If you have acne, you should definitely try taking zinc. This is because one of the most common mineral deficiencies responsible for breakouts and acne is ZINC.
A research study conducted by Turkish researchers compared levels of zinc in patients with acne and those without acne. Their study concluded that the patients with the most severe acne had the lowest levels of zinc and the patients with no acne had the highest levels of zinc.
How Does Zinc Help Acne?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral found in the body and is responsible for cell regeneration and duplication. When zinc levels drop too low, the body can experience various side effects and symptoms.
Common symptoms of zinc deficiency:
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Low sex drive
- Spots on fingernails
- Loss of appetite
Zinc essentially reduces the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria. Because acne-prone skin is far more prone to bacterial infection than normal skin, zinc can reduce the inflammatory effect of bacteria that’s responsible for turning spots red.
How Much Zinc Do I Take?
The recommended daily intake of zinc is 14mg for men and 8mg for women however 40mg should not be exceeded. It’s best to take your tablet with a meal once daily.
You can also increase your intake of foods high in zinc. Try incorporating more of these foods in your diet:
- Oysters (raw)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Plain yoghurt
Remember that zinc supplements must be taken everyday or you must be eating foods high in zinc daily so that you reach your recommended in take. If you let your levels drop too low, you can experience breakouts.
Try the supplement for a minimum of 30 days and track your results.