Want to Boost Your Acne Treatment? Think Zinc
Zinc for acne has been a hot topic in blogs and online forums for a while. Many say it has made a big difference. Some argue the difference isn’t significant enough. Both sides are correct. It can have a considerable impact, but it’s not a first line treatment. The core of your acne regimen is a topical retinoid or a mandelic acid for cell turnover and peeling out impactions, but zinc can provide a valuable boost.
Zinc is a natural mineral that, in addition to wound healing, nervous system and immune function, plays an essential role in skin health. It aids in cell growth and tissue repair, protects against oxidative stress and may decrease oil production. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help clear and calm angry acne lesions. Studies have also shown that topical zinc may reduce the appearance of keloid scars owing to its ability to inhibit the enzymes that lead to the degradation of collagen.
You probably think of zinc in terms of diet. You get it in many foods—beef, chicken, nuts, beans, whole grains, cereals, dairy products, shellfish. You can also get it through supplements. But if you choose to take a supplement, first check with your doctor, and second, make sure you’re not overdoing it. A recommended daily dose shouldn’t exceed eight or nine mg daily (if pregnant or lactating, consult your doctor). Getting too much can come with some unpleasant side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Does topical zinc help acne?
The easier way to get more zinc into your skin is through topical application. Topical zinc got serious attention when a study showed that levels of zinc and retinol‐binding protein (RBP) were low in subjects with acne, especially in males with severe acne.
As an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that also regulates the production of sebum, zinc is a potent aid in the management of acne. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for reducing rosacea as well. Its role in cell regeneration and tissue repair are also bonuses in supporting a healthy skin barrier.
Three Ways To Boost Your Regimen With Zinc
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Zinc has long been a component in sunscreens because of its antioxidant and photoprotective properties. Vivant's Day Treatment Lotion SPF 15, non-comedogenic daily moisturizer, has zinc peptides that promote healing, firm and rejuvenate skin.
Vivant’s Sulfur Clay Mask is an essential clear skin booster. Sulfur fights bacteria and encourages exfoliation. Zinc sulfates reduce inflammation and scarring, speed cellular repair, and kill bacteria. Bentonite detoxifies, clarifies, and aids in cell regeneration.