Should I let my doctor know I am using Desitin?

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You do not necessarily need to discuss using Desitin with your doctor. Zinc oxide, the active ingredient of Desitin, is relatively safe. However, if Desitin does not appear to be working you may have a more serious skin problem, such as an infection. In this case, you should talk to your doctor. You should also discuss treatment options with a doctor, if you are applying Desitin at the same time as another skin medication.