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  • Writer's pictureAndrea O' Shea

What does Zinc have to do with acne?

Zinc is one of the many essential nutrients that your body needs. It primarily protects your immune system by fighting off harmful cells.

While zinc is thought to help keep you healthy by reducing illnesses, it’s been studied for other medical concerns, too. This includes acne. Zinc is actually one of the most widely studiedTrusted Source forms of acne treatment.

  • Zinc is an important anti-inflammatory for the skin. Inflammation is one of the root causes of acne.

  • Zinc assists with the metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids which also helps reduce inflammation.

  • Zinc is naturally antibacterial which reduces the effect bacteria has on the skin.

  • Zinc is an important antioxidant for the skin

  • Zinc is responsible for transporting vitamin A for acne prone skin, an anti-acne nutrient, from the liver.

  • Zinc aids apoptosis, programmed cell death which is a natural part of your skin renewing itself. If apoptosis is delayed, as in the case of zinc deficiency, skin cells stick together instead of dying and sloughing off like they should, which leads to clogged pores

  • Zinc reduces keratinocyte activation. Keratinocytes are cells that produce keratin, a tough protein that binds skin cells together. Too much keratin prevents cells from separating and leads to blocked pores, as is the case in acne. By reducing keratin, zinc helps to keep skin pores open.

In addition to its proven ability to reduce acne it also helps the severity and duration of common cold symptoms, supports healthy reproduction and energy metabolism, normal prostate function, and the healing of wounds. We recommend NeoLife cheated zinc as it provides high- purity and high-potency zinc, plus natural amino acid chelation for improved absorption.

Why Zinc supplementation?

  • In scientific studies, zinc supplements reduced the duration of cold symptoms by an average of three days, and also reduced the severity of symptoms, including cough, headache, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

  • Zinc is essential for normal growth and development of reproductive organs, and normal prostate function.

  • Zinc is important in wound healing, and has been proven effective in helping to speed the healing of ulcers.

  • Zinc is involved in the absorption and activity of B-complex vitamins, and is a component of insulin and 25 enzymes related to digestion. All of these factors contribute to normal metabolism of carbohydrates.

  • Zinc is involved in the production of proteins as well as DNA and RNA, nucleic acids which encode our genetic information.

  • Zinc is required for normal skin, acne skins, bones, and hair.

  • Zinc is required in respiration for the proper transfer of carbon dioxide, a waste product, in red blood cells

  • Zinc is necessary for normal appetite and the ability to taste accurately

If you are looking to treat acne its best to consult with one of our trained skin practitioners. At Kaizen we have a multidisciplinary approach to your skin care. We look at what is presenting as a whole. We consider your skin by looking topically, internally and emotionally. We have therapists trained in Kinesiology and naturopathy. Please reach out if you want to learn more or have any questions about your skin.

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