For all the attention vitamins get in skin care circles, their similarly important cousins – minerals – receive relatively little attention. Minerals, also called the “spark plugs” of the body, carry out numerous vital functions through enzyme reactions, including the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes with an assist from vitamins.
At the medical spa offices of Steven M. Jepson, M.D., we encourage you to maximize your skin’s potential – both from the inside and out. Let’s look at three minerals the body is particularly interested in when it comes to skin, and how they might benefit you.
Zinc might be the most common mineral deficiency in skin, which is especially risky due to how vital it is for healing and repairing damaged skin. Zinc is an antioxidant that can protect against UV radiation, and helps heal wounds quickly. Zinc sunscreen and zinc oxide are common products, and the latter is available in a clear form that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients you might find in traditional sunscreens.
Zinc is a valuable anti-acne tool, working to limit breakouts and decrease scarring. Great food sources of zinc include oysters and other shellfish, veal liver, roast beef, lamb and pumpkin seeds. For people who need more, zinc supplements are available.
Sulfur is the third-most abundant mineral in the human body, and is present in every cell. Topical sulfur ointments can help treat acne, dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and even dandruff. It can help with shedding excessive skin, and fights against bacterial while clarifying the skin and minimizing pores. Great sources of sulfur include pastured meats like beef and chicken, garlic, onions, Brussel sprouts, asparagus, kale and fermented vegetables.
Selenium is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants out there, and when paired with vitamin E, it helps decrease and control acne. There are several practices that can lead to a deficiency in selenium: Smoking or drinking, taking birth control pills or having a condition like Crohn’s disease, IBS or ulcerative colitis – diseases that prevent the body from absorbing enough selenium. On the flip side, good sources of selenium include organ meats, fish like sardines and salmon, pastured meats, liver and Brazil nuts.
Want to learn more about minerals in the body, or interested in our services such as Coolsculpting or tattoo removal? Speak to the specialists at the offices of Steven M. Jepson, M.D. today.