Over the years, evidence continues to mount that adequate levels of zinc help reduce acne symptoms, on average by approximately 40%. While zinc will likely not completely clear anyone’s skin, this is still significant and is more than placebo.
It turns out that oysters contain far more zinc than any other food. In fact, 3 ounces of oysters (about 6 cooked or raw oysters) contain about 74mg of zinc, almost 500% of the daily value for zinc. However, because high levels of zinc can be toxic, be sure to keep your total zinc intake below 100mg per day.
If you are not fond of oysters, supplementing with a 30mg zinc gluconate pill per day should be plenty to get the benefits.
While there is still not enough compelling evidence to conclude that diet and acne are in fact related, in this one instance, perhaps indulging in a few oysters could be a fun way to provide some extra insurance against breakouts.