What is zinc? - Zinc is an essential micronutrient with a multitude of important biological functions. While about 50% of our body’s zinc is in the bones, approximately 6% is contained in the skin .
Topical zinc has been used as a therapeutic modality for many years. When applied to the skin, zinc acts like a barrier, stimulates wound healing and is thought also to possess anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
+ May have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties
+ Emollients containing zinc have been shown to improve psoriasis
Zinc has proven effective against psoriasis
In patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis, an emollient containing 0.25% zinc pyrithione was compared with the emollient cream without zinc pyrithione when used twice daily for a period of 3 months. In that study, both emollients improved the psoriasis, but the zinc-containing emollient was shown to be more effective than the control .
Further, zinc oxide ointment applied twice daily for 21 days has been found effective in relieving the inflammation caused by the rubbing of one skin area against another , and zinc is known to be effective in other skin conditions such as diaper dermatitis.