5 ways Zinc can help clear your skin
Zinc is an essential nutrient for healthy periods and skin.
Persistent hormonal acne can be really demoralising.
I used to have terrible skin so I know how it feels.
Biological causes of persistent acne are excess keratin and sebum, related to excess androgens (male hormones) or insufficient oestrogen.
Dietary factors that make acne worse are cows’ dairy products and a diet high in saturated and trans fats.
Studies have shown a correlation between low plasma levels of zinc and severe acne. [Study: Acne and Zinc]
Ironically, oral contraceptives encourage the body to retain copper and this hinders the absorption of zinc.
5 benefits of Zinc for periods and skin
- Zinc regulates androgen hormones. Androgens are sometimes described as ‘male hormones’ – we need some, but not too much. Zinc regulates testosterone production. Too much can cause acne and even facial hair.
- Zinc reduces pore-blocking keratin. In addition to regulating androgens, Zinc is antibacterial and reduces the production of keratin (a cause of blocked pores).
- Zinc promotes regular ovulation. Zinc nourishes ovarian follicles and promotes ovulation. Regular ovulation is the one guarantee that you have a good balance of oestrogen and progesterone, and this helps control sebum production.
- Zinc calms down cortisol. Zinc supports healthy brain function, especially our adrenal response. When we’re low in reserves of cortisol our body utilises progesterone to replace it. Low progesterone is a cause of heavy, irregular periods, PMS and hormonal acne. [Related post: Exhausted? This could be why]
- Zinc is anti-inflammatory. Zinc has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which directly help to clear acne and eliminate painful periods. [Study: Zinc and Inflammation]
Do You Need Zinc?
Zinc is not stored in the body so it needs to be eaten or supplemented regularly.
Red meat and oysters are the most reliable sources, but many people don’t eat white meat and oysters are not exactly an everyday food for most of us!
Cayenne pepper parsley and pumpkin seeds are three of the best sources for vegetarians. Again, not everyday foods for most people.
Common causes of deficiency
- Hormonal birth control
- Lansoprazole medication
- Vegetarian or vegan diet
Common signs of deficiency
- Irregular periods
- Low immunity
Hormonal Acne Responds Well to Homeopathy
Zinc supplements have been extensively studied as a treatment for acne. [Study: Zinc Therapy for Acne]
This is why I always include supplementation as part of my treatment plan for clearing acne.
Homeopathy treatment supports immunity and aids liver function, thus helping the skin to balance naturally. [Related post: Signs Your Liver Needs a Gentle Detox]
“After trying a series of antibiotics to clear my acne, I thankfully came to see you! I didn’t think I would ever have nice skin but with your treatment and advice I really, really do. Thank you so much!”
You might be interested to read a case study of someone’s successful acne treatment, that I published on a professional blog. [Case Study: Clear Skin]
Hormonal acne is one of my favourite things to treat.
It makes me very happy to see how the skin becomes less oily, spots become smaller and less painful and eventually go away completely.
If you’d like to know more about how I can help you have clear skin (and sort out your periods too) feel free to get in touch.