Post # 78
I’ve been taking zinc for about 2 weeks and my skin has gotten much, much worse. Has this happened to anyone else? I’m gonna stick with it for a little bit longer in case this is one of those “it gets worse before it gets better” things, but the only other time my skin has been this bad was when I was on the progesterine-based pill. I’ve read that zinc increases testosterone…I’m wondering if that has something to do with it? Ugh, skin problems suck.
Post # 79
OP I could kiss you right now! My skin has seriously never looked better (sounds like we have very similar skin) Wish I had known about this BEFORE my wedding!
Post # 80
It’s working for me, too!
ETA: Redmonds clay is also an amazing product, for topical treatments! It draws out impurities and my skin has never been softer!
Post # 82
@jesssamesssa: Yes! That’s why I started using it. I just went off BC and had nothing to keep my hormonal acne at bay. Until now. Plus it’s great to take to keep your immune system up, especially now that we’re in flu season.
Post # 83
@LedeLady: Well then I guess I will have to try that! My acne is pretty under control right now but I want all the extra help I can get! I just started using a personal microdermabrasion tool at home to help smooth out my skin and get rid of a lot of the discoloration from my previous acne. Im going shopping today so I will keep an eye out for some Zinc!
Post # 84
@turnanewleaf: Yep, totally makes sense! Sudocrem is great for acne (AND eczema), and the active ingredient in that is zinc http://www.sudocrem.co.uk/
My Fiance always takes zinc to stave off colds, and that seems to work too.
Post # 85
I need to try this! My breakouts aren’t awful, but they are bad enough to make me want to visit a derm before our wedding. And it would be great to stop using Proactiv so I no longer bleach all my towels!
Post # 86
Just wanted to see if it got better for you? Mine too got much much worse, never had so many pimples before. I kept with it and finally stopped, my face is now clear. Glad it has worked for some, but definitely not for me.
Post # 87
@turnanewleaf: Thanks for sharing ive been taking zinc for 2 weeks now and i actually have noticed an improvement in my acne plus i have restarted multivitamins and I cant tell you how much the two are improving things for me in just how i feel! thanks again
Post # 88
@meke: It didn’t; after a month, I just stopped taking it and now my skin is much improved. Obviously I still have acne (or I wouldn’t have tried zinc in the first place), but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was when I was taking zinc. I’m bummed. Especially since zinc actually gave me a bunch of energy and improved my mood! But my face was broken out SO bad, it wasn’t worth it. I’m sorry you experienced the same thing, but glad I’m not the only one!
Post # 89
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard
@meke: it impacts your testosterone levels, so that might not be a good thing for some people.
I had to cut back because I was feeling kind of bitchy and my boobs hurt. now I’m taking just 15mg per day and feel much better. I can’t say it’s doing anything for my acne, but I’m actually taking as a preemtive move before I go off of birth control. usually my face explodes after I quit BC, so I’m hoping this will help. one thing it is doing for me is helping me sleep better. yay!
Post # 90
@mu_t: I never heard of it making one gain weight; I’ve been taking it for a couple months now and I’m losing weight (because I am controlling how much I eat and exercising a lot more than I was).
@turnanewleaf: Hi all, I decided to try taking zinc for my obnoxious hormonal acne (at 26, I don’t see why I should have acne any longer!!) when I saw this thread a month or two ago. I don’t remember to take it every single day, but I usually take it several times a week and I have definitely noticed a difference also! My skin is not cured, but the level of improvement is quite significant!
I have a copper IUD, so although it may not affect anything, I feel that this may help offset the tiny bit of extra, foreign copper in my body as well.
Post # 91
@turnanewleaf: I tried zinc but it didn’t work too well for me : (. Evening primrose oil helped a little. I am going to try estroblock next, as it seems to have very good reviews from many people suffering from hormonal acne
Post # 92
@secretbee33: Hmm, what is estroblock? It sounds both very interesting, for getting rid of hormonal acne, and like something that would really mess with one’s hormones. . . which for women are very closely connected with proper digestive function. I’ve had hormonal issues that definitely impacted my digestion, so I’d be careful. . . though if you think it will help and it is apparently safe, it might be worth a try!