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Does zinc ointment really help against pimples?

Many swear on zinc preparations with blemished skin. But what is to be considered with pimples and helps then rather an internal or an external treatment?

Zinc stimulates the immune system and is considered anti-inflammatory. "I therefore like to apply zinc paste or zinc cream for wound healing", explains Marion Moers-Carpi, dermatologist from Munich. Some humans smear themselves therefore zinc ointment also on impure house places pimples– in the hope that in this way faster again disappear. But is it the right method to treat pimples with zinc ointment?

Better not to apply any skin care containing fat

"Zinc is a good way to dry out the skin and really deprive it of moisture. Therefore, zinc is basically not so bad for blemished skin or with acne", says Moers-Carpi, who is a member of the Professional Association of German Dermatologists.

With acne better no zinc ointment

However, when it comes to skin care, it really depends on what type of skin you have. For pimples or acne, the dermatologist would not recommend a zinc ointment. Because an ointment is valuable – it contains fat. In the case of pimples or even acne, fat is exactly counterproductive, and moisture is better for skin care.

Basically, fatty substances should be used sparingly on the face, while moisture is very good for the facial skin, according to the dermatologist.

What is better than a zinc ointment for pimples?

Better than a greasy zinc ointment or cream for pimples is therefore a thin emulsion with zinc or a zinc paste – both should be applied very thinly, recommends Moers-Carpi. So when using zinc, it’s all about the right consistency and form.

And there is an alternative to external application: Moers-Carpi recommends that patients take about 30 to 50 milligrams of zinc per day, but not on an empty stomach. Used internally, zinc can be very helpful for inflamed areas, as it promotes wound healing,” explains Moers-Carpi.

With material from dpa