- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
…plus some change. Ya know, for taxes.
I’d like to share my discovery in the hopes that it can help other bees dealing with acne. I know how self conscious it can make you feel.
I am 26 and I have PCOS, so I have become used to having some acne 100% of the time on my back, chest, neck, and all over my face but I’d break out quite severely before I get my period, especially around my chin. I’d even get the odd zit on my butt and my knees.
I have had acne since I was 13 years old and was on accutane at 16 for nearly a year. Accutane helped but did not get rid of it completely, and the effects slowly started to wear off over the next couple of years and I was back to square one.
I have tried it all: proactiv, aspirin masks, birth control, antibiotics, low carb dieting, going dairy-free, drinking lots of green tea, a daily shot of apple cider vinegar, oil of oregano both topically and ingested, the candida diet, extractions, salicylic acid, tanning, microdermabrasion, toothpaste, lemon juice, benzoyl peroxide, and eating paleo (these two have helped a bit…).
And then I started taking zinc. A $10 bottle of zinc. Just days later, almost half of my zits went away. Within a week, my skin was while not perfect, much more glowing and radiant looking. After just 3 weeks, all of the acne on my body was gone. Not only that, but my hair isn’t getting greasy as quickly, I’m not sweating nearly as much, my pores are shrinking, and I can actually get away with not wearing deodorant, because my underarms literally do not stink anymore (and I have a very active, sweaty job!). Even the eczema-like red dots on the back of my arms are gone, and bruises heal much faster. I have been taking zinc through 3 periods now and I get just one little pimple on my chin which goes away in a matter of days.
Bonus: my sex drive is back in full force, whereas for a while there it was nonexistant.
I started off taking a cheapo $5 drugstore brand of zinc gluconate and did get some results but I was not wowed. Once that bottle was empty, I went to a natural food store where the SA recommended AOR zinc-copper balance which has a blend of some 5 or so types of zinc as well as copper (adding zinc to your diet can deplete copper) and that is when the magic began! I started with 2x 15mg pills after dinner (I notice if I take it during the day it can make me a little sleepy, and never, ever take it on an empty stomach – yech) and I now am down to 1x/day, but I do skip some days. I even forgot it during a long weekend trip and my skin still looked great. Usually those trips make me break out like MAD! My acne has not returned, my acne scars and even icepic scars that I got as a teen from cystic acne are going away and my skin looks radiant.
The best part is that I am now off the benzoyl peroxide train, which would make the rest of my body itch, would bleach my clothes and towels, and would make my skin look dull. If I went a single day without BP wash AND cream, I’d break out like crazy. I now just use a gentle natural cleanser.
I have not changed my diet, lifestyle, or added/removed any other supplementation. Just zinc.