Acne Vulgaris is a very common problem. Many people who painstakingly put up with it can’t seem to find a solution despite countless visits to dermatologists who provided numerous prescription options that just won’t work. Although all of these people are most likely tired of suggestions that always fail, I’m asking them to consider this suggestion. Try Zinc.
I am one of you. Suffering through regimen after regimen only to find my skin worse than before, or so it seemed. The list goes on with names of medications most likely familiar to all of those on whose skin Acne Vulgaris dwells; clyndamiacin, Retina A, benzoil peroxide, and many more. Recently, there has been a growing interest from the science community in Zinc as a treatment for acne. After doing hours of research, I decided to try it as well. Currently, it is only week three of taking a daily dose of two 50mg Zinc supplements per day, and improvement is already evident.
As for the research on this topic; there is still a need for more, but thus far it has been discovered that Zinc does have a positive affect on Acne Vulgaris patients. Along with vitamin E, Zinc has anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial activity.Zinc also aids in decreasing sebum production in the body. Sebum is the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, composed of fat and epithelial debris. Several studies have found that people with acne have lower levels of Zinc and Vitamin E in their bodies, than those who do not have acne. Therefore, these people are more susceptible to acne causing micro-organisms. Researchers from BML General Laboratory have conducted at least two studies in which Zinc has been revealed as beneficial for the skin. Zinc ascorbate alone effectively inhibited the growth of all P. acnes(Acne causing micro organisms) including clindamycin-resistant strains. In all of the studies I found, participants did not exceed doses of 100mg of Zinc per day. Any more than 100mg can cause toxicity. Some studies combined other topical antibiotics with zinc as a treatment, while others focused solely on zinc without a secondary medication. Both approaches have seen a decrease in Acne inflammation. Further research is needed on what combination is more beneficial. My advice is to try one combination or Zinc alone for a couple months. Observe any changes in skin appearance. Then decide to continue or change regimens based on the observations of the progress.
One of the best parts about these new findings is that Zinc is a supplement sold over the counter. This makes it easier and cheaper for people to test it as a medication for Acne. For more information, PubMed and Myoclinic are good resources to find research on Zinc as treatment for Acne Vulgaris. To read about personal accounts about using Zinc go to acne.com.