How Does Zinc Affect Skin and Scar Healing?

How Does Zinc Affect Skin and Scar Healing?

Bodily functions such as immune responses, growth and reproduction, and neurological functions rely on Zinc for a number of reasons. For cuts and abrasions the use of zinc is recommended, and in topical and oral applications in can be used to encourage the healing of wounds, prevention of infections, and for the reduction of damage to the skin. Before beginning any supplements, it is always wise to check with a doctor for the proper dosage and advice.

Zinc plays an essential role in the metabolizing of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. This allows the body to utilize protein to help heal wounds. The body uses zinc in the generation of cells, which is crucial to the re-growth of skin that is damaged from injuries, aging, or causes on an environmental level. Zinc is also good at helping the body with collagen production, reduction of free radicals, prevention of the growth of bacteria, inflammation reduction.

When it comes to the treatment of skin ulcers, acne, and inflammation, zinc has shown a great deal of promise. It is helpful for the prevention of infection and scar healing. It has very positive effects on the immune system and the prevention of the growth of bacteria. In 2006 a study was completed and published in the Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters that supported zinc as beneficial to skin that has been burned to heal much faster.

Not only is zinc used for protection against the sun, but also to promote the healing of skin. It is used in skin ointments, over the counter treatments that help cuts and abrasions and also in diaper creams. Taking an oral dose of zinc as a daily supplement can be very beneficial to the body. The body is naturally able to produce zinc; however, if you have skin that is damaged, you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffering from a medical condition, the levels of zinc could be reduced, and a supplement may be required. Sources of zinc include shellfish, poultry, dairy products, red meat, beans, nuts, and some grains that can be used from these dietary resources.

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While it is very rare for it to occur, an overdose of zinc is a possibility. In some cases, an administration of only 50 mg daily of zinc could result in causing gastrointestinal distress, which is due to mild zinc toxicity. It is possible at higher doses of around 225 milligrams could cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Before beginning any regimen that includes zinc it is important to seek out the advice of a doctor.

In the United States, a deficiency in zinc is rare; however, it can happen. Symptoms of such a deficiency could include a change in the skin health. This mineral deficiency could result in dry skin, weakness in the fingernails, slow healing, and inflammation on the skin, dermatitis, and acne.  People with diet restrictions such as vegetarians could be at a higher risk of such a deficiency. The zinc in vegetables and plants is much harder to absorb than in the meat from animal products.

How do you incorporate zinc to help heal your scar: topically or through your diet?

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
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