Zinc will make your acne less severe.

Zinc plays a multifaceted role in our bodies, contributing to the activity of numerous enzymes and proteins while supporting the immune system, as well as our sense of smell and taste. Scientific research has demonstrated that zinc can significantly reduce the severity of acne, with some studies showing up to a 50% reduction(1).

But why is zinc beneficial for acne?

1. Powerful Antioxidant: Zinc serves as a potent antioxidant, mitigating inflammation. Inflammatory damage to sebum is a fundamental cause of acne.

2. Regulation of Pores: Zinc helps prevent pores from becoming blocked by reducing the production of keratin, a robust protein that binds skin cells together. Excessive keratin inhibits the separation of skin cells, leading to sheet-like shedding that can block pores.

3. DHT Blocker: Zinc acts as a DHT blocker, diminishing the impact of hormones on the skin. DHT blockers reduce sebum production, preventing the skin sheets from sticking together and blocking pores.

4. Tempering Inflammatory Response: Zinc moderates the inflammatory response to bacteria. In blocked pores, bacteria can breed, causing irritation and inflammation. Acne-prone skin tends to react more strongly to bacteria, and zinc helps lessen this reaction.

Considering the potential zinc deficiency among those with acne, clinical data indicates that, on average, individuals with acne have 24% lower zinc levels compared to those without acne(2).

While the optimal dosage of zinc for acne remains a topic of debate, studies showcasing positive results have used between 30mg/day and 50mg/day of elemental zinc. Obtaining such quantities solely from food might be challenging, making supplementation a practical alternative. Oysters, with approximately 16.6mg of zinc, or pumpkin seeds, containing 7.64mg per 100g, are notable dietary sources.

When opting for supplements, it's crucial to differentiate between elemental zinc and the stated zinc amount in the supplement by checking the label.

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(1) "Multicenter Randomized Comparative Double-Blind Controlled Clinical Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Zinc Gluconate versus Minocycline Hydrochloride in the Treatment of Inflammatory Acne vulgaris." Dermatology 2001;203:135-140. Dreno et al.

(2) Ozuguz et al. "Evaluation of serum vitamins A and E and zinc levels according to the severity of acne vulgaris." Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2013 Jul 5. Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, Volume 33, 2014 - Issue 2.

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