Do Zinc Supplements Help Acne?

If you’ve tried other methods of acne elimination, but they’ve failed, it may be time to try a supplement. Sometimes they can give your skin the boost it needs to beat acne.

All About Zinc

Zinc is a mineral which naturally exists in some foods. Your body can’t actually store or create zinc by itself. So food or supplements are your only real options. It impact the following bodily functions:

  • Immune function.
  • The healing of wounds & skin.
  • Crucial for cell division.
  • DNA synthesis.
  • Generally supports health and development.

If you’re not taking supplements, it can be found in oysters, beef, crab, lobster and beans. Vegetarians especially may need to take supplements as it’s more likely they may not be getting enough in their diet.

What Can It Do For Acne?

There are studies which show that low zinc levels can be correlated with acne. By no means are small scale studies such as these conclusive, but they at least point to the possibility that it can have a beneficial effect. One study shows that in a test:

After four weeks, there was a significant decrease in the number of papules, pustules, and infiltrates in the zinc-treated groups.


Unfortunately not much is known about how exactly the zinc can work to reduce acne. But it’s possible it has the potential to prevent and alleviate the inflammation common with acne. It also may help reduce the amount of oil which is created by your body. As we know this oil is a big cause of acne. As we mentioned above it helps with the healing of wounds. This means it may help heal damaged skin around the acne and help speed up the overall healing process.

Side Effects

As when taking any drugs or supplements, you must read the label. As long as proper instructions are followed there should be minimal side effects. Common side effects include:

  • A slight distortion in taste.
  • Cramping.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Occasionally it may even worsen acne.
  • Zinc reactions are possible.

Exceeding the recommended doses can cause serious problems, especially involving the liver.

How To Take It

The recommended daily dose is usually 40mg, however consult the label to be sure. It’s also advisable to consult a doctor or medical professional as they may be able to tell you more about the dosages which provide the best results. You should also take copper (around 2mg) with the zinc as it can cause copper deficiency. This is because it  stops the absorption of copper.

Rather than being a stand alone treatment for acne, zinc should be used as part of your overall treatment plan. So use zinc in conjunction with any additional treatments like creams and face washes. The healing properties may help tip the battle with acne in your favour.

Note : It’s not a quick working treatment – you’ll need to give it a few months before you start seeing results. Don’t give up on it before it has had a chance to work!

Also take a look at Tria Blue Light which can provide some very positive results. However it’s much more expensive.