How to Use Zinc to Treat Acne
Lots of people suffer from acne and breakouts. I had acne myself for a few years so I know how hard it can be and how much you long for something that will work and that will help clear your skin. Often, a combination of lifestyle changes, a better skincare routine and sometimes medication works the best. Nowadays, I still get hormonal breakouts so I’m very keen to do what I can to limit them.
In this post, we will focus on how you can use zinc to treat acne. Zinc is an essential mineral that the body needs for many important functions, but it can also be used as a way to help treat acne thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc is also believed to help suppress the production of sebum and fight acne-causing bacteria.
There are a few ways to use zinc for acne – through your diet/supplements, through medication and topically. We’ll explore all these ways in this article.
- Foods Hight in Zinc & Supplements
Increasing your intake of zinc through your diet is quite easy as there are many common foods that are high in zinc. Some examples include red meat, poultry, dairy products, oysters and some other seafood, nuts, beans, whole grains, and fortified breakfast cereal. Zinc from animal-based foods is easier to be absorbed as some plant-based foods contain phytates which inhibit zinc absorption.
You can also take a zinc supplement or look for a multivitamin that contains zinc. Too much zinc comes with side effects though, so do make sure you’re not overdoing it.
For severe acne that affects large areas of the body, an oral medication containing zinc is an easy way to treat the whole body. Speak to your GP if this is of interest to you.
For smaller areas, like your face, a topical zinc treatment is a good choice. I grew up in Sweden and using zinc creams for breakouts is very common there. Using zinc topically is a very safe option.
Clarol ZnO Clear is a new overnight treatment containing Zinc Oxide (ZnO) for acne-prone skin. It also contains pure plant-based squalene (from olives) which is an oil that is naturally found in the skin too. It’s the most conducive to human skin but light so will not cause any greasiness. It provides hydration while being non-comedogenic and non-reactive so ideal for acne-prone and/or sensitive skin.
You simply apply a small amount on the area that you wish to treat – on spots or breakouts that you feel are about to emerge. Rub in gently with a clean finger and see a reduction in the morning.
Clarol ZnO Clear costs just £6.50 and is available here.
Features a gifted sample of Clarol ZnO Clear.