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Hello there, this is my first blog where I report my improvements using Zinc to treat my persistent, painful acne. Lets get the basics out of the way real quick: - I'm 25, female - currently taking Zinc (as Zinc methionine) 30 mg (OptiZinc by Source Naturals) which also contains Copper (as Copper Sebacate) 288 mcg - also currently taking a women's multivitamin that also contains 15mg of Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) (2+ years) and Yaz birth control pill (8+ years) - I avoid dairy (not lactose intolerant, just prefer to not ingest it) and don't eat much red meat - acne is primarily found around my lips/mouth/chin area and more recently right under my chin near my neck (inflamed, itchy, whiteheads, cysts, sore/painful) - been taking the OptiZinc for 2 weeks and a day now WEEK 1: - after a week, there is much less acne overall and less inflammed acne - all inflammed pre-existing acne has gone down - a few new pimples have formed (whiteheads) but not too many WEEK 2: - heavily increased hormonal acne around mouth/chin area - very inflammed, very painful and itchy - most spots are coming to a white head or are a cyst - feeling a little discouraged but I will continue taking these pills for AT LEAST 12 weeks since I hear that is usually a good amount of time to see whether or not things are actually improving or not (I wonder if this is an "initial breakout" like on Accutane.. I hope so **I added a photo from week 1, and later tonight I'll add a photo from today for week 2, sorry for the "deer in the headlights" look I have going on