My combo-oily/sensitive skin often responds poorly to vitamin C, retinal and acids, but I need at least one of these on a regular basis to remain clear from blemishes and clogged pores. Zinc can be helpful for when I am suffering with flaking or peeling skin and I've had moderately good results with Avene products in the past, so I tried this after an AHA incident that turned me into a housebound freak-show.
Since then, I use this cream on the worst of my occasional blemishes overnight, layered under my preferred spot treatment (Nelson's homeopathic acne gel or Medik8 beta-gel) and around my brows, between my eyes and on my nose if I am dehydrated. The heavy moisturizers in this make it wholly unsuitable for my complexion on a regular basis, and I agree with some of the other reviewers that the mineral oil in this product is unfortunate (and I would suspect unnecessary, though I am no expert). Because of my conservative use of this product, I have not broken out or had a negative reaction to it, but it does help speed the healing process, calm redness and inflammation, and prepare my red nose for tinted moisturizer when I simply *must* leave the house with a peeling mess of a face.
Metal tubes are great for packaging in my opinion, but because this is used in such small quantities, the thin material of the tube split in several spots within a few months - I'd like to see this in more of a medicinal quality or thicker package like most ointments. Still, I think the price is fair, and having a reliable in-case-of-emergency cream settles the nerves a bit in the midst of a severe upset.
Though I chose "yes", I might not buy this product again if I found a replacement zinc cream. Despite it's small size, I doubt I will use the entire tube before the expiration date and I hate to waste product unless I find an additional use for it.