Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Dermatol Ther. 2018 Jan;31(1). doi: 10.1111/dth.12576. Epub 2017 Nov 28.

The role of zinc in the treatment of acne: A review of the literature.

Author information

1
Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.
2
Dermatology Service, Miami VA Hospital, Miami, Florida.

Abstract

Acne vulgaris is a chronic disease of the pilosebaceous units presenting as inflammatory or noninflammatory lesions in individuals of all ages. The current standard of treatment includes topical formulations in the forms of washes, gels, lotions, and creams such as antibiotics, antibacterial agents, retinoids, and comedolytics. Additionally, systemic treatments are available for more severe or resistant forms of acne. Nevertheless, these treatments have shown to induce a wide array of adverse effects, including dryness, peeling, erythema, and even fetal defects and embolic events. Zinc is a promising alternative to other acne treatments owing to its low cost, efficacy, and lack of systemic side effects. In this literature review, we evaluate the effectiveness and side-effect profiles of various formulations of zinc used to treat acne.

KEYWORDS:

acne; inflammatory disorders; systemic therapy; therapy topical; zinc

PMID:
29193602
DOI:
10.1111/dth.12576
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center