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Zinc for Acne
Years ago, it was thought that acne was just a teenage skin problem caused by not washing the face well enough. But studies are suggesting otherwise. Acne is a skin inflammation and the condition happens to people regardless of age.
For some people, it can be a lifelong battle trying to get and keep radiant looking skin that’s free from blemishes. The answer to getting great looking, blemish free skin just might surprise you.
Does Zinc Help Acne
Some dermatologists recommend zinc because of the ability this mineral has to fight acne. Sometimes, a zinc deficiency causes the skin to breakout. Why? Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties that work to heal the skin. So, you need it to stop the inflammation.
By making sure you are getting enough zinc in your diet, you are helping your skin to heal faster since zinc is responsible for cell renewal. Don’t believe me? Look at a tube of diaper rash ointment. It’s zinc oxide. It heals the skin very quickly.
Where to Find Zinc
Ideally, you want to find foods that are high in zinc along with making sure you are eating a well-balanced diet and taking a multivitamin – not just zinc. If you’d like more information on vitamins and supplements, read my guide to vitamins and supplements.
The number one zinc-containing food is oysters. Oysters have more zinc than any food you can grow or buy. However, since not everyone is a seafood fan (and lots of folks hate the slimy texture of oysters) there are other ways to make sure you get the zinc that you need to keep your skin in great shape.
Zinc can be found in lots of other foods like beef (think sirloin roast), pork chops and even chicken. Eggs are a great food source for a zinc rich diet and so is cheddar cheese and peanut butter.
You can also include extra zinc in your diet in your snack foods. Pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, pecans, and figs are high in zinc. Wheat bran or oats have a lot of minerals that are good for you, including the zinc that will help your skin. Chow mein noodles are another good source for zinc.
A very surprising source of zinc is cocoa powder. Cocoa powder can not only provide the necessary zinc, but it’s good for fighting cholesterol so you get double benefits from adding this to your diet. And any chance you get to eat chocolate you should!
How to get enough Zinc
You can take zinc internally via a supplement or you can apply a zinc cream topically. It is thought that the topical application is preferred and will show quicker results than taking an oral supplement. Makes sense, since you are putting the needed mineral right where it needs to be used. Some people will use zinc oxide on their facial inflammation spots before they go to bed and wash it off in the morning.
If you have skin issues, please make sure you are eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. You should take a supplement to fill in holes in your nutrition, not try to replace it. You can’t out supplement a bad diet and your skin will be a reflection of your diet. So, eat healthy, get enough zinc, & look beautiful!
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