Make no mistake, if you want to reduce the severity as well as the frequency of your acne outbreaks, you need to think outside the box.
You can’t just look at this problem as something that you solve when it’s already occurred.
It’s kind of like being a fire person and preparing to take out a fire only after the fire has happened. It probably would be a better use of everybody’s time if they worked together to prevent fires from happening in the first place. This is the proper way of looking at zinc in terms of acne reduction.
You have to understand that zinc is a very powerful biochemical compound that your body needs. It requires this mineral for optimal health. Zinc is great for tissue regulation, healing, and overall health. It also helps with fluid regulation.
Unfortunately, it’s been shown in big acne research studies that people with severe cases of acne breakouts have very low levels of zinc. There is a quite a bit of correlation there, and maybe this has something to do with sebum control.
As you probably already know, the reason why you’ve developed acne in the first place is because your skin produces too much oil. And then at some point it gets blocked in your pores, and this develops into an infection. Your skin becomes red, irritated and itchy. It’s only a matter of time until the pimples get out of hand.
When researchers in a 2014 study added zinc to patients’ diets, they saw a great improvements. How can this be? Well, zinc actually helps people achieve sebum control in three ways.
First of all, it reduces inflammation. If your skin is inflamed, it’s well on its way to getting infected.
Second, it also helps your body deal with bacteria better. This helps stave off infection and reduces inflammation and other symptoms of acne.
Finally, zinc also reduces oil production, which prevents acne in the first place. So if you put all these together, adding more zinc to your diet for more optimal skin health is a good idea. For starters, load up on foods that have this trace mineral.