The importance of zinc for skinintegrity

Approximately 6% of the body’s zinc stores are located in healthy skin.1 In wounded skin, however, zinc levels have been found to increase locally within the first 24 hours, most likely to aid in the removal of damaged tissue and to promote wound healing.2

Serum zinc levels have been found to be deficient in over 50% of patients, making zinc an essential nutrient for skin health.3 The ‘zinc challenge’ done by naturopaths in order to test this, come back with varying degrees of deficiency nearly every time.

Maintaining the integrity of the outermost layer of the epidermis is crucial for the barrier function of the skin. Known as the stratum corneum, this protective layer is like a fortress, composed of a ‘bricks and mortar’ type structure, where the ‘bricks’ are the corneocytes and the ‘mortar’ is the surrounding lipid layer which holds the bricks in place.

It is imperative for the health of the body, to keep this protective wall healthy and zinc is one of the chief components to do this.

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South Fremantle, 6162


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Hon KL, et al. Serum levels of heavy metals in childhood eczema and skin diseases: Friends or foes. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2010; 21:831-6

Lehmann B. The vitamin D3 pathway in human skin and its role for regulation of biological processes. PhotochemPhotobiol. 2005; 81: 1246-51.