Tried nearly everything- now CLEAR after 1 month of Zinc
Hey people Im posting to say Im 99% clear after 4 weeks on Zinc Gluconate 75mg (Holland and Barret brand for anyone in the UK)- my oil is going down too. When I first started to get a few zits around age of 14 I read in a health food book at home that Zinc was good for acne, but never bothered to follow it up.
Funnily enough Ive tried a zillion things since then except Zinc! Im now 20 and although my acne was not as bad as it has been, following a boring diet is no fun, and controlling my acne til it is mild has constrained my life in many ways.
Im on 75mg a day which Ive heard is about right for the first 12 weeks and have been eating the sort of things that would have given me breakouts before (icecream, potato chips/crisps).
To start with Zinc seemed to just help inflammation- now it is helping my whole skin. Ive heard it plays a great role in normal functioning of oil glands and blocks DHT (nasty testosterone form). Since mild/moderate acne in myself and my sister appears to come from my father, whose family also has history of premature malepattern baldness (how unlucky can you get??), I always felt DHT was the culprit.
I hope this lasts. I am so happy- I can go swimming now and feel confident talking to guys i like Im still avoiding too much sugar though. Its like a dream come true!
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).]
Wow! That's awesome your acne is cleared. What was your acne state before? Do you take any other vitamins?
I have heard that you should also take copper with high levels of zinc because elevated zinc levels can interfere with copper absorption. I have some zinc picolinate here at home, maybe I'll start taking it!
after reading your post i think i'll try zinc. i've been on benzaclin, minocycline, tazorac, and proactiv. I haven't tried this route yet. What do you think about taking zinc and b5 at the same time? Good or bad or would it make any difference at all?