I need your help! Can Zinc cause an increase in DHT? I read that it boosts testosterone naturally. I've been taking 50 mgs of Zinc for months, and I dont think it helps... My acne is hormonal, I also take Saw Palmetto and I feel like that really helps. But I recently came across an article about testosterone and Zinc. And I'm confused. Was út a mistake to take the two supplements together? Did I boost my testosterone levels with mega doses of Zinc? (50 mgs daily, I'm a 50 kg girl). I stopped taking Zinc for a few days, but I'm really confused, and I havent found information on the internet that would help. Can you guys help me? My acne came back more severe after stopping birth control pills after 2,5 years. Input down the pill last June. Thank you for your help!
Zinc for Oily Skin!
I’ve been taking it for four days and all I can say about it is how it improved my oiliness! No breakouts or purging, and no new sight of closed comedones (my WHOLE face is filled with them). The bad side here is you’ll need some moisturizer, because my face got drier than usual. I hope this improvement continues though. Oh, BTW, the brand I have (my dad actually bought it) is Nature Made. I live in the Philippines and I recently took my senior high school at a public school (scorching hot > sweat and oil > closed comedones]. I’m giving it a four just because it has only been almost a week. Taking zinc supplements is kinda like taking accutane, but no disastrous side effects... well, an exception is when you don’t balance your zinc levels with your copper levels. Other than that, all is fine. I think this improvement is relative; if you’re not zinc deficient and you have acne, maybe this isn’t the key to your problem.
Zinc For The Win
It works very well for acne. Combining it with a fish oil and multi vitamin supplement everyday helps even more.
Worth a try!
I came to know about using zinc supplements to alleviate acne after my most recent outbreak of cystic acne on my chin and some clusters of closed comedones along the jawline. After so long I finally made the connection that my acne could have something to do with the fact that I hardly ate meat from when I was a kid (hence zinc deficiency and hormone imbalance, which apparently is quite common in vegetarians and vegans). I have been taking zinc supplements (25mg zinc + 250mg vitamin c) daily for 2 weeks now and noticed a huge improvement in my skin. The 3 cysts that came up when I started have gone down considerably in a week (these painful, stubborn cysts usually last for 3-4 weeks sometimes), and the closed comedone clusters are reducing. I have no new acne so far, which I can tell you is a big improvement from someone who has suffered ongoing breakouts from cycle to cycle for as long as I remember! Wish I had found out about this in my teenage years, I could have saved myself from the 6 months of doxycycline which caused angrier and bigger cysts when I stopped, as well the irritation and redness from constant application of topical treatments that don't seem to work.. Worth a try! I took these supplements after food so no nausea but I always feel super hungry the day after! Might try taking it once in two days instead and see how that goes. I have the scars and pigmentation left now so hopefully vitamin e will help with that.
Worth a try!
I have been taking zinc supplements (25mg + 250mg vitamin c) for two weeks and it has made a HUGE difference on my skin. The 3 cysts that I had on my Chin when I started have gone down a lot (they did take a week though but better than the usual 3-4 weeks), and the closed comedones are slowly calming down. No new pimples so far which is rare for me since I've been battling breakouts for as long as I can remember. Wish I had found out about this in my teen years when cysts and nodules were flaring like no other, exacerbated by all those drying and irritating topical treatments. I was also on doxycycline for 6 months back then at my worst, which helped me then but once I stopped the cysts just came back bigger and angrier! I also suspect that I have been zinc deficient all this while which is probably one of the causes of my acne (that and hormone imbalance)--I haven't been much of a meat eater since I was a child, and apparently zinc deficiency is quite common if vegetarians and vegans. Side effects : I take one zinc tablet after dinner and have managed to avoid nausea etc but it does make me super hungry the next day, which is a bit distracting when I'm at work.. Might try once in two days instead. I just have scars and pigmentation leftover to treat so guess I'll try taking vitamin e for that and I'll let you guys know how that goes.
Not the answer
17 yo male. I have mild acne(maybe moderate) , I have read in here about supplementing zinc , hoping it would be the answer. After finishing my first pack of zinc Picolinate 22mg *2/3 a day, let me tell u, it didn't really change anything. Still bought another one as I I'm so desperate so im not really thinking logically..
Breaking out and getting acne scars after going vegan, ZINC SAVED MY ASS
I tried with everything. Always going by the healthy way trying to get my acne under control, but i couldnt. Creams, diets, cleanses, they did some good but still something carving inside trying to push my acne out. And after zinc my acne started to diminish a LOT. After a month almost no acne. WORST A TRY, even more if you are vegan, vegetarian or have a zinc defiency. And by the way, read about zinc-copper ratio. After taking zinc ive gotten a copper detox and more symptoms i was having dissapeared (anxiety, bruxism, constipation). I use natural life brand (gluconate), im taking 1 pill (25mg) with lunch, and another (25mg) with dinner. GIVE IT A SHOT. MY SUFFERING IS GONE, I LOVE YOU ZINC!!!!
Zinc and Selenium for Thyroid Acne
I started developing severe cystic acne when I was 20. They were huge red cysts with three heads each that would grow on both cheeks (almost symmetrically), and wouldn't stop being inflamed for two weeks at a time. It was ugly and really painful, and they left marks that would not go away for atleast three months and scars that are still on my cheeks. As I went from acne-free to covered in horrible red acne and scars on my face I became depressed and lost five kgs. I also started to *lose my hair* and had *dry flaky skin on my palms and face*. The skin on my palms would peel off and my hair would fall in clumps. I noticed a decrease in the *quality of hair, which became extremely dry, frizzy and lost its overall shape and texture*. I felt like I had a different person's hair on my head. I went to several doctor's who could not help me, and I got hormone and thyroid tests done which did not tell me anything. After studying my acne and symptoms over a year I self-diagnosed myself with hypothyroidism. Self-diagnosis can be dangerous, but sometimes it's about reading your body's signals. As I took measures to deal with hypothyroidism, my acne went away and I have been cyst-free for six months now. Here is what helped and what didn't: What did not help: Cutting carbs : Helped with weight-loss but acne kept coming Drinking lemon water in the morning: Good habit but cysts continued Burdock Root: did not take full dose and suffered from horrible purging breakouts over jawline on both sides of my face Green Tea: Helped with overall health and skin but cysts continued Vitamin A and D :Helped with overall skin but did not do anything for cystic acne What really helped: Calming myself down: stressing about my cysts made them worse Makeup and concealer: You can always conceal redness; it took me a while to discover this and I have been at peace since then, cysts or no ALOE VERA: This gel is magic and will speed up scar healing so much, and make your skin glowy. Tip: Keep it on overnight, on full face. Zinc: I started taking 15mg of zinc daily because it can support your thyroid. This was the key to being cyst-free. It might not work for everyone, but my hair and skin only returned to normal once I began to take zinc. Don't take too much! [I take 15mg Zinc Gluconate daily from Holland and Barrett. I've been taking one every day for a year now with no side-effects. No nausea or hair loss; my hair is almost too thick right now.] Selenium: I eat one brazil nut everyday. I have not had a single cyst or even big pimple since. It can really support your thyroid. Try it! It's magic. From my experience, zinc is not enough, but in combination with selenium I have almost zero acne issues. Magnesium: I swam in the ocean for a week, and when my skin and hair drastically improved, that's when I suspected I might have thyroid issues. I don't know whether it is the magnesium or zinc or whatever mineral that is present in sea water that did it, but it changed my skin health soooo drastically (just a week!) that it was insane. So try magnesium sprays, tablets, or a swim in the ocean! It's depressing to deal with acne but try and listen to your body. Don't go gluten and dairy free without ruling out hormonal or thyroid and other endocrine issues. Two years ago I was in a horrible place, and was constantly sad about my skin. Today it's something I think about maybe once a month, and only if I can see my scars. Otherwise I can get away without washing my face, eating like crap, being stressed, getting no sleep, having sex, etc. without it showing on my skin! It's only because I know my body needs certain nutrients. If you have any of these symptoms, try what I did! I hope I help someone.
Not my Cure
I took Zinc 50/mg daily for 4 months with evening premise oil and have noticed no changes. This did not help me.
No more acne with zinc
I have had mild acne all my life im 27 years old. I tried everrything but i still get one or 2 big cystic acme every time of the month. Some days are worse. I tried zinc 50mg, vitamin e ,vitamin c altogether at night . And im telling you. Its been 6 months and i still havent have acne . Im completely clear. Not even a small dot on my face. Im so happy. I hope it will last
i'd say it's most likely helped but i dont know if the zinc pills are the ones thats helping with my acne considering that i have a whole routine and diet and im definitely not just gonna stop everything just to see if the zinc pills actually work so yeah im stuck in the middle of it so i'd say it's a "maybe it did work"
A disappointment for female hormonal acne.
So I have waiting exactly 3 weeks from the start date of taking Zinc Picolinate 75mg daily before leaving a review. I am female, age 28, moderate to severe hormonal acne for 15 years. I can say with confidence that this dosage of Zinc has done absolutely nothing for my skin. It is exactly as bad (if not very slightly worse) than it was 3 weeks ago. I am truly disappointed, as I wanted this to be the natural fix that so many have said it was for them - or at least see some difference, but no. I am now left wondering whether to try upping the dose or to just quit altogether. I can report though that I've had no bad side effects from this dose - and that I have been taking copper also, to make sure my levels don't drop, so no problems there. If I have any further revelations I will come back to share!
Right Dosage for Zinc
How much zinc should I take? Is it good for me to take 50mg? I have pimples but not that severe, my breakout is every other day and what combination of vitamins is best for acne? Thankyou.
good addition to skin routine
I started taking zinc gluconate tablets a couple of months ago now, they're not too expensive so I thought id give them a go instead of piling more products onto my skin. I live in the uk and got my tablets from Holland and Barrett , I have generally seen an improvement in my skin and the amount of breakouts I've been getting recently has reduced however its difficult for me to tell whether this is a result of the zinc or a combination of other factors as I've been altering my skincare routine a decent bit recently and introducing a few new products. overall I think it may have helped my skin at least a little and thats good enough for me. it might work better for you but since its not much of an investment ill probably keep taking them.
26, moderate breakouts. 1 Zinc Chelate tablet a day 25mg. My skin hasn't been this clear in 12 years. Where has this been all my life?
I thought this worked for some time, but then nothing changed. It didn't make it worse but definitely didn't cure my skin from acne.
Zinc helps my acne.
I'm 23. I have been taking 250 mg of Zinc Gluconate for about 5 months. My acne condition has improved overall. The improvement has not been much, but still significant ( around 33% more clear ). Zinc is definitely worth trying if you have acne.
First Online Review Ever Because This Worked For me
28, 10 years w adult acne, vegetarian (so lacked Zinc in my diet). Less than a week on 50 mg of Zinc (bottle doesn't specify the type) and my skin has dramatically improved. Strongly recommend this!! Made me start my period early because Zinc impacts the menstruation cycle but worth it for having clear skin. SO much easier/cheaper/more effective than the dozens of other products I've tried. TRY IT!
Works like accutane without the side effects!
PROS: Started working after two days. I stopped breaking out. CONS: Current acne took forever to go away, like (a month) NOTE: I do break out once in a while, but not because of Zinc. It was more my diet, but even if i do breakout now, they are very small and usually does not surface, and if it does, it is a very small pimple that comes to a head the next day.
Hopefully this is the comment that makes you go: "Alright I'll give it a try!". One of the 600+ comments on here was that one for me, and I can't thank enough the person who took the time to write it! Good Luck!
Stops breakout but doesn't cure..
I started taking zinc (50) and vitamin d3 (2200)tablets and vitamin c (1000 wit rose hip) twice a day it stopped breakout , in this two months I have had very few breakdouts that disappeared in 2-3days but it didn't do anything to my red marks on face it still looks the same when I started taking ...
Did not work for me
After taking 40 mg of zing per night for about 5 nights, I got horrible cysts on my cheeks and the skin around my mouth and nose became red and very dry and flaky. I was upset this didn't work for me after reading the review but I guess I just have to keep going with trial and error if I want to see improvement. At least now I know this doesn't work for me so I won't try it again.
Zinc, Beta Glucan or D3 vitamin?
I'm taking beta glucan, zinc and D3 pills for month - two, and there is no single new spot on my skin and it is glowing. Not sure what exactly helped. Year ago, I used beta glucan and D3 as well, but many other things as well - like green tea, clay for drinking, clay and lemon masks, and lot of other teas, not drinking alcohol a lot and eating sugar, green smoothies. My face suddenly became horrible, with a lot of break outs and cysts, then cleared and it was clear for some time., like 2 months. Then I stopped using beta glucan, but continued to use D3 pills. After I stop using D3, my face became inflamed again, so I started using it again at it did not help. This year I started with beta glucan, and D3 but brought some zinc as well. I do eat all I want, mix of fruit and vegetable salads, gluten, white breads and pasta, fried meets and some alcohol and sugar as well, and it seems it is not affecting my face at the moment. Above that, I'm moisturizing face with Argan or Rose hip oil (I used Rose hip oil last year when my face cleared, but I was using it as well when it became inflamed again).
AMAZING RESULTS- please read
I'm 22, and I've never really had what you'd call "severe" acne- however that's not to say my face isn't marred with old acne scars. In general I don't get big pimples, I get a whole bunch of tiny little pimples that are mostly the color of my skin, especially on my forehead and near my eyebrows down to the sides of my cheeks. I've tried everything- antibiotics (which worked for a while), Epiduo (which worked for a while, but then burned my skin), creams, washes, scrubs, plain water, hand soap, face mask, honey, etc etc etc in the end I attributed it to hormones. I don't wear a lot of makeup (eyeliner, blush, and that's it!) Finally I settled on ZapZyt cream, and cetaphil face wash, which worked really well for those 1x a week painful pimples that would pop up- the soft ones that are really tender and under the skin. Ouchie. ZapZyt kept my acne at bay but my face was still populated by those ugly little pimples. Once a week I use a lancer to clean out black heads from my nose and pop some pimples here and there but I knew I couldn't keep this up forever- I didn't want to. I'm 22!! I was annoyed with the fact that I still have acne- in HS I didn't have much, but as a college student it was frustrating. Then I stumbled upon an article saying Zinc was necessary for those who don't eat a lot of meat- which I don't, I literally mainly eat eggs as any kind of meat (because I just don't care to make it for myself). I did more research and gathered a list of supplements I wanted to start taking to improve my overall health- and when I did even more research on each individual supplement I found out that Zinc has a correlation with acne!! Imagine my surprise! People with acne have lower levels of Zinc in their systems than those without acne by 24%- plus one study found that it was almost as effective as antibiotics (with the added advantage of your body not becoming immune to it). So I figured, why not? I've tried everything else and spent so much- why not try a simple supplement? I began to take 50mg of Chelated Zinc (gluconate) and found that because it's chelated, the elemental zinc is bonded to other chemicals to make it more acceptable to the stomach and body. 50mg of chelated zinc gluconate only contains about 7mg of elemental zinc- which was perfect for the recommended daily dosage of 9mg (sourced via several websites). Humans only need a little Zinc, and too much zinc could throw off the delicate balance of chemicals in the body and you could end up with a copper deficiency. So for a week I just stuck to 50mg ZG- and within a day my skin made a huge improvement!! My skin looked luminous- what?? no way!! it has to be a fluke! and no new pimples had formed! Plus my old ones were healing quickly. I was stunned- I kept this up and by the end of the week my skin looked great. I couldn't believe a deficiency in a mineral was what was causing all of my acne! I upped my dosage to 1 and 1/4 of a tablet and saw and even greater improvement- my acne is 95% gone now. I still have a few bumps here and there but wow- I feel so much more confident in my skin. That and the oil on my face has decreased dramatically. My skin looks very matte most of the time now and my nose doesn't need much clearing out at the end of the week (black heads). So so soooo happy I took the leap and did some research. To test that it was the zinc I skipped the Zinc for the day and I immediately, like that same night, broke out with 2 painful pimples on my chin. I hadn't gotten my period, or done anything different so I quickly took the zinc, put on some ZapZyt and woke up to a nicer complexion. All I do now is wash my face and put on a little hemp seed oil if it gets dry. I don't use my cream that much anymore and putting on makeup is more fun because my skin looks so nice :D Please consider trying this if you don't eat a lot of meat- or you have an odd diet and not a usual healthy omnivorous one.
Didn't do much for me
I took it for almost 2 months, my breakouts stayed the same and the texture of my skin worsend, although the redness went down a little. It's one of those products that you have to try, because it can either be really good or not do anything at all. (I have cystic acne on both cheeks and blackheads in my t-zone)