’t carried by major retailers like Walmart or Target. Don’t let that scare you away though–it’s been around for almost a century (since 1927) and the reviews speak for themselves. Pinxav users love this stuff.

Pinxav is a super-thick barrier cream, and –you guessed it–it’s pink.

How it’s different from other products

I have personally tested just about every mainstream diaper rash cream carried at Walmart and Target (Aquaphor, Desitin, A & D, Boudreaux’s Buttpaste, etc.) and I swear that NONE of those compare to Pinxav.

This is because of a few unique qualities of Pinxav:

  • soothing & healing ingredients
  • consistency
  • multipurpose uses
  • exceptional customer service
  • scent

Soothing & Healing Ingredients

Pinxav is zinc-based, which makes it a barrier cream. Barrier creams protect the skin from coming into contact with diaper contents (pee and poop). So, barrier creams are used to prevent rash.

Here’s a list of all the ingredients, as listed in order on the product:

  • Zinc Oxide: acts as a barrier between skin and irritants (30%= higher than most creams)
  • Aloe vera gel: soothes the skin by relieving itching and swelling, and promotes skin cell healing
  • Aluminum Hydroxide: a skin protectant used to treat skin rashes and minor wounds
  • Cetyl alcohol: A waxy emmolient, or moisturizer. Unlike other alcohols, cetyl alcohol does not dry out the skin
  • Clove leaf oil: An antiseptic pain reliever **some kiddos might have a sensitivity to this
  • Eucalyptol: anti-inflammatory and pain relieving oil derived from eucalyptus
  • Lanolin: a natural emmolient and waterproofing skin protectant
  • Menthol: An anesthetic derived from peppermint
  • Methyl Salicylate: a disinfecting  anesthetic oil (AKA wintergreen)
  • Petrolatum: a skin protecting emmolient made from patroleum (AKA petroleum jelly)
  • Red Ferric Oxide: A naturally occurring coloring agent made from iron. This gives the cream the pink hue.
  • Stearic Acid: a waxy fatty acid that acts as a softener
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E): promotes healthy skin by preventing skin cell damage

Pinxav has an impressive list of ingredients that are soothing and healing, along with ingredients that act as skin barriers and protectants. That’s why it is a great diaper rash cream that not only prevents future rash, but heals and soothes existing rash, making baby feel better.


dollop of Pinxav on a knife
It is thick.

This is literally the thickest diaper rash cream I’ve ever tested out. The best way I can describe it is similar to peanut butter, but without the grit and chunks. If you tip the tub upside down, it won’t even budge.

Why is this a good thing? Because the thicker the cream, the more effective it is at acting as a barrier between baby’s skin and irritants. It’s basically a shield of armor protecting your baby’s bum against pee and poo.

No greasy feel or separation

Another thing–it doesn’t leave a greasy film on your skin the way a lot of other creams do. I know a lot of people who like Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but I personally don’t like the consistency of it. I notice it separates in the tub pretty quickly, and there’s a sort of grease layer. It also leaves a greasy feel on your fingers after use.

With Pinxav, none of that is an issue. I have bought tubs and tubs of the stuff and it never separates, not even over time. It also does not leave a greasy feeling on your hands after you use it the way others, like Butt Paste or the Aquaphor 3-in-1 do.

Multipurpose Uses

Unlike most other creams on the market, Pinxav is also a healing cream. This means that not only does it protect against rash, but it also helps to treat a rash that already exists. To top things off, it is also soothing.

On top of being used as a diaper rash cream, Pinxav can also be used for:

  • minor scrapes
  • burns
  • sunburn
  • mosquito bites
  • bed sores
  • athletic chafing
  • adult diaper rash

Is this stuff MAGIC, you ask?

Why, yes–I believe it is. It’s no wonder so many reviewers call this stuff a miracle cream.

*Disclaimer: the only thing I’ve personally used it for (besides diaper rash) is on insect bites. I haven’t used it enough to know how effective it is for that purpose, but I imagine the numbing/soothing properties must help relieve the itching.

Customer Service

I’m adding customer service on here because I’ve received excellent customer service with Pinxav.

Once I ordered the same tub I usually do, but it looked as if an air bubble got trapped in the tub, which just caused it to be a lot less full in volume. No big deal, but I was disappointed because it meant the tub wouldn’t last nearly as long.

So, I called the customer service number on the tub and explained the situation, in case there were other tubs in the batch with air bubbles. The man I talked to was very kind and friendly, and it felt like I was talking to someone directly running the business, rather than someone just hired to work in customer service. He was very apologetic, thanked me for being a loyal user, and promptly sent me another full-sized tub FOR FREE. He didn’t even charge me shipping.

Needless to say, I was very impressed, and I continue to be a loyal patron of their product.


Pinxav does have a subtle scent to it. This is due to some of the soothing ingredients–it does not have any added or artificial fragrance. Rather, a few of the ingredients have a naturally occurring scent: the clove, eucalyptol (eucalyptus), and menthol (mint). The most prominent scent is clove, with the subtlest hints of the eucaluptus and mint/wintergreen. It reminds me of the scent of Teaberry Gum.

I personally find the scent nice, and it’s not very strong. The only possible down side to the scent is that it helps to mask poopy diapers, so if you use the sniff test to tell if baby pooped, it can hinder that a bit. If you don’t have a strong sense of smell, it might be problematic, but for me, I’ve always been able to smell the dirty diapers even with the scented cream.


There are lots of pros to this product, but it wouldn’t be an unbiased review without discussing the cons.


The main con with this product is that it does stain your clothes. To me, this isn’t a huge deal, because I just try to avoid contact with clothes, and a lot of my daughter’s clothes are pink and don’t show the stain anyway.

purple shirt with pink stain
Example of stain on a shirt that is 60% cotton, 40% polyester.

I have had some luck getting out the stains on cotton, but it’s a little more difficult to get it out of polyester. The picture above is the worst of the stains, but that one was my fault, due to a clumsy diaper changing/ alligator wrestling match.

You could use a rash cream applicator to avoid stains by keeping the cream off your fingers.

If I were to suggest one thing to the makers of Pinxav, it would be to tweak the formula so that it doesn’t stain. However, I can see that that may mean getting rid of the pink coloring, which of course would kind of ruin the name. In the end, for me, a few stains here and there on my daughter’s clothes are totally worth the effectiveness of the product in treating and preventing diaper rash.

Sensitivity to clove leaf oil

I went through the ingredients list with my daughter’s dermatologist, just to be on the safe side. He mentioned that some toddlers have shown a sensitivity to only this one ingredient, clove leaf oil. This is what gives it that scent, and it used as a natural pain reliever.

However, my daughter, who has extremely sensitive skin, has shown no negative reaction to it, and we’ve been using it on her for almost two years.

So, I would say it’s always a good idea to do a small test sample on the skin before regular us (as with any product).

Buyer’s Guide

Pinxav comes in two sizes:

  • 4 oz. tube
  • 16 oz. tub

Get the big tub. The cream is honestly too thick for the 4 oz. tube, so it’s really difficult to squeeze it out. The 4 oz. tub probably could use a bigger hole to fix this problem. That would actually be really helpful, because it’s nice to have a smaller option for diaper bags and travel.

If you don’t mind taking off the cap each time to make the squeeze tube easier, then I would recommend the 4 oz. tube for the diaper bag and the 16 oz. tub for the diaper station at home.


For many little ones, diaper rash is a fact of life. Luckily, there are products out there that can help, and Pinxav is my favorite. Not only does it prevent diaper rash, but it also heals and soothes diaper rash. It’s the thickest cream on the market, and it can be used for a host of other ailments along with diaper rash as well. The only con is that it does stain your clothes, but as long as you’re careful, you can avoid that. Regardless, the pros far outweigh the con of this product.

Like I mentioned, I’ve tried almost every diaper rash cream out there, and Pinxav is hands-down the best. That’s why I always recommend this product to new moms.

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