Zinc is a trace element that we need to survive.  Essentially Zinc is found throughout your body and has an important role in the immune system, metabolism, and wound healing.   It also plays a role in growth and development. It is even a component of many of our hormones. It has been shown in studies that there may be a relationship between zinc and skin health.  Conclusively, the studies have revealed that people with acne had lower levels of serum zinc compared to those without acne.  Those who suffer from a zinc deficiency have been seen to have improved skin health after supplementing with zinc.

Foods High in Zinc

So if you are an acne sufferer, what does this mean for you? Well the best way to test if you are zinc deficient is to alter your diet so that you are eating more foods rich in zinc.  Here are just a few foods that are high in zinc:

  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Pork
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Eggs

Overall, zinc present in animal-based sources are more bio-available and will absorb better compared to zinc that is plant-based in origin.  

SupplementsOptiZinc

Another mode of increasing zinc absorption is to take a supplement.  At Austin Skin+, we recommend OptiZinc. However, it is important to note that taking a zinc supplement may not be right for everyone.  We highly recommend that you see a doctor before taking any type of supplements.

It’s no secret that our lifestyle impacts our skin… and that means the food that we eat is important! When we have diets filled with junk food, we are depriving our bodies of the nutrients we need, such as zinc and many others!  Not only will diet help to heal your skin, it will keep your body healthy too!

Carly @ Austin Skin+