WOW!!! I'm so happy to hear that Zinc worked for you.
I've tried everything to rid myself of this stupid acne. Even 3 treatments of Accutane, but my acne came back after treatment (by the way Accutane has been proven to reduce the activity of DHT).
My dad's family also has a history of premature male pattern baldness. So DHT could be a major factor in my acne. Zinc has been proven to be a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor (enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT). Saw Palmetto is another inhibitor as well.
I had already set myself up to start Zinc supplementation tomorrow (60 mg of Zinc Gluconate per day) before I read your message. So this comes to me as a SIGN that this might be it!!!
I recommend that you take a Copper supplement as well (4 mg per day) because Zinc supplementation creats Copper deficiency.
If you follow a diet high protein/low fat/low carb you can significatenly decrease the activity of 5 alpha reductase. I did this and it works, but only got me about 70% clear. But I want to be able to eat my carbs and fats. So I said Zinc is the way to go. Wish me luck
[This message has been edited by acneman (edited 07-06-2003).]