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Zinc Gluconate

* A biocide or deodorant agent, possible acne treatment * Also known as Zincum Gluconium

Zinc Gluconate is the zinc salt of gluconic acid, and is thought to be an antiviral agent or cosmetic biocide, used in cosmetics and personal care products most frequently as an acne treatment. Zinc Gluconate is also thought to speed wound healing and prevent scarring by assisting the body in processing essential fatty acids used by the skin for healing (AcneToHealth.com).

* A biocide or deodorant agent, possible acne treatment

* Also known as Zincum Gluconium

Functions:

Zinc Gluconate is the zinc salt of gluconic acid, and is thought to be an antiviral agent or cosmetic biocide, used in cosmetics and personal care products most frequently as an acne treatment. Zinc Gluconate is also thought to speed wound healing and prevent scarring by assisting the body in processing essential fatty acids used by the skin for healing (AcneToHealth.com).

According to a study published in Dermatology, acne sufferers were treated with zinc, or the antibiotic minocycline. "332 patients received either 30 milligrams elemental zinc or 100 milligrams minocycline over 3 months ... Minocycline and zinc gluconate are both effective in the treatment of inflammatory acne, but minocycline has a superior effect evaluated to be 17% in our study" (CosmeticsCop.com). Ultimately, Zinc Gluconate is thought to be an effective acne treatment, because of its antiviral properties, or its ability to kill bacteria. However, most studies done on Zinc Gluconate's effectiveness are based on oral supplements, rather than topical application.

Zinc Gluconate is FDA approved and has received its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database considers Zinc Gluconate a moderate hazard ingredient based on concerns regarding developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergic reactions, and organ system toxicity. One or more animal studies showed broad systemic effects at very low doses, and the Environmental Canada Domestic Substance List classifies it as "expected to be toxic or harmful."

The FDA issued a warning regarding Zinc, in relation to its inclusion in Zicam, an allergy medication, because it is thought to be a cause of anosmia, or the loss of smell. The FDA "warned consumers to stop using and discard three zinc-containing Zicam intranasal products. The products may cause a loss of sense of smell. . . . FDA is concerned that the loss of sense of smell may be permanent." However, it concluded that "This warning does not involve oral zinc tablets and lozenges taken by mouth. Dietary zinc is also not subject to this warning" (Wikipedia).

Recommended Products w/ Zinc Gluconate:

B Kamins Eyelash Fortifier, Juice Beauty Green Apple Body Peel, Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer, Chella’s Hydrating Face and Body Lotion, Azure Hydropeptide Serum
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