- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
What an awesome story! Glad it worked for you! 🙂
What an awesome story! Glad it worked for you! 🙂
@turnanewleaf: thanks so much for this. I just got off my antibiotic for my acne. You aren’t suppose to take it long term. But now that my wedding is done, I’m not ready to let my acne come back (it’s already starting…)
ive have tried everything on your list as well. I’m going to try this!!!
New question! I read that zinc is used sometimes to help gain weight… the last thing on earth i want is to gain weight (i’m desperately trying to lose). OP, did you experience this at all? anyone else?
I did a little research, and from what I can gather, zinc doesn’t cause weight gain so much as zinc deficiency causes weight loss (the bad kind!! Please please please don’t avoid zinc, nearly every body process requires it!) so taking zinc supplements helps people with a deficiency get back to a healthier weight. For example it can be used to help people recovering from anorexia and malnourished children.
As long as you take a normal dose (no more than 100 mg daily, even that is a bit high) you should be ok.
On a related note, I got some zinc yesterday. I can’t seem to find any good research on a proper dose (anyone who knows please chime in here) but I’ve got a bottle of 50 mg zinc + 2 mg copper which will hopefully be ok.
@mu_t: No weight gain here, nor increased appetite or anything that would contribute to it. I take it at night, but I may have increased energy during the day because of it – not sure. But my weight certainly has not increased. That said I have a very physically active job so I need to try pretty hard to gain weight.
@Ice_cream: I never did understand the antibiotic rx for acne. So doc, you want me to take these for a few weeks/months, contribute to the antibiotic resistance problem we have in healthcare and wreak havoc on my digestive system so I can have clear skin for…a little while?! lol. If anything it’s a tease…”look, no acne, don’t you feel great! Ok, now no more antibiotics for you, wait and watch while the zits return.” Hmm, thanks! lol
@Nails_Polished: My AOR bottle has 15mg elemental zinc and 2mg copper. It says to take 1 per day. I took 2 in the first weeks until my acne started significantly clearing up and then dropped to 1 per day but once in a while when I feel I’m susceptible to break out (PMS) I might take 2. I think dosing can be difficult as it depends on how much zinc you get in your diet. I don’t eat much seafood at all so I’m not super concerned about it.
I feel 50mg might be a lot on a longer term basis so do watch out for symptoms of overdose and see if you can drop it when you see things improving.
@leannteresa1: Definitely! I only use the crystal deodorant stuff now! I used to use certain-dri which is really irritating and you have to put it on the night before. It definitely worked but made my underarms sooo itchy. And like I said earlier, I have a physical job so I can get pretty stinky! It helps with not only sweating but overall oiliness on my face and hair too! I still sweat of course, but not very much and it doesn’t stink! Hope it helps you 🙂
@turnanewleaf: I’ll definitely watch out for that 🙂 The studies I looked at often used up to 600 mg (!) per day, which is apparently common for treating acne, also the zinc I’ve got is zinc citrate which isn’t the best with regards to absorption by the body, so I’ll probably be ok, but yeah, definitely looking out. Right now I’m trying to find some studies on the effects of a lower dose but it’s tough. Thankfully Google Scholar exists…
It’s hard to get exact research on this stuff because every body is sooo different. If it comes to it, I may just take it every other day; the half-life of zinc in the body is 4 months so that will probably work. This is what experiments are for 🙂
…in case you haven’t noticed I’m kind of a biology nerd. I can (and have) write essays on this stuff.
edit: Apparently the 600 mg applied to the total amount of supplement given, which corresponded to about 135 mg of actual zinc metal. Still high, but not quite as bad as 600.
Yeah I know no one but me cares about this nerd stuff but I believe in the need for scientific integrity. Nerd nerd nerd.
@Nails_Polished: Great thanks!
@turnanewleaf: my job is completely sedentary and i’ve been workingn SO hard on losing weight so i don’t wanna throw it all away. do i wanna be chubby with great skin or skinny with bad skin? such a toss up haha. i’m definitely gonna try it out though and see what happens! Thanks.
Giving this a shot! I’ve been taking it since Sunday…I have a metallic taste in my mouth! I’m only taking 30mg. Thought I was preggers (That’s a sign) but got a BFN this AM. BUT, it’s been working (maybe a placebo effect!?!?) which is awesome especially since I’m getting my period soon.
Thanks for sharing!
@turnanewleaf: I have been reading more about zinc this weekend. I actually picked up some chelated zinc. I’m going to take 50 mg of it daily. However I’m looking more into this elemental zinc and I wonder if I got the wrong zinc.
Is is your aor zinc you buy sold online? I want this to work for me!
@Ice_cream: I just bought chelated zinc yesterday, because of this thread! Hopefully someone can tell us more about it. I got it from Whole Foods, because it has three different types of zinc and the same ratio of zinc to copper that the OP mentioned. Hopefully it works out for us!!
@Ice_cream: Your bottle should tell you how much of your zinc is elemental zinc, so a bottle will say for example “100mg zinc, 30mg elemental zinc” and elemental zinc is what you’re going for. Chelation is what they do to bind the elemental zinc to increase absorption of the zinc, as elemental zinc on its own isn’t well absorbed in the gut.
Note if you’re in Canada and it doesn’t specifically cite elemental zinc, take the dose as it is to be 100% “elemental zinc” as that is how Canadian labeling is requires it.
If you’re in the US and elementl zinc isn’t specifically stated, find out the RDA of zinc (15mg I think) and see what percentage the bottle states, that would be your elemental zinc. So if the bottle says 200% RDA elemental zinc, you have 30mg of elemental zinc.
I bought my bottle of AOR in a health food store but you can find it on http://www.well.ca. I believe they’re a Canadian brand but I am sure there are near-identical cheaper alternatives available in the US.
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