"Do zinc supplements really work to get rid of acne?"In her practice, Dr. Bailey uses her Foaming Zinc Cleanser for body acne or acne caused by pityrosporum yeast as she details in her original blog post How to Get Rid of Back Acne (Bacne). However, the same rules do not necessarily always apply when it comes to treatment with supplement. In order to help clear up this question of the zinc supplements and acne connection, Dr. Bailey turned to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Dr. Bailey found a systematic review of several studies concerning zinc supplements and acne efficacy in a past edition of the journal. She summarizes the conclusions of the article in her blog post Zinc Treatment for Acne. Overall, there is evidence to support that zinc does help acne.
"...my favorite product is the Extra Strength Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser.""I’m old, so I don’t get acne anymore (ok, maybe one blemish a year), but my favorite product is the Extra Strength Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser. I do have blackheads if I don’t use this cleanser at least once a day. The Glycolic and Salicylic Acids keep my skin clear of blackheads, and it is not too harsh for my mature skin. I wish that I had had this product fifteen or more years ago." Jane C 7/1/14
How Do Zinc Supplements and Acne Work?The exact mechanism is unclear, but zinc may have the ability to:
- Help kill P. acnes bacteria
- Decrease inflammation and redness from acne
- Reduce skin oil production
Should You Take Supplements to Treat Acne?
- Do you get the same amount of zinc in your diet already?
- Are zinc supplements the best way to treat acne?
- Are zinc supplements safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women?
- What are the dangers of using zinc supplements?
- What are the safe levels for zinc supplements and acne?
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Sincerely, Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team