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Does zinc (20mg to 50mg a day) from the vitamin store help decrease acne? is it worth a trying for a few months, in an otherwise healthy person?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
ZINC ACNE: I do not believe that zinc has any effect, negative or positive on acne. Waste of time, effort and money.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
NO!!: There is zero evidence that this therapy helps acne. Another way to get you to spend money. Try therapies that have safe proven effectiveness!
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Yes: Zinc has been shown to have an effect in the dermatology literature since the early 70s on the archive of dermatology.Vit is part of prescription vitamin supplements which include zone nicinamide and folic acid. An o/c brand is naturally clear which also a topical niacinamide spray which is equal in efficacy to benzoyl peroxide without the irritation.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Zinc and acne: What is the zinc acne connection? There are many who believe that zinc is very useful for people having acne because it is a mineral and it has been seen to reduce the symptoms of the condition. However there are others who do not agree to this and say that there is hardly any relationship between zinc and acne. However recent research does not agree to this view. Zinc does reduce acne.

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