I love it when skincare is stripped bare.
Take away all the unnecessary layers and extra frills and leave in only the stuff that works. You know, the active ingredients that do the heavy lifting.
Less chance of irritations that way. And wading through the label becomes a breeze.
La Roche Posay Serozinc is stripped like that. All is left with is water, zinc sulfate and salt (yes, Sodium Chloride sounds posher, but it is still table salt).
I know what you’re thinking. Why should you splurge on a tube of water, salt and zinc?
Because zinc is a miracle cure for acne. Or so they say. But is that true?
Is Zinc Sulfate An Effective Treatment For Acne?
Well, there’s plenty of proof that zinc gluconate can get rid of acne. Studies have shown it can:
- Kill the bacteria that cause acne
- Soothe the redness associated with acne
- Reduce excess oil
- Reduce keratin (the protein that glues skin cells together), preventing breakouts
BUT… there’s a catch. It only works when taken orally. Supplements, that is.
But Serozinc ain’t a supplement. It’s a spray on toner.
And it doesn’t use zinc gluconate. It uses zinc sulfate.
So, does that mean it works better? Nope. The opposite, actually. It works worse.
I’ve found a study that compared zinc sulfate with a placebo. The results? No difference. Actually, there was a difference. Zinc was more irritating.
Another study found that 5% zinc sulfate can slightly improve acne. But, it didn’t work nearly as well as the 2% tea lotion it was compared to.
So, I wouldn’t say that zinc sulfate is completely useless to treat acne. But I still wouldn’t use it. There are much better treatments out there.Thinking of trying La Roche Posay Serozinc? Read this first #skincare #acneClick To Tweet
Is La Roche Posay Serozinc Worth The Splurge?
Ok, so Serozinc sort of failed its theory test. But, what about its practice test?
I’ve been using it for a few weeks even though my skin isn’t particularly oily at the moment. Just a bit shiny on my t-zone. That’s where I also get the occasional bout of blackheads.
Even though I’ve been spraying Serozinc on my face every morning, I can’t say it did anything for me. It felt refreshing on the skin, which is something I’d definitely appreciate a lot in summer. Not so much now, you know? But, apart from that, I can’t report any other benefits. 🙁
Even so, I don’t think it’s totally useless. Lots of people are using it with good results. After all, zinc does help with acne, so I tend to believe zinc sulfate helps acne a little bit too.
So, nope, not worth the hype. I’m giving this a pass, sorry!