How Can Zinc Help With Acne?


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Over the many years that acne has plagued humanity there have been countless attempts at curing it. From different sorts of medication to ancient Oriental practises, there has never been a lack of acne treatment.

But how do you sort the effective treatments from that ones that just leave you looking ridiculous?

Well, I am here to tell you about a treatment for acne that you may not be aware of. Zinc.

What does zinc have to do with acne?

There are two possible zinc treatments for acne; either via a cream or serum that is administered onto the skin or taken orally in the form of a supplement.

The zinc oxide within the serum has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that greatly reduce the severity of acne breakouts. The anti-inflammatory nature of the zinc treatment can calm even the most severe of acne breakouts and can greatly reduce the pain or irritation caused by acne.

The anti-inflammatory qualities of the treatment will also reduce the physical appearance of acne on the skin, reducing the visible redness and encouraging the scars to heal much faster than they naturally would. The antibacterial properties associated with zinc will help to keep the open pores clean, making sure that the natural oils aren’t blocked by bacteria thus reducing the likelihood that another severe acne breakout will occur.

These inherent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties are able to be spread around the body as zinc sulfate, oxide or acetate is able to inhibit specific enzymes within the skin that would otherwise cause the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

Due to its inhibition via zinc these enzymes cannot produce the bacteria that would cause the onset of acne.

How can your acne prone skin benefit the most from zinc?

As previously mentioned, there are two different primary ways to treat acne via zinc.

One of those ways is by taking a supplement of zinc. This method is very simple, just take a supplement with a meal and you’re done! This, naturally, requires very little time and effort and can be managed easily.

This is generally considered the more effective type of treatment as the zinc can immediately begin to be spread around your body and affects your entire body, not just the area to which it has been administered.

The other type of zinc treatment is via a serum or cream that can be easily applied to the face, neck and any other areas of the body affected by acne. This method is slightly more time consuming than the supplement method and takes a great deal more effort.

However, this method does allow you to directly target the most severe areas of affected skin.

Some possible side effects of taking zinc supplements include; headaches, a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

How much zinc to take?

These are the recommended amounts of zinc that should be taken depending on life stage: 

  • Birth to 6 months 2 mg
  • Infants 7-12 months 3 mg
  • Children 1-3 years 3 mg
  • Children 4-8 years 5 mg
  • Children 9-13 years 8 mg
  • Teens 14-18 years (boys) 11 mg
  • Teens 14-18 years (girls) 9 mg
  • Adults (men) 11 mg
  • Adults (women) 8 mg
  • Pregnant teens 12 mg
  • Pregnant women 11 mg
  • Breastfeeding teens 13 mg
  • Breastfeeding women 12 mg

The amount of zinc taken daily must be noted as it is very possible to ingest too much zinc.

The maximum amount zinc that adults should be taking daily is 40mg. Too much zinc within the body can cause issues with the cholesterol levels within the body.

The recommended maximum amount of daily zinc for teenagers is 34mg.

Include it in your diet

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A very viable strategy to naturally treating acne is to eat food products that contain high levels of zinc.

Some of these foods include dairy products, poultry, oysters, nuts, whole grains and beans.

Changing your diet is an easy way to get zinc into your body without having to go out of your way and pick up supplements or cream.

Should you try it?

Due to the very low risk of side effects and their lack of severity I would highly recommend using zinc products, whether it be supplements or creams, if you are suffering from severe acne. Just one supplement daily or a few splashes of cream on your face can drastically change how you look and feel.

It really requires very little effort overall and the results are definitive.

There is no real reason why you shouldn’t try zinc out as a treatment for acne.

If you have any questions about zinc as a treatment for acne or if you are looking to try it out, then seek out a medical professional. I am sure that they will recommend it.


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