- Zinc can help reduce chances of infections
- You require small amount of zinc daily
- You can also use products that contain zinc
Acne is one of the most common skin issues which can affect both male and females. What you eat affects your skin in multiple ways. Several nutrients work together in helping you achieve healthy and glowing skin. Zinc is one of the essential nutrients that your body requires to perform multiple body functions efficiently. It is also beneficial for your skin as well as hair. Zinc can also help in fighting against acne. Studies also suggest that zinc decreases oil production and reduces the chances of bacterial infections and inflammation. It can be added to your diet in prescribed quantity and can be used for topical as well. To understand how zinc works in controlling acne and how to use it safely, we spoke to Dr. Monica Bambroo who is the head of Dermatology and Cosmetology department at Artemis Hospitals. Keeping reading to know the wonders this mineral can do to your skin
Skincare tips: Zinc for acne and how to use
Dr. Bambroo explains, "Zinc is known to be effective not only against inflammatory disorders like acne but also other skin disorders such as infective diseases like warts and pigmentary disorders like melasma. Zinc prevents excessive oil production and treats bacterial inflammation in the skin. Zinc oxide is an effective physical sunblock while calamine is a time-tested soothing agent. Zinc pyrithione is an important ingredient of anti-dandruff shampoos, and we all know that the treatment of acne is incomplete without treating dandruff."
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How to use zinc for acne and how much is required?
Zinc can be added to your diet as well as a part of topical treatment. The human body requires a small amount of zinc that is about 11 mg for men and 8 mg for women. Eggs, nuts, legumes, meat, and fish are good sources of zinc. Though cereals and legumes do contain zinc but are only partially absorbed by your gut. A balanced diet with abstention from junk, high carbohydrates, sugars, and processed foods, plays an important part in the prevention of acne and maintaining good skin health.
It is highly recommended to take consultation from a certified medical practitioner before taking any supplement. The consumption of excessive zinc can lead to a deficiency of copper. Excessive zinc can also lead to abdominal pain, stomach disorder, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. It also interferes with healthy cholesterol levels.
Also, many zinc products contain cadmium in a chemical combination that can damage kidneys if consumed in large concentrations. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist before for adequate intake and proper treatment for any skin problem.
(Dr. Monica Bambroo who is the head of Dermatology and Cosmetology department at Artemis Hospitals)
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