Here's the backstory: I've had little to no acne before high school, but during my junior year, I started developing big, lingering zits that would leave brown marks. And so I started taking zinc, and have been taking it for about 3 years. It eventually improved my face into an almost perfect state, even when my lazy habits get the best of me. While it has been effective, I figured it would do me no good to take it long term, and so I started reducing my intake and I eventually quit about 9 months ago. My skin remained exceptionally clear until I decided to take daily ACV shots. During this time, I started getting a big cysts around my TOM (which I never did previously before starting ACV), and about two months ago, I had developed a clump of stubborn white heads, thus I stopped ACV.
While quitting the ACV, I also started incorporating zinc again about 5 weeks ago to counter the lingering acne. I guess you can say the tiny whiteheads subsided, but the process involved some of them becoming crazy inflamed and then finally dying down which left pigmentation. During the first week, I thought it was really helping, as the zits healed impressively quick. However, fast-forwarding through the month, I was breaking out quite frequently. I was growing weary, but assumed it was just the so-called purging phase. And even if so, this was quite surprising, as I have NEVER had an initial breakout from past experiences with zinc. And for 5 weeks?! My acne wasn't even that bad to start with! This is discerning, and I can certainly say my skin is looking much worse from before I started the zinc again. I am going to come off of it starting today to see if my assumptions are correct. Will update.
Meanwhile, I was wondering if any of you have experienced a worsening in your acne upon supplementing zinc.
-I have taken the same brand and type of zinc all throughout the years.
-I have also been taking fish oil (omega 3s) consistently for many years, and it has never affected my acne. In fact, it probably helped.
-skincare routine has remained the same throughout the years as well