Education, Wellness / Self-Care

PSA: Zinc can give you better Skin

5 ways zinc helps.

words by: Natasha Marsh
May 29, 2022

Zinc, that pill that your parents probably take (and make you take), actually has really impressive skincare benefits, especially for those with acne-prone skin. But what about zinc helps the skin? Ahead, we break it down.

 

What is zinc? 

Zinc is an essential mineral needed to make the body function at its optimal state. The small but mighty mineral can boost the immune system, heal wounds, assist in DNA and protein synthesis, and help young children develop.

 

Luckily, the outermost layer of the skin (the surface layer) contains more that any layer underneath. This is also the reason why you have to take enough of it daily to support the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Zinc doesn’t stay in body for long, so that is why you need to have it often to maintain total health. If you become deficient, you can develop skin conditions like rashes and lesions.

 

So what are the benefits of zinc?

This essential mineral has many different benefits: Treating acne, protecting against harmful UV rays, keeping out bacteria, helping in wound healing, and assisting in collagen synthesis.

 

Treating acne

In combination with other vitamins and ingredients, zinc helps treat skin lesions and can severely decrease the appearance of acne. Not to mention, it also helps diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

 

Protecting against harmful UV rays

You’ve probably noticed that this mineral is in a lot of sunscreens. This is because it can reflect the sun and create a protective barrier between the skin and the damaging UVA and UVB rays.

 

Keeping out bacteria

As an antibacterial, zinc is a barrier protector and astringent.

 

Helping in wound healing

When applied topically with a cream, serum, moisturizer, or body lotion, it can protect the skin from scars and regeneration, while simultaneously soothing inflammation.

 

Assisting in collagen synthesis

Zinc is an enzyme cofactor and helps with DNA repair and collagen synthesis to look and feel younger and healthier.

 

Awesome, and are there any side effects?

Short answer: Not really. If you keep your daily dose to 8-9mg, you should not experience any negative side effects. And by the way, taking extra zinc won’t have any extra boost, but could actually cause more harm than good — resulting in acne, eczema, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps, and other skin conditions. In addition, too much zinc can lead to low copper levels and a weak immune system.

 

Want to learn more about skincare? Here’s why fermented oils are the latest skincare trend.

 

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