Zinc. Among the best supplements to clear your skin.
In addition to topical skincare routines and diet, if you are still struggling with acne, it may be time to look at taking supplements. I’ve found that among having other benefits, zinc did wonders for helping to clear and support my skin. Just like any other ingestible, you want to make sure that you are not allergic to zinc and contact your doctor if you are taking other medications you think may interact with the supplement.
How does zinc work?
Zinc isn’t a one and done cure but it can be incorporated into your overall plan to tackle your blemishes. There have been a number of studies over the years to suggest that this mineral has positive effects on clearer skin. Aside from its’ well known reputation for being an immune booster, Zinc kills acne causing bacteria and reduces the inflammatory response to it, as well as being a powerful antioxidant and a mild hormone regulator. If you have suffered from cystic acne over the years, this may also be a good solution in trying to minimize acne scaring as it has a beneficial impact on connective tissue.
Foods high in zinc.
Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in lots of foods. Some of the healthiest sources of zinc are beef, lamb, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, lentils, garbanzo beans, quinoa, shrimp, cooked oysters, garlic, toasted wheat germ and (yes!) dark chocolate. But let’s face it, most of us don’t have a perfect diet these days and can use a little help from supplements. It is widely recommended that around 11mg per day is a recommended dose.
Best kind of zinc supplement.
Also important is what KIND of zinc you take as a supplement. It has been suggested that not all zinc supplements are created equally. Our bodies are most suited to absorb vitamins and minerals from our foods and environments so when supplementing that with a pill, it needs to be something the body can easily convert to something useful. Zinc Picolinate is noted to have better bioavailability that other forms of zinc meaning your body can more easily absorb it. I have used the Now Foods Zinc Picolinate and found it to work well. I purchased it online from Amazon but there are several brands available and can be found at your local health food stores and pharmacies.
How much zinc should I take?
As with anything in life, moderation is key. Make sure you are taking the right amount for your body and not overdoing it. Do some research online to see what dosage may be appropriate. I would also suggest cycling your dosage. Come up with a schedule where you can take it for a few weeks and take several off. This gives your body and organs a rest. It is also a great way to take note and see if you can see any changes specific to your skin. Zinc (and any supplement) is part of a larger homeostasis in your body so changing the concentration of one factor, can alter another mineral level or hormone so always proceed with caution and pay attention to the changes. Added into your skincare routine correctly, Zinc has the potential to be a great tool in your acne-fighting arsenal.