Acne: Copper or Zinc?

Test Date: January 20th, 2014

# of lesions: 10

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Unfortunately I have taken zinc and copper supplement or eaten beef liver intermittently for a long time, so the zinc and copper levels are not organic data.  I think acne patients would be wise to test zinc and copper.  On a hair metals analysis my copper levels far exceeded zinc, which would make sense as previously I consumed a regular multivitamin (2mg copper per day) plus weekly beef liver (12 mg copper per slice) would lead towards copper excess.  I will post that test soon.

Keep in mind that the recommended balance is 15mg zinc per 1 mg copper, as both antagonize each other.  Balance is crucial.

Vitamin D is at a good level. I have not found a correlation between vitamin D and acne, although theoretically it could give a small benefit.

Magnesium should be on the higher end of the reference range, as in upper half.  I have often been magnesium deficient.  Shoot for RBC levels above 5.

Magnesium has insulin sensitizing effects (anti-diabetic), so it will help acne some.  Every 5 or 10% decrease helps.  It also reduces anxiety and is involved in 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, so don’t go without.  The best forms are gylcinate or citrate, and magnesium oxide (the most common form) is very poorly absorbed.


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