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What are the benefits of zinc for the skin?

Zinc ensures the proper functioning of the immune and nervous systems. It also promotes growth. Beyond these benefits, this trace element possesses other properties beneficial to the skin. It combats excess sebum and stimulates the regeneration of skin cells. At Typology, we have developed several skin care products containing zinc.


Essential knowledge about zinc.

Zinc is a metallic particle symbolized as "Zn" and holds the atomic number 30 in the periodic table of elements. In metallurgy, it is a component of brass (zinc and copper), but it is also present in the human body, albeit in small quantities (around 2 to 3 grams), distributed in the muscles, bones, liver, and skin. It is a trace element, meaning it is a component essential for the proper functioning of the body. Zinc plays a role in DNA synthesis, aids in the production of certain proteins, and contributes to the balance of cognitive functions.A deficiency in zinc could exacerbate inflammatory phenomena.

It should be noted, this trace element cannot be stored by the body. Therefore, to reap its benefits, regular consumption of zinc-rich foods is essential. The food richest in zinc is the oyster, but there are others such as the offal, red meat, whole grain bread, and eggs.

When applied topically, zinc provides several benefits to the skin.It is included in the composition of certain skin care products in various forms such as zinc oxide, zinc gluconate, or zinc PCA.

The cosmetic properties of zinc.

When applied topically, zinc possesses several properties that are essential for skin health.

  • Zinc, a comprehensive anti-acne agent.

    Zinc is a trace element that possessesanti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healing propertiesthat are highly beneficial for acne. Indeed, it inhibits the growth of the bacteria responsible for acnePropionobacterium Acnes, which is the bacteria primarily involved in this skin condition. Moreover, zinc reduces the activity of the sebaceous glands due to its anti-androgenic activity. Thus, it helps regulate sebum production and thereby prevents blemishes.

  • Zinc, an effective UV filter when combined with oxygen.

    Zinc oxide is primarily aUV-protective filter. It is used in sunscreens, acting as a shield on the skin's surface. Indeed, it iseffective in blocking and deflecting UVA and UVB rays, thus protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

    Beware, in some products, it may be of nanometric size. The health risks are as follows: pSuspected percutaneous penetration, suspected reproductive toxicity, suspected genotoxicity, suspected carcinogenicity. Moreover, regarding the environment, there is also suspected aquatic ecotoxicity. Despite this, this UV filter remains bio-compatible according to the COSMOS standard.

    At Typology, we apply the precautionary principle and exclude nanoparticles from our formulas. Our sunscreen face SPF50 with aloe vera contains non-nanometric zinc oxide.

    However, it is important to note that whether zinc oxide is nano or not, exposure to high concentrations of this mineral compound can potentially cause inflammation of the respiratory tract as well as lung problems. For this reason, the European regulation has banned the presence of zinc oxide (nano or not) in spray formulas since February 24, 2018.

    Furthermore, zinc oxide is listed in ANNEX VI of the European regulation that governs UV filters. Whether it is nanometric or not, its maximum allowed concentration as a UV filter is 25%.

  • Zinc, an anti-microbial agent.

    Thanks to its antimicrobial action, it is also found in toothpastes (anti-plaque properties) as well as deodorants and antiperspirants. Moreover, it is also effective in sanitizing oily scalps, thereby limiting the appearance of greasy dandruff.

The role of zinc in Typology skincare.

At Typology, we use zinc derived from beetroot. It is then combined with L-PCA. The latter is a physiological vector, meaning it's an active ingredient that facilitates the absorption of zinc by skin cells.

To take advantage of the properties of zinc for your skin and scalp, you can select one of our treatments.

  • Thepurifying cleansing gelcontains 2% zinc PCA combined with bamboo extract. Bamboo naturally contains porous particles that absorb excess sebum on the skin. This high absorption capacity helps to reduce skin shine. Therefore, this compound is particularly recommended for combination to oily skin types.

  • Specifically designed for oily skin, thematifying serumis concentrated with zinc PCA, azelaic acid (10%) of plant origin, and organic bamboo extract to reduce excess sebum. Of plant origin, azelaic acid is known for its anti-comedogenic and anti-bacterial effects. Indeed, this molecule works to unclog pores and decrease the formation of "open" comedones (also known as blackheads). It also helps to combat the bacteria involved in acne.

  • Due to its content of sebum-regulating and antibacterial actives, ourpurifying face creammade with 4% zinc PCA and bamboo extract is ideal for moderating sebum secretion, refining skin texture, and preventing the appearance of unsightly blackheads. It should be applied daily to clean, dry skin, over yourface serum, using small circular movements during application until the cream is fully absorbed. However, this cream is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women due to the essential oils it contains.

  • Formulated without talc, silicones, and nanoparticles, our translucent mattifying loose powder specifically targets oily and shiny skin. A true hybrid product between skincare and makeup, it contains up to 1% of zinc PCA. This element helps to absorb excess sebum for an immediate and lasting matte finish, thus helping to extend the wear of tinted treatments. It also includes 0.1% of hyaluronic acid (INCI name: Sodium Hyaluronate): this hygroscopic compound can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a powerful skin care ingredient for instant hydration.

  • The local blemish serum contains 2% salicylic acid and 1% zinc, for a anti-bacterial and purifying overall action. It is typically used as a treatment, over a limited period of time, in local application: a single drop is enough for an isolated pimple.


  • GARG V. K. & al. An observational study of methionine-bound zinc with antioxidants for mild to moderate acne vulgaris. Dermatology and Therapy (2010).

  • GRABER E. M. & al. Over-the-counter acne treatments: a review. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology (2012). 

  • CHAUHAN P. S. & al. Zinc therapy in dermatology: a review. Dermatology Research and Practice (2014).


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