Zinc for Acne? This and Other Little-Known Pimple Treatments
The idea of using zinc for acne may seem a little odd, but there are a number of surprising treatments for pimples that actually work! In this article, we are going to talk about some “alternative” treatments for acne that are easy to obtain, cheap, and safe for the skin. Before we dive into these lesser-known treatment options for pimples, let’s refresh our knowledge on the causes of pimple formation.
Acne is defined as a condition in which one’s skin develops pimples, or sores, as a result of pore inflammation. This inflammation is initially caused by bacteria making its way into the pore and then becoming trapped within the skin pore. This blockage is often caused by dead skin cells that have failed to naturally slough away. These cells can mix with the natural oils produced by the skin to make a thick material that becomes lodged into pores.
In an effort to kill off the bacteria and prevent a genuine infection, the body will send extra blood to the infected area so that white blood cells can exterminate the bacteria there. This results in swelling, redness, and pain. Over time the bacteria within the pore may have amassed a little pocket of white-colored residue or even pus within the pore. This is sometimes broken down by the body and flushed out of the system, but other times the pressure within the pore builds up as the body attempts to push the infectious matter up and out of the skin. This is what causes a “white head” on top of a pimple.
So now that we’re clear on the basics of pimples, let’s take a look at some of the treatments that you can use to clear up an acne outbreak.
The idea of using zinc for acne may seem pretty strange, but studies have shown that it’s actually pretty effective in situations where an individual suffers from long-term and recurring bouts of acne. Zinc is a mineral that does a lot for the body, although it goes relatively unnoticed compared to big-wigs like calcium and potassium. Zinc has a reputation of being an all-around good guy when it comes to promoting healthy skin, and one of the ways that it does this is by regulating hormones. Wait a minute—hormones? That’s right! The reason people are starting to really trust zinc for acne treatment is because of its proven ability to help regulate hormone levels which can cut back on acne outbreaks caused by dramatic hormone fluctuations.
Many of us tend to associate rampant hormone levels with puberty, but there are a lot of factors in life that can cause dramatic hormone fluctuations, such as stress, certain medications, and activity levels, and when these elements become more pronounced in your life you would do well to rely on zinc for acne treatment.
Yogurt and Lemon Juice
Yogurt and lemon juice may sound more like an afternoon snack rather than an acne treatment, but this mixture can be a gem for individuals who suffer from a mixture of dry and oily skin. This concoction, made up of a dollop of plain yogurt and a bit of lemon juice, is a great way to cut through the oily blockage in your pores without drying out your skin. Lemon juice is highly acidic and can easily penetrate the natural oils on your skin and break down the tissues that are trapping bacteria inside your pores. Yogurt is naturally soothing to the skin and will add moisture and encourage suppleness. Use the yogurt directly from the refrigerator as the coolness will cut down on inflammation, reducing redness, swelling, and tenderness. Decide whether you want to apply the mixture as a face mask to be applied to a large area of skin or if you just need a little dab onto your trouble areas. The amount of lemon juice that you add will depend on your own personal skin type. If you have a lot of excess oil then you might want to be liberal with the lemon juice. If you have highly sensitive skin then just stick to a quarter of a teaspoon or so per one tablespoon of yogurt. Leave the mixture applied to the skin for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
When pondering possibilities for acne treatment, you probably don’t bring to mind pictures of mustard powder or even honey, for that matter. This may end up being a regular acne treatment in your household, though, once you’ve given this excellent remedy a try. Mustard powder mixed with a bit of honey (or water, if you prefer) makes a thick paste that can be applied directly to pimples. Mustard is naturally high in salicylic acid, which you may recall is the leading ingredient in most acne face washes. Honey will act both as a moisturizer and a sticky agent to help the mustard powder keep close contact with the pimple. If you aren’t comfortable with using honey then just add a bit of water to the mustard powder until you get a very thick paste. Use a cotton swab or even your fingertip to apply a liberal amount to each pimple on your face, shoulders, etc. Allow this mixture to sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.